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Should Morristown Foot $1M Dredging Bill? Ponds, Parks, Trees Dominate Council Meeting

Posted on October 31, 2016

By Kevin Coughlin,

To dredge or not to dredge. That is the question at Foote’s Pond.

After studying the pond all summer, the Morristown Environmental Commission on Tuesday told the town council the solution is… another study.

Dredging is estimated to cost about $1 million. If no action is taken, silt eventually will fill the three-acre pond and vegetation will take over, creating a meadow.

The commission recommends a $30,000 hydrology study, to ascertain the pond’s importance for stormwater retention and the impact any town actions (or inaction) will have downstream of the James Street nature area.

“If you’re going to dredge the pond, you need to know what the storage volume is so that you know when you need to do the dredging. Otherwise you’re just shooting in the dark. You can go out and dredge and spend a million dollars and you don’t know when you have to do it again,” said Commissioner Justin M. Protasiewicz.


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