Reservoirs Lowered Friday, Stopped Saturday

DEP confirms reservoirs were lowered immediately following Christie's order Friday evening, but stopped 6 p.m. Saturday.

Mayor Ann Subrizi said that reservoirs that feed into the Hackensack River were lowered immediately following Governor Chris Christie's order on Friday, but stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday in order for the released water to clear the system .

After taking part in a conference call with the Governor earlier Sunday, Subrizi said that DEP Commissioner Bob Martin confirmed that the reservoirs were immediately lowered following the Governor's Friday order, but stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday. In northern Bergen County, the reservoirs include the Woodcliff Lake-Lake Tappan-Oradell Reservoir system operated by United Water.

The Oradell Reservoir may have accepted water from the other reservoirs in the system, making more room for the subsequent runoff. As of Sunday afternoon, the Oradell Reservoir is at 17.74'. The highest it can go without spilling over is 23.16'.

High Tides are expected on Monday around 10:26 a.m./10:43 p.m.

Stay tuned to Patch for additional updates and coverage on the storm.

Rosemary Fuhrman October 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Thanks to Mayor Subrizi for following up on this important issue. However, predictions call for 10+ inches of rain. At the current level of 17.,74", even just 10 inches of rain will cause flooding. This does not take into account the full moon effect on the tides. What can we do to get United Water to lower the reservoir another 5 inches?
Pat October 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I call B.S. WOW a whole 4 inches, at best. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nj/nwis/current/?type=flow
Rick October 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM
That's their answer to this video that shows they did nothing. I sent Rich Henning at United Water an email at 7:40am Saturday morning asking why they have not begun releasing. Now they're saying the Oradel Reservoir may have accepted water from other systems to make room for subsequent runoff? ARE THEY CRAZY? THEY DID NOTHING & here's all the proof you need: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epwz3iwtV-Q&feature=plcp
Celeste Scavetta October 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Pat -- never forget. UW is in the BUSINESS of SELLING water. They only released what they "had" to by the Governor's order.
Lori Barton October 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Right, Rick. They made room in the OTHER reservoirs for run-off. So whatever they let out of Oradell was replaced by the water they let out of their other reservoirs. But remember: they are not responsible for our flooding. They need to redirect the water from the other reservoirs to someplace other than Oradell. Those other communities will not flood but we will. Thanks again UW. You continue to rape New Milford. I'm tired of your excuses. Mismanagement is definitely to blame. Find another way to divert the runoff from your other facilities other than to our homes, schools, and businesses.
Michael J. Gadaleta October 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM
United water is waiting for Friday's water to " clear the system ". How thoughtful, How much water was released, why is it not on-going now, did someone go home Friday and close the spillway ?. We need some leadership on this from someone . MJGadaleta
TommyIce October 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
And they'll be back next week still asking to build that monstrosity of a development in New Milford. Can't wait to see the pictures of that property all flooded. And it will flood.
newmilford1967 October 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Bring Deldouchio there tomorrow and let him see it.
Rosemary Fuhrman October 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hence the problem with a company that provides a public good being accountable first and foremost to the shareholders. We, as citizens, trust them to be stewards of a common natural resource, and to work as our agents in keeping the water clean and available and managing the network of lakes, streams, and reservoirs. The profit motive is at odds with the company's role of public steward of a vital natural resource. The profit motive will always win. United Water will do the absolute minimum required by law if it interferes in any way with the bottom line.
River watcher October 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Thank you Patch for following what I reported yesurday Storm or miss!!! this Company Ignored a Direct order from the Gov. as they did a Year ago when ordered to lower for Ireane (they only lowered Oradell nothing at Deforest and not a drop out of Lake Tappan and caused wide spread looses by playing a shell game at our and all taxpayers expence. This must stop
David Bednarcik October 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Hope it helps
scooby doo October 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
haha...the first time I had something to laugh at today
another concerned citizen October 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
JUST READ THIS ON UW WEBSITE. NOTICE NO SPECIFIC AMOUNTS 10-28-2012 UNITED WATER CONTINUES STORM PREPARATIONS United Water New Jersey is continuing with preparations to handle heavy rain that may occur in the next few days. On Friday afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) requested United Water New Jersey increase water releases from its three reservoirs (Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Oradell Reservoirs). The specific releases were determined by the NJDEP and followed by United Water New Jersey.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I’m confused. UW talks about water release in regard to dam protection. Protection from what? Water overtopping the dam? If so, shouldn’t the gates always be opened b4 the spillway goes into effect. When it rains 3 times the amount the reservoir will hold, and overtopping the dam cannot be prevented, does that mean the dam is threatened? Also, UW began releasing water Thurs. Aug 25 evening b4 Irene Sun Aug 28. It takes 12 hours for the water to travel the gravity-fed system to us. They continued releasing through Fri. Aug 26. I don’t know when they stopped, but how could they not have contributed to the flooding when they pushed all that water down our way while it was raining? Plus at the Atlantic Ocean where this water empties, with up to a 10 foot storm surge expected from Sandy, won’t the beachfront residents flood more because of the release. UW is a billion dollar company, and this is the best they can come up with? Activists are necessary because historically corporations like this lack consciences. When your bottom line includes a disregard for human suffering caused by you, it’s not only immoral, it’s criminal. Even though they manage to slither out of most lawsuits against them, they go to bed filthy. They may feel they have won, but there comes a time in everyone’s life when their bill comes due.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:52 AM
In my recent review of the 4-25-11 M&C minutes, Dr. Stephen Boswell said “the only way the water company could make flooding worse would be if, as the reservoir spillway began to overtop, they also opened up the sluice gates, but that this does not happen because once the spillway goes into effect that is the release of the water.” Later he said that the flooding was not because they opened the gates, it was because the water overtopped the dam implying that the gates had been opened while the spillway was in effect. This contradiction continued to bother me, so I wrote to Dr. Boswell twice, with zero response. He obviously could not be bothered or was afraid to answer the question. If the spillway was in effect and they opened the gates, how could outflow not exceed inflow? With UW listed as one of Boswell’s clients, Margita Batistic should not be the engineer for the Hekemian application. She asks no questions of Hekemian’s engineer despite serious reasons to do so. Instead Dipple testifies repeatedly: “Your own engineer concurs with what I have said and with my findings.” Of course she does, UW is a big client to lose. DelVecchio bumped our planner because he represented the planner’s wife at one time. Yet Margita has UW as a client, and we are stuck with her. Her presence there serves Hekemian since she has every reason not to challenge his witnesses.
Michelle October 29, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Thank you Mayor Ann Subrizi for watching out for us. Thank you Rick for collecting evidence. Everyone who can, please continue to collect evidence, pictures of before and after, and of the Sheffield in Englewood. I will be out there with my camera too. And thank you NewMilford1967, I needed that laugh! What you say is true!! Be safe everyone!


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