Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Full Federal Funding for Green Brook Sub Basin Flood Control Project
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2023) — Following confirmation that the Green Brook Sub Basin Flood Control Project will be fully funded by the federal government, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued this statement:
“I am excited to announce that the Green Brook Sub Basin Flood Control Project will be 100 percent federally funded. Given state and municipal governments’ comparatively small budgets, it’s the U.S. government’s duty to make sure our communities have the resources they need to complete essential large-scale infrastructure projects.
“Nearly half a century ago, flooding devastated communities in the Green Brook and Raritan River area in Central New Jersey. Despite its initial authorization decades ago, the Green Brook Sub Basin Flood Control Project has since gone unfinished due to insufficient federal funding. Today, following my years of service as New Jersey’s sole congressional appropriator, that is finally changing.
“After Hurricane Ida devastated communities in my district and across the state, I demanded that the Biden Administration provide the necessary funding to speed up and complete construction of the Green Brook Sub Basin Flood Control Project. Today’s federal funding comes in addition to the $496 million I secured for the project last year. Thanks to this investment, construction will now conclude within this decade.
“This long-overdue infrastructure will protect Central New Jersey communities from the catastrophic consequences of severe flooding. I’m proud to have played a part in seeing the project through to completion.”