MONTCLAIR, NJ (June 16, 2021) – Northern New Jersey’s severe stormwater overflow issues could be addressed with creation of the Essex-Hudson Greenway according to the Open Space Institute (OSI) which, along with the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, has been spearheading the creation of the linear park.
The Essex-Hudson Greenway project is expected to help local communities address several dire infrastructure challenges including the fact that raw sewage infiltrates and contaminates local streets, area homes, and the Passaic and Hackensack rivers after heavy rains.
“The impact of the Essex-Hudson Greenway cannot be overstated, not only for its positive benefits to stormwater mitigation and public health, but also for its improvement on access to nature and creation of countless new recreational and transportation opportunities that will benefit us, our children, and our grandchildren,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO.
“The opportunity to introduce green infrastructure solutions into the Greenway project is a game-changer for local communities,” said Jennifer Coffey, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, which has endorsed the Essex-Hudson Greenway project. “The combined health and safety benefits along with the savings to taxpayers are enormous.”