Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority will receive $20 million in federal funding to help upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, according to a Monday announcement from U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.
TRWRA will use the funding to replace a damaged sewer line and build a new main pump station in a lower-risk area. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
“New Jersey’s resilience against the effects of future storms has been one of my top priorities ever since Superstorm Sandy devastated our state over 10 years ago. This funding will help make critical improvements to the sewer line and pump station that will safeguard our rivers and surrounding waters from a devastating sewage spill and future flooding events,” Pallone (D-6th Dist.) said. “I’m grateful to Gov. (Phil) Murphy, (U.S.) Sen. (Bob) Menendez and (state) Sen. (Vin) Gopal for their support of this project and our coastal communities.”
“Thanks in no small part to the tireless work of FEMA and our congressional delegation, this project will help protect tens of thousands of New Jerseyans from future storms and flooding,” Murphy said. “Crucially, by committing federal dollars toward the overhaul of this critical infrastructure, the state will realize a considerable return on its investment of FEMA resilience funding without imposing additional taxpayer burdens. It’s smart, forward-looking investments like these that will better prepare and protect our local communities and economies against the worsening impacts of climate change.”
“We need 21st-century infrastructure to support the Monmouth County of the future and protect us against extreme weather events like major flooding,” Gopal (D-Ocean Twp.) stated. “These projects are fundamental to keeping our communities clean, healthy and prepared. Thanks to this infusion of funding, Monmouth County will have a modernized infrastructure to safeguard our communities and natural resources. This will be instrumental during storm events to keep our homes, businesses and beaches disaster-free.”