This Day in History: 1961-08-04
The Mahwah Flood Control Committee was cool to an invitation to join the Upper Passaic Valley Flood Control Committee because of their opposition to the proposal to raise the level of the Oakland Dam to 200 feet. They re-expressed their total opposition to any detention dam in the Ramapo Valley. In this the Mahwah Committee was joining the Deerhaven Association and the Valley Association. Although a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers maintained that neither a place nor a height for the proposed dam had been set, there was some disagreement as to how much the existing dam would have to be raised to be able to impound the over one million extra gallons of water which was the target of the project. Most local people agreed with Stephen Dole of the State Department of Conservation and Economic Development that a 200′ dam was impossible in the area.