MacArthur Calls on Army Corps to Resolve Toms River Easements Situation
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur issued a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to resolve the ongoing Toms River easements issue. MacArthur organized a meeting in May between the US Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and local Toms River officials to discuss the issue, but there has been little progress or communication from the ACOE since.
“The Army Corps of Engineers ought to be taking every action to resolve this issue, by working with State and Local officials to clear the hurdle of easements in Toms River,” MacArthur said. “Toms River's local elected officials have done everything they can to provide support for the Army Corps, but continue to get the run around. It is completely unacceptable.”
Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher said, “We are grateful for Congressman MacArthur’s assistance and look forward to working with him towards a swift resolution on this issue. We continue to remain in limbo, and are simply asking the Army Corps of Engineers to honor the easements that we worked diligently with community leaders to collect.”
"Forcing Toms River to start over on these easements is an irresponsible and shortsighted decision, as the suggestion that the existing easements are not legally binding could crack open the entire process and undo years of work. It disregards the safety of my constituents, who are beginning another hurricane season without any protection from this project nearly 3 years after Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coastline." MacArthur wrote in his letter.
Read the full letter here.