GREENWICH, CT—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, Colonel Paul E. Owen, Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers for the New York District, and local activists today celebrated an agreement in Greenwich to conduct a flood mitigation study of the Byram River Watershed. After years of bipartisan work between federal and local officials, the Congressman, along with Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York, secured funding for the study in the 2012 federal budget.

“Thank you to the Corps, community activists, and our town selectmen for their aggressive work to reduce flooding damage in the Byram River area,” Himes said. “This is a huge first step in our efforts to improve flood control on the Byram River and reduce damage to the environment, homes, businesses, and local infrastructure that are so costly to both the town and those who live along the water.”

For decades, Pemberwick residents have suffered from severe flooding, resulting in bridge damage, neighborhood evacuation accompanied by necessary utility shutdowns, and flood damage to residences and businesses along the river. But the study now funded by the Army Corps will provide new solutions to help prevent future damage. Recommendations may include both structural and non-structural changes and watershed management techniques.

“The Byram River is a vital tributary traversing two States, New York and Connecticut, as well as several local jurisdictions. The Town of Greenwich is pleased to have the support of the Federal Army Corp of Engineers to undertake the Feasibility Study of the Byram River Basin,” said Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei. “From this study we expect to see viable options for reducing flood waters into the neighborhoods along the River.  Our thanks to all parties involved in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion - Congressman Himes, the ACOE, State and Local officials, along with Save Our Shores and the Glenville-Pemberwick Association.”

"The Corps of Engineers is pleased to be partnering with the Town of Greenwich as we work together to evaluate flood risk management alternatives for the community," said New York District Commander Col. Paul E. Owen. "Together, and working with the public, I'm confident we'll be able to determine the best, most feasible way to address chronic flooding and help local residents."