Flood Water Level Tracking, Lincoln Park, NJ

 

      Lincoln Park flood water level tracking sensor
Lincoln Park flood water level tracking sensor

 

Residents of Lincoln Park, New Jersey can now track flood water levels at five different points in the Pompton River from the comfort of their own homes thanks to a newly installed automated, real-time flood warning system. The flood water level tracking gauges were fully installed and online as of September 5, 2006.

Local law enforcement came up with the idea to install the flood water level tracking gauges and seek funding for the project after the 2005 season's detrimental flooding. The old "system" consisted of sending officers out to wade through the waters and take flood water level readings from thirteen staff gauges placed along the waterways. The flood water level reading process typically took one officer one-and-a-half hours to complete.

The Borough won the funding for the flood water level tracking project in two grants totaling $50,000.00. They were awarded through the New Jersey State Police Emergency Management in conjunction with the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. One of the main criteria that allowed the Borough to win the grant was that the flood water level tracking gauges will also aid neighboring and downstream municipalities, including Pequannock, Wayne, Fairfield, and Little Falls.

Jonach Electronics of Whippany, New Jersey was selected as the contractor for the flood water level tracking project. Jonach Electronics is a two-way communications company that designs and services automated flood water level tracking systems for Federal, State and local governments. According to Jay Jonach, owner and president, "we turned to High Sierra Electronics for our hardware needs because of their quality and customer service". They chose the Model 3467 Packaged Water Level Station, which uses an ultrasonic level sensor to track flood water levels. One of the significant advantages this station offers, compared to pressure transducers and shaft encoders, is these flood water level tracking sensors do not need to come into contact with the water. The flood water level tracking sensor is less susceptible to damage from water borne debris and is easier to access if servicing is required during periods of high water. Two of the flood water level tracking sites also include a Model 2400 Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge, which allows Borough personnel to create a history of rainfall measurements for further predicting flood levels.

The data collected from the flood water level tracking gauging stations is transmitted to the National Weather Service and then put on the local server. The Police Department utilizes specialized software to view the flood water level tracking data in real time and update their Web site every fifteen minutes. Users can also find them by going to water.weather.gov/ahps2/, selecting the Philadelphia/Mount Holly, NJ option from the list, and then selecting the Pompton River flood water level tracking site from the pull-down menu below the map.


 

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