"There is a lot being done right now on the state level to remedy the effects of acute flooding instances, particularly those that arose from Superstorm Sandy, but there are many chronic issues here in the Pascack Valley that have been unaddressed," Birkner said at a recent council meeting.
The issue of de-snagging the Pascack Brook has come up before, but the high cost has deterred municipal officials from pursuing the project. Plus, the nature of waterways means that towns are at the mercy of those upstream, Birkner told Patch.
Birkner has also advocated for Gov. Chris Christie to order the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir be kept at the lower water level used in the winter — 91 feet — all year, instead of the 95-foot level used in the summer.
United Water representatives have said they use the higher level because of the increased demand and potential for drought during hot summer months. Keeping the reservoir at a lower level would allow it to absorb more of the rain during storms, according to Birkner.
"We don't need any funding to do that," Birkner said. "It's common sense."