Work on Wanaque Watershed to Be Pushed to Completion
Now that the ban is taken off of Municipal improvement by the Government, resumption of activities toward the acquisition of land and water rights and the preparation of plans and maps, all incident to the development of the Wanaque watershed has been decided upon by the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission of New Jersey. The commission re-engaged William H. Boardman as assistant consulting engineer and authorized its consulting engineer, Morris R. Sherrerd, to prepare to engage a staff of six engineers. It is desired to advance the commission’s plans during the winter so that by spring contracts for construction work can be let and the building of the reservoir and dam be started. Negotiations for the purchase of the Hewitt estate, consisting of from 600 to 800 acres in Passaic County, will be opened formally at the commission’s meeting next Tuesday. This land is needed as part of the site of the reservoir. Before long the commission may appoint a real estate man to represent it in the acquisition of properties in the watershed and may engage permanent counsel. At present Frank R. Sommer is serving as special counsel.