Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New Life for Old Raceways?

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New Life for Old Raceways?

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PATERSON -- City officials are looking to hire an engineering firm to study the possibility of restoring the raceways in the historic district around the Great Falls.

The raceways are the man-made canals that channeled water from the Passaic River to run the mills around which Paterson grew into a city many generations ago. In recent years, the water has been blocked from the raceways, and the canals have become littered with debris.

As part of the plans for the Great Falls national park, federal officials want to revive the raceway system so that it can serve almost as a functioning historic exhibit.

Mayor Joey Torres recently announced his intention to move ahead on the raceway study. The study would provide cost estimates as well as recommendations for ways to permanently rehabilitate the raceways, officials said. Torres also wants to examine the feasibility of "rewatering" the raceway system from the Stanley M. Levine Reservoir, located just above the upper raceway, as an alternative to draining it as part of a state plan to replace three open-air reservoirs on Garrett Mountain with concrete tanks. …

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