Aftermath of the Tocks Island Dam Proposal
Following the disastrous flooding on the Delaware River in 1955, the Army Corps of Engineers secured Congressional approval to build a dam just above the Delaware Water Gap, at a location called Tocks Island.
The results were disastrous, with thousands of people being displaced from their small farms and homes in a quiet, largely unrecognized, area of Northwestern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Grossly underfunded, the project encountered stiff opposition, was a focus of the start of the environmental movement, and the dam was never built. Left behind was a National Recreation Area faced with more responsibilities than it could cope with.
Jim tells the story, starting with the early Leni Lenape settlers, the impact of the project on the local people, the demise of municipalities, and the current status.
A full, heavily illustrated presentation is available for showing, based on this research.