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FEMA’s 90-day Appeal Process has begun for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS).  This period runs from February 15th to May 15, 2018. Flood Hazard Determination Notices have been sent to municipal officials and public notification concerning the appeal process were placed in local papers on two separate dates.

Digital versions of the maps can be viewed at; this website also provides a search function for specific addresses.

Or you can download the GIS files from the FEMA Map Service Center (search for your community, look under “Preliminary Products” and download the “Preliminary FIRM Database”.)

Once finalized and adopted, these maps will be used to determine if flood insurance is required and the rates that residential and commercial property owners will pay to the National Flood Insurance Program. The maps will also be utilized when reviewing development plans and enforcing floodplain management regulations.  For more information on the adoption process see our Map Adoption webpage.

The flood insurance rate maps currently in effect are 24-45 years old. Given their long-standing impact, the County encourages municipalities and property owners to take this rare opportunity to review, and if necessary, comment on the revised preliminary maps.

If residents have comments, please submit them in writing to:

Washington Township Municipal Building

c/o Flood Plan Administrator

43 Schooley's Mountain Road

Long Valley, NJ 07853


Join us on March 6, 2018 at the Valley View Chapel to learn about Opioids and Addiction in our Community. 


Please view the invitation by clicking HERE


The event is free but we request that you RSVP at


Washington Township is looking for a local business or resident who is willing to donate a well-maintained 4x4 pickup for use as the municipal emergency management vehicle.  In addition to the charitable tax credit and a formal proclamation by the Mayor announcing your gift, your generosity will be displayed for all to see on each side of the vehicle.  If you can help, please contact Township Administrator Andrew Coppola on [email protected] or (908) 876-3315.




PT TAX ASSESSMENT OFFICE CLERK – WASHINGTON TWP, MORRIS COUNTY – $13-$17/Hr., 21 to 28 hours per week. Must have strong customer service and computer skills including Word and Excel. Familiarity with municipal government or real estate preferred, municipal assessing office experience a plus. Send application, by Feb. 26 to [email protected] or fax 908-876-5138. EOE. The Township will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.


Employment Application




Spring repairs are being announced for a lightly used county bridge that spans a tributary of the Black River in Washington Township, and which is showing signs of deterioration.


County Bridge No. 1401-260, or Black River Road Bridge, is a single span, stone masonry arch structure, with asphalt pavement. There are no available records to show when it was built.

The small bridge, located near Pickle Road, is just 12-feet long and 21-feet wide, and carries an average of 245 vehicles each day.

Due to deterioration caused by water seepage, some stones are falling from the underside of the arch at the fascia location.

The Morris County Bridge Department has placed water-filled barriers along the fascia to keep traffic off that portion of the bridge on a temporary basis.

Proposed repairs are under design. Repair work is anticipated to start in the spring.

Bridge Department inspectors noticed the problem recently during a routine inspection. In addition to the placement of barriers on the narrow bridge, the county installed signs in each direction to alert motorists that they are now facing a single lane bridge ahead.



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