The New Jersey Section of the American Water Resources Association (NJ-AWRA)
Primary Partners: Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc.; North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development, NJDEP Fish & Wildlife
Location: Oxford, Warren County, New JerseyAmy S. Greene Environmental Consultants Inc. (ASGECI) partnered with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development County to restore the 91 acre Kittatinny Valley State Park - Kenco Acquisition in Great Meadows, Warren County. The project supports DFW’s mission to manage and protect the State’s fish and wildlife and their habitats,while achieving the Wetland Mitigation Council’s objectives to replace wetland functions and values permanently lost through permitted impacts under the NJ Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act. The use of these funds provides for wildlife habitat restoration and installation of recreation facilities without taxpayer or user funding. The conceptual design received final approval and funding on August 5th 2014 and restoration of the site was undertaken by a local contractor in 2017. It is currently undergoing 5 years of maintenance monitoring (2018-2022). As a result of this project, over 1 mile of floodplain shelf and riparian zone habitat along the Pequest River was created, over 90 acres of Great Meadows has been restored, and 9.1 acres of stream corridors have been enhanced. Furthermore, local habitat has been enhanced for many NJ-listed threatened and endangered species. Restored wetland conditions have also resulted in the colonization of the site by an endangered plant never before recorded for Warren County!