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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) launched a Youth Inclusion Initiative to help the State of New Jersey develop the next generation of environmental protection, conservation and stewardship leaders while also providing an avenue for young adults from open space-constrained communities to engage with nature as they provide valuable stewardship services to the public through jobs at NJDEP. 

This year, the youth inclusion program is partnering with Groundwork Elizabeth, Rutgers University Camden, and Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation to create a workforce development curriculum for people ages 17 to 24. Groundwork Elizabeth sent 12 participants to this year’s program, and Rutgers Camden and the Ironbound Community Corporation each sent 10.

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The curriculum provides career education in the environmental protection field and helps the young participants develop the skills necessary to pursue those career paths in New Jersey. Participants learn through classroom instruction and by working across sectors regulated by the NJDEP, including water resources, air quality, energy and sustainability, public lands management, and wildlife. 

Susan Lockwood of NJDEP’s Division of Land Resource Protection’s Mitigation Unit reached out to Princeton Hydro to showcase ecosystem restoration and mitigation efforts across the state as well as discuss the variety of career roles that make these projects possible. Our portion of the curriculum entailed each group of students visiting two sites to learn about the benefits of restoring a landscape with native vegetation. Our discussion explored different fields of work related to urban environmental restoration and water resource protection and the job responsibilities of environmental scientists, water resource engineers, geologists, ecologists, pesticide applicators, and regulatory compliance specialists. 

The Abbott Marshlands in Trenton, New Jersey

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After a quick stop at NJDEP’s office in Trenton to learn about NJ invasive species, all three groups popped over to the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Mercer County’s John A. Roebling Park to see the restoration site in the Abbott Marshlands. The 3,000-acre Abbott Marshlands is the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and contains valuable habitat for many rare species like River Otter, American Eel, Bald Eagle, and various species of wading birds. Unfortunately, the area has experienced a significant amount of loss and degradation, partially due to the introduction of the invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis). For Mercer County Park Commission, Princeton Hydro implemented a restoration plan to remove Common Reed and expose the native seed bank in 40-acres of the marsh to increase biodiversity, improve recreational opportunities, and enhance visitor experience. Students learned how to tell the difference between the invasive Common Reed vs. native Wild Rice (Zizania palustris L.). They utilized tools of the trade like field guides and binoculars to identify flora and fauna in the marsh. Learn more about this project.


Mullica River Wetland Mitigation Site in Evesham, New Jersey

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After visiting the Roebling site, students from Camden traveled down to Evesham Township in Burlington County to visit the Mullica River Wetland Mitigation Site. For this project, Princeton Hydro worked with GreenVest, LLC to restore a highly degraded 34-acre parcel of land which was previously used for cranberry cultivation. Through the implementation of restoration activities focused on removing the site’s agricultural infrastructure, Princeton Hydro and GreenVest were able to restore a natural wetland system on the site and over 1,600 linear feet of stream, providing forested, scrub-shrub, and emergent wetlands, forested uplands, headwater stream and riparian buffer, and critical wildlife habitat. The project also significantly uplifted threatened and endangered species habitats including Timber Rattlesnake.

Susan Lockwood of NJDEP, Owen McEnroe of GreenVest, and Dana Patterson of Princeton Hydro, lead the group of 10 students. They learned the difference between restoration and mitigation and got to experience the remoteness of Pinelands habitat. Walking through the site, we shared how the dam and dike removal helped to restore the river back to its natural free-flowing state and the numerous resulting environmental benefits.The site was chosen for the Camden students in order to demonstrate that successful mitigation and restoration projects happen throughout the State and not far from urban centers like Camden. Learn more about this project.


3. Third River Floodplain Wetland Enhancement Project in Bloomfield, New Jersey

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After visiting the Roebling site, students from Newark and Elizabeth trekked up to Essex County to visit an urban wetland creation project now known as Lion Gate Park. The once densely developed, abandoned Scientific Glass Factory in Bloomfield Township was transformed into a thriving public park with 4.2 acres of wetlands. Students heard the story of how this project came to be; decades of advocacy and litigation by community members and environmental nonprofits to stop redevelopment of the site into 148 townhomes. Bloomfield Township eventually secured the property to preserve as open space through a range of grants from NJDEP. Serving as the ecological engineer to Bloomfield Township, Princeton Hydro designed, permitted, and oversaw construction for the restoration project and is currently monitoring the site. The restoration work brought back to the land valuable ecological functions and natural floodplain connection, enhanced aquatic and wildlife habitat, and increased flood storage capacity for urban stormwater runoff. Learn more about this project.


 

The NJDEP Youth Inclusion Initiative began on July 5 with a week of orientation classes, and continued through August with classroom and in-field learning. The initiative culminates on August 26 with a graduation and NJDEP Career Day, during which students will have the opportunity to meet with and discuss career options with various organizations tabling at the event, including Princeton Hydro.

Click here to learn more about the NJDEP education program. If you’re interested in learning more about Princeton Hydro’s ecological restoration services, click here.

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A green roof is a roof fully or partially covered in plants and waterproof media that helps reduce the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff from roofs by temporarily storing stormwater, slowing excess stormwater release, and promoting evaporation.

Green roofs offer many benefits. They can help regulate a building’s internal temperature, which leads to heating and cooling energy savings; reduce stormwater runoff; mitigate the urban heat island effect; and increase biodiversity. 

From the planted rooftop of a building in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, we spoke with Philadelphia Green Roofs Principal and Owner Jeanne Weber, BSLA, GRP about the basics and benefits of green roofs for stormwater management. Click below to watch:

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To learn more about green infrastructure and stormwater management, check out our blog:

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The Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring a variety of conferences, water quality workshops, and summertime community activities. In this Spotlight edition, we provide a snapshot of what's coming up and information on how to get involved:

July 15: Pennsylvania Lake Management Society's Full Moon Paddle

In celebration of Lakes Appreciation Month, you're invited to a full moon paddle/float on Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The event, which also includes a water quality education workshop and paddle board demonstration, is being hosted by PALMS, the staff of Blue Marsh Lake, Aqua Om Paddle, Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards, Berks County Conservation District, Tulpehocken Creek Watershed Association, and Berks Nature. The workshop and demo is from 5-8pm and the full moon paddle is from 8-10pm, both are free and open to people of all ages. Get more info.

July 21: Lake Hopatcong Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala & Auction

Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) invites you to join its annual 10th Anniversary Gala & Auction, which aims to bring together community members who are passionate about Lake Hopatcong, to have fun and raise funds critically needed to protect the environment and enhance the experience on and around Lake Hopatcong. Guests are asked to wear hues of blue and are promised an evening of great camaraderie, food, music, an auction, and raffles.  Get more info & Register.

July 23: Trenton’s Summer Splash Bash

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate summer with the whole family? Look no further than Trenton’s Summer Splash Bash hosted by the Trenton South Ward Neighborhood Association! This free, family-friendly event includes an all-hands-on-deck water blaster battle, live music, and much more! A proud sponsor of the bash, Princeton Hydro invites you to come by its exhibitor table to say hello. We hope to see you at Mill Hill Park on Saturday, July 23 from 1 - 5pm!


July 29: Riverfest - Musconetcong Watershed Association's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) for its 30th Anniversary Celebration from 5 - 9pm at Donaldson Farms! The evening includes live music by The Emulators, five fabulous food trucks, a raffle, and tons of fun. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor of this event, has been working with the MWA in the areas of river restoration, dam removal, and engineering consulting since 2003. The MWA’s mission is to protect and improve the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources. They fulfill their mission through public education and awareness programs, river water quality monitoring, promotion of sustainable land management practices, and community involvement.

Get more info & Register.

August 1-3: National Stream Restoration Conference

The Resource Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing America's natural resources by restoring streams, rivers and wetlands, is hosting the first-ever National Stream Restoration Conference. The 3-day event, themed "Sharing Visions for the Future," will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville Tennessee. 500 stream restoration professionals are expected to attend the conference, which includes an exhibitor hall and a wide variety of education sessions, including two which are being lead by members of the Princeton Hydro team:

Get more info & Register.

August 5: 7th Annual Adirondack Lakes Alliance Symposium

The Adirondack Lakes Alliance represents lake and river associations within Adirondack Park and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Adirondack waters. This 6M-acre region, the largest publicly protected area within the contiguous United States, includes 3k+ lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. The Alliance welcomes you to its 2022 Symposium, which is titled, “New Challenges, New Approaches." Princeton Hydro's Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM, Senior Project Manager, Aquatics, is presenting at the symposium. Get more info & Register.

August 9: The Wild World of Watersheds

Our Senior Project Manager of Aquatics Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM will be at the Starsmore Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado talking about the wild world of watersheds! Discover what makes up a healthy watershed, why water quality is important, and explore the North Cheyenne Cañon Creek for evidence of watershed health! This free program runs from 8-9pm is an adult-focused presentation. The program will take place both indoors and outdoors along North Cheyenne Cañon Creek. RSVP to Starsmore.Staff@ColoradoSprings.gov Get more info & Register.

August 12: Columbia/Greene Regional Lakes Coalition Meeting

Join NYSFOLA for its annual Columbia/Greene regional meeting at the Sleepy Hollow Lake Lodge in Athens, New York. NYSFOLA Board members Terri Mayhew and Laurel Wolfe are putting together an full day of educational and engaging workshops and panel discussions, including a presentation from Princeton Hydro Staff Scientist Jesse Smith titled, "CSLAP and customized monitoring: How additional data is helping Sleepy Hollow Lake." The day will also include lunch and boat rides on the lake. Get more info & Register.

August 24: The Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance - Water Quality & HABs Workshop

Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk is leading a water quality and watershed management workshop in Fountain Creek, Colorado ash Metric Brewing. His educational workshop will focus primarily on understanding and identifying HABs with an emphasis on the significant health dangers harmful algal toxins pose to humans and dogs, and what folks can do to protect themselves and their pets. The event is being coordinated by The Fountain Creek Brewshed® Alliance, which is a program of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District. The Alliance’s goal is to engage citizens in conversations and actions that will lead to water protection and enhancement.  The group consists of water resource and craft brewing industry professionals connecting Colorado communities to the shared values of healthy watersheds and locally made beer through education and events. Get more info & stay tuned for more Colorado events.

September 17: Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference

The Northwest New Jersey partners of the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative presents the Fourth Annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference. The focus of this year’s Conference is on Tourism and promoting a compatible tourism economy that leverages the regions incredible natural resources. Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this event, which aims to give participants a better understanding of the relationship between our region’s water and other natural resources and our region’s quality of life, including enhanced water quality, developing a vibrant tourism sector economy, expanding recreational opportunities, and appreciating the region’s scenic values. Get more info & Register

September 21: Science Seminar Series - What’s in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Stroud Water Research Center presents Episode Three of its Science Seminar Series - What's in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. This free education session, sponsored by Princeton Hydro, will be offered in-person and via Zoom. The Schuylkill River will be the focus of Episode Three. Mike Hartshorne, director of ecological services at Princeton Hydro, will share the details of the yearlong Schuylkill River community science project, which was just recently completed, and share the culminating interactive ArcGIS StoryMap, which documents the ecological status and local perceptions of the river. Get more info & Register

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

June 18: Juneteenth Celebration Black Farmers Market

Presented by Outdoor Equity Alliance and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, and sponsored by Princeton Hydro, the Juneteenth Celebration Black Farmers Market, was a hugely successful event centered around the cultivation of energy and germination of ideas to help in the development of urban gardening. The OEA founded the Black Farmers Market to focus on agriculture and its importance to African American and marginalized communities. The Juneteenth celebration was held in Trenton’s Mill Hill Park, which is about 1 mile from Princeton Hydro's new headquarter office. During the event, members of the Princeton Hydro team distributed native plants that were donated by Pinelands Nursery. Get more info.

 

 
 

Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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1. Plan Ahead & Review Your Local Regulations.

Before you go, always do your research, educate yourself on fishing laws and regulations, and make sure your fishing license and boat registration is current. Check your local area for information on season dates, size requirements, possession limits, permit requirements, area closures, and other guidelines. These laws protect fish and other aquatic species to ensure that the joys of fishing can be shared by everyone well into the future. The New York State Department of Conservation publishes a very informative Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide every year. Click here to review the 2022 guide.

Check out this interactive map from TakeMeFishing.org to find great fishing and boating spots in your area, including fish species you can expect to find, logged catches and fishing forecasts.


2. Wash Your Gear and Watercraft.

Reduce the spread of invasive species by thoroughly washing your gear and watercraft before and after your trip. Invasives come in many forms – plants, fungi, and animals – and even those of microscopic size can cause major damage. To learn more about invasive species, read our blog:


3. Choose the Right Bait.

Use artificial lures or bait that is native to the area you’re fishing in. Live bait that is non-native can easily introduce invasive species to water sources and cause serious damage to the surrounding environment. Always do your part to keep  our precious waterbodies clean and fisheries healthy! Opt for biodegradable fishing lures, properly dispose of your lures, make sure your lure is secure, and check your bait often. Click here for more info on eco-friendly bait and fishing gear.

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4. Engage in Best Practices.

Before you head out for a day of fishing, familiarize yourself with catch and release best practices. Always keep the health of the fish at the forefront of your activities by using the right gear and employing proper techniques.

NOAA Fisheries says, "Catch and release is a great conservation strategy, but simply letting a fish go does not guarantee it will live. The actions you take before, during, and after you land a fish can improve its chances of survival, keep fish stocks healthy, and keep fishermen fishing." Visit their website for more info and helpful tips.

And, check out this "Best Practices for Catch and Release" video from Keep Fish Wet, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of science-based best practices to catch, handle, and release fish: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEFnrSfKXX0[/embed]

5. Stick to the Designated Path.

Stay on designated paths to avoid disrupting sensitive and protected areas, like wetlands, shorelines, stream banks, and meadows. Disturbing and damaging these sensitive areas can jeopardize the health of the many important species living there. We recently worked with the Watershed Institute to present a workshop about stream bank restoration in communities and backyards; click below to watch.

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6. Leave No Trace.

Always, pack out your trash! Bring a bag with you to easily carry out your trash and any litter you may find. Never leave behind fishing line, fish entrails, or bait. Before a fishing trip or any outdoor adventure, familiarize yourself with the seven principles of Leave No Trace and spread the good word to others!

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As biologists, ecologists, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts, all of us at Princeton Hydro fully enjoy getting outside and having fun in nature. We also take our responsibility to care for and respect our natural surroundings very seriously. We play hard and work hard to protect our natural resources for generations to come.

By following our six tips, you’re doing your part to protect the outdoor spaces and wild places we all love to recreate in! As the old adage goes, “respect nature and it will provide you with abundance!”

Princeton Hydro has designed, permitted, and overseen solutions to reconnect migratory fish to their spawning grounds, including the installation of technical and nature-like fishways and the removal of dozens of small and large dams throughout the Northeast. To learn more, check out our blog:

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It’s River’s Month in Pennsylvania! To celebrate, the nonprofit Schuylkill River Greenways, in partnership with Berks Nature, Bartram’s Garden, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Stroud Water Research Center, and Princeton Hydro launched a new interactive ArcGIS StoryMap web page that reveals local perceptions of the Schuylkill River and documents the ecological status of the main stem through a year-long water quality and trash monitoring project: bit.ly/schuylkillriver. The ultimate goal of this new publicly-available resource is to connect residents and communities with the Schuylkill River and to encourage engagement with this special resource.

“For decades we have heard misgivings from residents throughout the watershed about the water quality of the Schuylkill River, and unfortunately the terrible reputation that the river had from years of polluting continues to linger. But the truth is that today the river is actually quite healthy and clean,” said Tim Fenchel, Deputy Director of Schuylkill River Greenways. “In this project we set out to work with our partners and community members to finally set the record straight with solid data about the health of the river.”

“This project brought together the conservation community and community scientists to understand the water quality and social perceptions of the Schuylkill River,” said Michael Hartshorne, Director of Aquatics at Princeton Hydro. "The results showed that the river, while having challenges as many waterbodies do, is a vibrant corridor that offers many recreational and environmental opportunities for those that live in the region.”

To understand local perceptions of the Schuylkill River’s residents, we first conducted a community opinion survey. Over 300 community members from Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties participated. Overall, we found that a majority of people do care about the river (56%) and bike or walk along it (60%). However, many are not confident whether the river is clean or safe to use for recreational activity, clean enough to swim in, or safe to eat fish from. When asked about the cause of river contamination, an overwhelming majority (85%) cited "Trash and Litter" as the problem. This insight was used to drive the priorities for water quality monitoring and inspired the launch of a new Community Science trash monitoring program.

To determine the ecological status of the river, we collected water quality data for one year. Water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and conductivity were continuously measured at four locations. Bacteria sampling for Enterococci coli (E. coli) was also conducted at each station over the course of the study.

“Protecting safe recreational access to rivers and streams is one of the most important contributions we as environmental stewards can make to local communities. This project has made great strides in supporting this cause on the Schuylkill River,” said David Bressler, Project Facilitator at Stroud Water Research Center.

To complement the water quality sampling, the team recruited “Community Scientists” to monitor and measure trash along the river by conducting 5-minute visual assessments. It aimed to document critical areas of trash accumulation or dumping points in order to guide management efforts to better deal with this pollution. Over 100 responses were logged by volunteers. Overall, the results were positive; between 73% and 90% of sites on the main stem of the Schuylkill River were rated as optimal. The participants deemed the study reach to be clean and safe for both human and aquatic life, however, there are certainly locations along the Schuylkill River that could be cleaned up.

The data collected tells the tale of a vibrant river corridor with numerous opportunities for kayaking, fishing, bird watching, hiking, and biking. The dry weather data showed water quality conditions to be ideal during the time periods most people would utilize the river. E. coli concentrations were low, and transparency is high as shown by turbidity levels. Still, the river is constrained within an environment that spans the more agriculturally rich upstream reaches down to urbanized Philadelphia. Agricultural erosion, stormwater, and suburban pollutants are a challenge upstream, while stormwater runoff, litter, and sewer overflows are a primary concern during rainfall events in the more urbanized portions of the river. During rainfall, we measured elevated E. coli, turbidity, and trash which causes poor water quality conditions. However, this should not deter those who love and enjoy the river from using it, understanding that the safest conditions are likely following periods of dry weather.

“Our coordinated monitoring effort has been a special opportunity to capture snapshots of the river from top to bottom at specific points in time. The data we collected drives home that the Schuylkill is by many measures a healthy river bouncing back from intense industrial pollution. Different issues affect different locations along its 135 miles, but we are all connected upstream and downstream!,” said Chloe Wang, River Programs Coordinator at Bartram's Garden. “In addition to our learnings about water quality, having water samples analyzed at both a professional lab and using DIY methods at our own sites helped us to understand the accuracy of the low-cost tools we can use in community science and education programs.”

Additionally, the project partners were able to put the collected data to action by submitting it to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, one of the regulatory agencies responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act for the Schuylkill. “There is so much more to learn about the river, but I hope this work helps people make informed decisions about when to get out on the water, and draws attention to opportunities to continue improving river health,” expressed Wang.

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The water quality and trash assessment sampling protocol and interactive ArcGIS Story Map was designed by Princeton Hydro, with input from all the project partners. Detailed results and data from the perception and options survey, water quality monitoring, and trash assessment monitoring can be found on the StoryMap.

“Land and water are intrinsically connected – you can’t have healthy landscapes without healthy watersheds. Supporting this relationship is core to Berks Nature’s mission and conservation work, and through our 74-year tenure as Berks County’s land trust, we’ve seen the Schuylkill River flow cleaner and cleaner,” said Michael Griffith, Education & Watershed Specialist at Berks Nature. “We were thrilled to participate in this project not only as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of this regionally significant waterway, but also to shift public perceptions of the Schuylkill River as a community asset.”

“As we had hoped, we found that the river is indeed in great shape and we are now trying to spread the good news that all kinds of recreation on the river are safe and encouraged – including kayaking, boating, and fishing,” said Fenchel. “We have an incredible recreational and environmental asset in this river and we want everyone to know about it.”

This project was truly a team effort, with collaboration and engagement from all project partners. It was funded by the William Penn Foundation who has long been a supporter of this and similar projects throughout the Schuylkill and Delaware River Watersheds.

ABOUT SCHUYLKILL RIVER GREENWAYS: The mission of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is to connect residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development in order to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage.

ABOUT BARTRAM'S GARDEN: Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. It is a destination and an outdoor classroom, living laboratory, and membership organization for ever-expanding audiences―over 95,000 each year and counting.

ABOUT STROUD WATER RESEARCH CENTER: Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration. Since 1967, Stroud Water Research Center has been leading the effort to produce innovative solutions for preserving and restoring fresh water. The organization believes in an independent voice — and in adventure, inspiration, perseverance, and integrity.

ABOUT BERKS NATURE: As a nonprofit conservation organization, Berks Nature has been serving the Berks County community since 1974. Land preservation, water protection, trail management, community gardens, education programs, State of the Environment, Eco-Camp and valued partnerships are at the center of Berks Nature’s work every day.

ABOUT SCHUYLKILL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country, with 340 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams in northwest Philadelphia. They work through four core program areas: environmental education, environmental art, land stewardship, and wildlife rehabilitation.

ABOUT PRINCETON HYDRO: Princeton Hydro is committed to improving our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities for the better. The firm was formed in 1998 with the specific mission of providing integrated ecological and engineering consulting services. Offering expertise in natural resource management, water resources engineering, geotechnical design & investigation, and regulatory compliance, their staff provide a full suite of environmental services throughout the Northeast for the public and private sectors.

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Rutgers University held a symposium focused on Improving Urban Environments. The one-day event, presented by Rutgers University’s School of Engineering and its School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, brought together government, industry, community and academic thought leaders for a high-level exchange of ideas.

The symposium included keynote addresses given by Jane Cohen, Executive Director of the NJ Governor’s Office of Climate Change & the Green Economy, and Kandyce Perry, Director of the NJDEP Office of Environmental Justice, as well as a variety of presentations and panel discussions centered around ensuring healthier and more resilient communities through technological innovation and inclusive partnerships. Presentation topics included, “Furthering Environmental Justice in New Jersey;” “Brownfields in Urban Settings;” and “Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities.”

Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll, PE was recently appointed to the Rutgers University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board. As a result of his new role, he was invited to participate as a panelist in the the discussion titled, “The Role of Engineering Innovations and Government-Industry-Academe-Community Collaboration in Meeting Urban Environments Challenges.”
Photo by Denisa Moss-Heitlager.

The panel discussion also included:

  • Katrina Angarone, Associate Commissioner for Science and Policy, NJDEP
  • Christopher Obropta, Extension Specialist, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers
  • Nicole Miller, Co-Chair, Newark DIG
  • Carolina Ramos, Senior Energy Analyst, The Cadmus Group
  • Marc Tuozzolo, Acting Senior Director of Capital Planning, NJ Transit
  • Hao Wang, Associate Professor,Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers
 

Goeffrey has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University (Class of 1990) and a Master of Engineering Management degree from UW–Madison.  With his primary expertise being in water resources engineering and his background in geotechnical engineering, he works in many areas of water resources, including sediment management, stream and river restoration, stormwater management and green infrastructure, freshwater wetland/coastal marsh design, dam design, and dam removal.

If you're interested in reading more about urban environment restoration, we invite you to read our blog about the South River Ecosystem Restoration and Flood Resiliency Enhancement Project. In 2018, Princeton Hydro and Rutgers University, along with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County, Borough of Sayreville, Borough of South River, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Raritan Riverkeeper, and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, secured funding from NFWF’s National Coastal Resilience Fund for the project, which aims to:
  • Reduce socioeconomic damages to the Boroughs of South River and Sayreville caused by storm damage, flooding, and sea level rise;
  • Transform degraded wetlands to high-quality marsh that can reduce flooding and enhance fish & wildlife habitat; and
  • Engage stakeholders in activities about coastal resilience and ecological health to maximize public outreach in the Raritan River Watershed.
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The New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) held its Annual Conference in Lake George, NY on April 29th and 30th.

This year’s conference, which was titled, “Maximizing Your Lake Data,” featured a diverse exhibitor hall, networking events, a silent auction, a student poster session and a variety of presentations and workshops. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor of the conference, led four presentations and exhibited.

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Below, we provide more information and a free download of each presentation:

Presentation Title: The Value of Developing a Long Term Database for Lakes and their Management Presentation By:  Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services, Dr. Fred Lubnow Learn more and download the presentation.  

Presentation Title: Assessing Trends and Quantifying the Internal Phosphorous Load of Lake Hopatcong Utilizing a 30-Year Continuous Database

Presentation By: Princeton Hydro Environmental Scientist Pat Rose, Senior Aquatic Ecologist Paul Cooper and Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow Learn more and download the presentation.   Presentation Title: CSLAP and Customized Monitoring - How Additional Data is Helping Sleepy Hollow Lake Presentation By: Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM & Staff Scientist Jesse Smith along with Laurel Wolfe of The Association of Property Owners of Sleepy Hollow Lake Learn more and download the presentation.   Presentation Title: The Importance of Hands-On Field Education and Exposure with Regards to Monitoring Data Presentation By:  Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM and Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smiths College Learn more and download the presentation.    

NYSFOLA was founded in 1983 by a coalition of lake associations concerned about water quality, invasive species, and other issues facing New York's lakes. NYSFOLA, which has 200+ members across the state, is the only NY-statewide voice for lakes and lake associations. NYSFOLA is an Affiliate of the North American Lake Management Society, for which Chris Mikolajczyk is the current Board President.

For more information about NYSFOLA and the Annual Conference, click here. To read about some of Princeton Hydro's upcoming events, click here.

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According to the EPA, the average U.S. household uses 320 gallons of water per day, 30% of which accounts for outdoor water usage, including watering lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day.

You can help conserve water usage by incorporating water-wise practices into your daily life. Installing a rain barrel is a great place to start! Rain barrels are an inexpensive, simple way to reduce run-off and conserve water.

We’ve put together four simple steps to help you install a rain barrel in your yard!

 

Step 1: Choose your rain barrel.

Rain barrels come in countless shapes and sizes to suit your needs. You can purchase a ready-made rain barrel or choose a do-it-yourself option. Some communities offer rainwater barrels at reduced rates so check with your local town office before purchasing one. The city of Newark, NJ is offering its residents free rain barrels. Click here to learn more and fill out a participation form.

If you live in a location with limited space, consider a 55-gallon barrel. If you have a larger space with multiple garden/flower beds, 100+ gallons of rain storage may be better for you.

If you're undecided, our resident rain barrel expert, Environmental Scientist Pat Rose, recommends making your own barrel using a recycled 55-gallon drum. He notes, however, that it is important to never use a barrel that was previously used for chemical storage. "Food grade" barrels are the best option. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the inside of the barrel multiple times before use - many food grade products contain sugar which can attract unwanted insects. Please note, each barrel will need to contain at least 3 holes, including:

  • Downspout hole on the top (approx 4” in diameter),
  • Spigot hole (approx 1" in diameter) located on the front of the barrel about 3" from the bottom of the barrel, and
  • Overflow hole (approx 1" in diameter) located about 4" from the top of the barrel on the side.
For detailed instructions, check out this video from Snohomish Conservation District: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOCsdxoAUxA[/embed]

Step 2: Pick the best spot.

Rain barrels should be placed directly under gutter downspouts to best capture rainwater. Choose an easy-to-access downspout location that is also conveniently located to the areas in your yard that you like to water most. You may decide to install a few rain barrels. 

Because many gutter downspouts run straight to the ground, you may need to shorten yours by cutting/sawing it so that it flows directly into the rain barrel. A flexible plastic tube can also be attached to the downspout to help direct the flow of water into the barrel if needed.

Rain barrels should be placed high enough off the ground to allow plenty of room for filling a watering can and/or attaching a hose. (See more details in Step 4 below)

 

Step 3: Prepare the barrel set-up site.

A 55-gallon rain barrel can weigh 400+ pounds and be dangerous if it tips over. Therefore, properly preparing the area where your rain barrel will go is a critical step. You'll want to ensure that:
  • the ground is level,
  • all roots and mulch have been removed from the area, and 
  • the soil is compacted.
 

Step 4: Elevate the barrel

It is recommended that the barrel be elevated on a sturdy, flat base. By raising the barrel, you create more water pressure and more vertical space if you want to use a watering can or bucket to collect water.

The easiest way to create a simple base is by using cinder blocks. The cinder blocks can be spray painted to blend in with the foundation of your house or to match the barrel. There are also a variety of pre-fabricated stand options available for purchase online or in your local gardening store.

Here are a few examples:  

Other things to consider:

  • Make sure your rain barrel has a tight lid or screen to prevent anything from falling in and mosquitoes from breeding. Be sure to periodically clean debris off the lid/screen.

  • Whether you buy a rain barrel or make your own, be sure yours has an overflow hose to divert excess water away from your house in case the rain barrel fills to capacity before you have a chance to use the water.

  • If you're the creative type, click here for ideas on how to customize your barrel.
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Welcome to the latest edition of our Client Spotlight series, which provides an inside look at our collaboration, teamwork, and accomplishments with a specific client.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the Seatuck Environmental Association. Seatuck Environmental Association is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Islip, New York. They work on wildlife conservation and nature education across Long Island. The organization advocates for wildlife and advancing conservation projects, engages community scientists in wildlife research, and offers environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages.

For this Client Spotlight, we spoke with Seatuck’s Conservation Policy Advocate Emily Hall via zoom:

Q. What is your primary role within Seatuck?

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Q. What does Seatuck value?

Particularly in our conservation work, we really try to stay niche. We specifically focus on restoring and protecting Long Island’s wildlife and environment. We advocate for wildlife, advance restoration projects, conduct surveys, educate public officials, host workshops, lead coalitions and pursue a host of other approaches to promote wildlife conservation and habitat restoration.

Q. What makes the Seatuck Environmental Association unique?

Seatuck is really unique because we're one of the only environmental organizations that works island-wide and isn’t part of a national organization. This really gives us the opportunity to stay focused on Long Island’s wildlife and environment, and dive into a lot of different wildlife protection efforts as well as habitat restoration projects. We also offer nature-based education programs all the way from pre-k to professional teacher training.

Q. How long has Seatuck been working with Princeton Hydro?

We’ve been working with Princeton Hydro since 2018. Seatuck was awarded the NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources Grant for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency to design a fish passage at the dam intersecting Mill Pond and Bellmore Creek. We contracted Princeton Hydro to design the fish passage options. Read more about the project here:

Q. What are some key takeaways/highlights from the Bellmore Creek Fish Passage project?

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Q. In what ways did you get the community involved in the Bellmore Creek Fish Passage Project?

As an organization, it’s very important for us to collaborate with the community on projects and initiatives, and to understand the perspectives of all the different stakeholders involved. For the Bellmore Creek Fish Passage Project, we brought together environmental organizations, community members and the dam owners. We began by holding in-person meetings and site visits in order to provide education around the site’s history and the project goals, and give everyone a chance to hear each other’s feedback in real-time. Then COVID forced us to go virtual so we hosted a community webinar and developed an online survey. We collected a lot of valuable feedback that we were able to bring back to the dam owners to help them make the best decision possible.

Q. Do you have a favorite or most memorable moment from the project?

Meeting with all the different stakeholders and talking to them about the project is probably one of my most rewarding parts of the project. Educating people on why these diadromous fish are important and helping them understand the different benefits of a fish passage is very important to me and incredibly rewarding.

Q. The Bellmore Creek project is part of a larger initiative called “Seatuck’s Long Island River Revival.” Can you talk more about that?

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Q. What connectivity and restoration project is coming up next for Seatuck?

[embed]https://youtu.be/wyRIHwMD5gE[/embed] To learn more, click below to explore the River Revival Story Map:

Q. How can an individual get involved with Seatuck?

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Q. How can Princeton Hydro support you/your organization in the future?

Princeton Hydro has been a fantastic partner through the Bellmore Creek Project. We look forward to working with Princeton Hydro in the future and supporting our efforts to look at different fish passage projects, potentially dam removals, and related alternative assessments. For Bellmore Creek, Princeton Hydro provided valuable insights as to the different types of fish passage options and helped to identify the best option for our community. We’ll hopefully continue this partnership and work together to restore the ecological health of more coastal rivers and streams.

Q. What excites you about going to work everyday?

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Thanks to Seatuck Environmental Association and Emily Hall for being a great project partner and participating in this Client Spotlight. To learn more about Seatuck, visit their website.

Click here to read a previous edition of our Client Spotlight blog series, which features Medford Lakes Colony in New Jersey:

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The Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring a variety of events throughout the country, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Colorado. In this Spotlight edition, we provide a snapshot of upcoming events and information on how you can get involved:

 

April 22: Coastal Restoration & Storm Risk Management: Funding Through Implementation

Join SAME New Jersey Post on Earth Day to learn about planning, funding, and implementation efforts for coastal restoration and storm risk management in New Jersey. This full-day program will bring focus to the impacts of storm surges along the NJ Coast and the various coastal restoration projects that have proven to help mitigate coastal impacts and flooding. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs working in NJ coastal settings will discuss their programs and experiences adapting to increased storm intensity and frequency. Participants will gain a better understanding of current program initiatives and active stakeholders to help build a resilient future. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event.

Get more info.

April 29 - 30: The New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

This year’s conference, which is titled, “Maximizing Your Lake Data,” takes place in Lake George, NY. Participants will enjoy a variety of educational sessions, panel discussions. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor of the event, is leading four workshops:

  • "The Importance of Hands-On Field Education and Exposure with Regards to Monitoring Data" Lead by Chris Mikolajczyk and Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smiths College

  • "Assessing Trends and Quantifying the Internal Phosphorous Load of Lake Hopatcong Utilizing a 30-Year Continuous Database" Lead by Environmental Scientist Pat Rose

  • "CSLAP and Customized Monitoring: How Additional Data is Helping Sleepy Hollow Lake" Lead by Chris Mikolajczyk

  • "The Value of Developing a Long Term Database for Lakes and their Management" Lead by Director of Aquatic Resources Dr. Fred Lubnow

The conference also includes an NY lake trivia contest with three panelists: NALMS President and Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk; Northeast Aquatic Research's AJ Reyes; and NYSFOLA Board member; and Sleepy Hollow Lake Association Manager Laurel Wolfe.

View the full program & Register here.

May 10: New Jersey Highlands Coalitions’ Annual Golf Outing

We are proud to sponsor and participate in the New Jersey Highlands Coalitions’ Seventh Annual Golf Outing at Hawk Pointe Golf Club. The day includes golf (of course) along with breakfast, a midmorning snack, a grand luncheon, and lots of fun activities like a photography workshop and an auction. Bring your game, golf clubs (if you have them), and get ready to have some fun! Click here to read about some of the ways Princeton Hydro and the Highlands Coalition work together.

Get more info & Register here.

May 20: Seatuck Environmental Association - Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. Seatuck Environmental Association is hosting the 4th Annual Wild & Scenic On Tour event, which offers a hybrid experience with a choice of an in-person event at the Scully Estate, Islip, NY or a video-on-demand option that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! Participants will enjoy award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure and conservation, including many that relate to Seatuck’s work on Long Island. We are a proud sponsor of this event! To learn more about Seatuck, check out our Client Spotlight blog.

View the full program & Register here.

May 21: Lake Hopatcong Block Party

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation invites you to kick off the summer season with them at the Lake Hopatcong Block Party! Join together in Hopatcong State Park with businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, crafters, and food vendors for a fun-filled day of activities, raffles, giveaways, a children’s scavenger hunt, and more. Princeton Hydro has been working with Lake Hopatcong Foundation since 2012 proudly helping to protect New Jersey's largest lake, and we wish them much success with their annual Block Party! The event is free and open to the public. Come find the Princeton Hydro booth and say hello!

Learn more & Get involved.

May 21: World Fish Migration Day

World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to raise awareness for the importance of free-flowing rivers and migratory fish. Groups from all over the world will participate in events ranging from river clean-ups to conferences and webinars to marches and rallies to book release parties. A few years ago, in celebration of World Fish Migration Day, members of the Princeton Hydro team created a fun video highlighting the trials and tribulations of fish passage. Watch it here.

Learn more & Get involved.

May 24 - 25: "Drinking Water Quality Aesthetics" Workshop

The Water Research Foundation and NYCDEP are hosting a two-day expert panel workshop about "Drinking Water Quality Aesthetics" for NYC's water supply. Held in Westchester County, New York, the expert panel workshop will include presentations, "walking workshop" site-visits, and expert panel discussions. Panelists include:

  • J. Hunter Adams: Laboratory Supervisor, Deputy Quality Control Manager, and Technical Manager of Microbiology and Inorganic Chemistry for the Cypress Environmental Laboratory in City of Wichita Falls, TX;
  • Justin Brookes, Ph.D: Professor at the University of Adelaide;
  • Gary Burlingame: Senior Scientist ESPRI;
  • Andrea Dietrich, Ph.D.: Professor for the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech;
  • Fred S. Lubnow, Ph.D.: Director of Aquatic Programs at Princeton Hydro; and
  • Rupert Perkins, Ph.D.: Reader in Marine and Freshwater Biosciences Cardiff University.
Stay tuned for more info.

June 3: Let’s Talk Lakes Conference & CSLAP training

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County invites you to join them for a lively and informative program for lake enthusiasts in the lower Hudson Valley. The one-day conference, being held at the Sedgewood Club in Kent, New York, includes a variety of presentations on topics like decreasing nutrient pollution; tracking harmful algal blooms; stormwater management; aquatic weed identification skills; and more. From 2-4pm, attendees can opt-in for a CSLAP Volunteers training session. Pre-registration is required and closes on May 25.

View the full program & Register here.

June 10: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species Virtual Workshop

Interested in learning about harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their intersection with invasive species issues? Sign-up for the virtual workshop, titled "State of the Science: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species" hosted by Cornell University and New York Invasive Species Research Institute. Leading the workshop, which is being held during Invasive Species Week, is Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow; Dr. Stephen Souza, founding principal of Princeton Hydro and owner of Clean Waters Consulting; Drs. Jennifer Graham and Mary Anne Evans of USGS; Rebecca Gorney of NYS DEC. The virtual event line-up includes a Q&A discussion and a variety of presentations:

  • Ecosystem Wildcards: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species
  • Case studies of invader effects: Dreissenid mussels and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes
  • HAB Management Consequences… Swapping Out One Problem for Another
  • Invasive Plant Management and HABs
Get more info & Register.

June 26: Water Quality & Watershed Management Workshop

Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk is leading a water quality and watershed management workshop in the City of Colorado Springs at the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center.

Get more info & stay tuned for more Colorado events.

June 23: American Waterworks Association – PA Section (PA-AWWA) Harmful Algae Blooms Training Workshop

PA-AWWA is hosting a "Harmful Algae Blooms: Ecology & Management of Cyanotoxin Producing Blue-Green Algae in the Raw Water of Potable Water Supplies" training workshop at the Lehigh County Authority in Wescosville, PA. Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow is leading the training session, which runs from 8am - Noon and requires advanced registration to attend. Participants are eligible to receive 3 PA DEP credits for water authorities and plant operators.

Get more info & Register here.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

March 31: Facebook Live Q&A with Princeton Hydro Scientists

Spring is right around the corner. Your lakes and ponds are waking up. What can you expect to see? Now is your chance to get answers! On March 31 at 6pm EST, join experts Dr. Fred Lubnow and Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM during our “Ask Me Anything” conversation via Facebook Live.  You can submit your questions for the live Q&A session by joining the live feed and typing in the comments.

Get more info.

 
 

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) launched a Youth Inclusion Initiative to help the State of New Jersey develop the next generation of environmental protection, conservation and stewardship leaders while also providing an avenue for young adults from open space-constrained communities to engage with nature as they provide valuable stewardship services to the public through jobs at NJDEP. 

This year, the youth inclusion program is partnering with Groundwork Elizabeth, Rutgers University Camden, and Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation to create a workforce development curriculum for people ages 17 to 24. Groundwork Elizabeth sent 12 participants to this year’s program, and Rutgers Camden and the Ironbound Community Corporation each sent 10.

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The curriculum provides career education in the environmental protection field and helps the young participants develop the skills necessary to pursue those career paths in New Jersey. Participants learn through classroom instruction and by working across sectors regulated by the NJDEP, including water resources, air quality, energy and sustainability, public lands management, and wildlife. 

Susan Lockwood of NJDEP’s Division of Land Resource Protection’s Mitigation Unit reached out to Princeton Hydro to showcase ecosystem restoration and mitigation efforts across the state as well as discuss the variety of career roles that make these projects possible. Our portion of the curriculum entailed each group of students visiting two sites to learn about the benefits of restoring a landscape with native vegetation. Our discussion explored different fields of work related to urban environmental restoration and water resource protection and the job responsibilities of environmental scientists, water resource engineers, geologists, ecologists, pesticide applicators, and regulatory compliance specialists. 

The Abbott Marshlands in Trenton, New Jersey

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After a quick stop at NJDEP’s office in Trenton to learn about NJ invasive species, all three groups popped over to the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Mercer County’s John A. Roebling Park to see the restoration site in the Abbott Marshlands. The 3,000-acre Abbott Marshlands is the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and contains valuable habitat for many rare species like River Otter, American Eel, Bald Eagle, and various species of wading birds. Unfortunately, the area has experienced a significant amount of loss and degradation, partially due to the introduction of the invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis). For Mercer County Park Commission, Princeton Hydro implemented a restoration plan to remove Common Reed and expose the native seed bank in 40-acres of the marsh to increase biodiversity, improve recreational opportunities, and enhance visitor experience. Students learned how to tell the difference between the invasive Common Reed vs. native Wild Rice (Zizania palustris L.). They utilized tools of the trade like field guides and binoculars to identify flora and fauna in the marsh. Learn more about this project.


Mullica River Wetland Mitigation Site in Evesham, New Jersey

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After visiting the Roebling site, students from Camden traveled down to Evesham Township in Burlington County to visit the Mullica River Wetland Mitigation Site. For this project, Princeton Hydro worked with GreenVest, LLC to restore a highly degraded 34-acre parcel of land which was previously used for cranberry cultivation. Through the implementation of restoration activities focused on removing the site’s agricultural infrastructure, Princeton Hydro and GreenVest were able to restore a natural wetland system on the site and over 1,600 linear feet of stream, providing forested, scrub-shrub, and emergent wetlands, forested uplands, headwater stream and riparian buffer, and critical wildlife habitat. The project also significantly uplifted threatened and endangered species habitats including Timber Rattlesnake.

Susan Lockwood of NJDEP, Owen McEnroe of GreenVest, and Dana Patterson of Princeton Hydro, lead the group of 10 students. They learned the difference between restoration and mitigation and got to experience the remoteness of Pinelands habitat. Walking through the site, we shared how the dam and dike removal helped to restore the river back to its natural free-flowing state and the numerous resulting environmental benefits.The site was chosen for the Camden students in order to demonstrate that successful mitigation and restoration projects happen throughout the State and not far from urban centers like Camden. Learn more about this project.


3. Third River Floodplain Wetland Enhancement Project in Bloomfield, New Jersey

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After visiting the Roebling site, students from Newark and Elizabeth trekked up to Essex County to visit an urban wetland creation project now known as Lion Gate Park. The once densely developed, abandoned Scientific Glass Factory in Bloomfield Township was transformed into a thriving public park with 4.2 acres of wetlands. Students heard the story of how this project came to be; decades of advocacy and litigation by community members and environmental nonprofits to stop redevelopment of the site into 148 townhomes. Bloomfield Township eventually secured the property to preserve as open space through a range of grants from NJDEP. Serving as the ecological engineer to Bloomfield Township, Princeton Hydro designed, permitted, and oversaw construction for the restoration project and is currently monitoring the site. The restoration work brought back to the land valuable ecological functions and natural floodplain connection, enhanced aquatic and wildlife habitat, and increased flood storage capacity for urban stormwater runoff. Learn more about this project.


 

The NJDEP Youth Inclusion Initiative began on July 5 with a week of orientation classes, and continued through August with classroom and in-field learning. The initiative culminates on August 26 with a graduation and NJDEP Career Day, during which students will have the opportunity to meet with and discuss career options with various organizations tabling at the event, including Princeton Hydro.

Click here to learn more about the NJDEP education program. If you’re interested in learning more about Princeton Hydro’s ecological restoration services, click here.

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