Part of $3.85 Million Habitat Restoration Project
The monitoring is part of a larger project involving the construction of a 5.5' x 8' x 600' foot long culvert between Wreck Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. Wreck Pond is an 84-acre tidally influenced pond located between Spring Lake and Sea Girt, New Jersey. It's located at the easterly limit of the Wreck Pond Brook Watershed and drains approximately 12.8 square miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, the water quality of the pond is impaired limiting recreational opportunities and impacting fish and wildlife.
Benefits of the project include increased opportunity for migration and passage of river herring and American eel between Wreck Pond and the Atlantic Ocean; increased tidal flow which will improve water quality and the spatial distribution of salinity within the pond allowing for more productive brackish plant and animal growth; and increased outflow capacity of the structure leading to reduced flooding.
Presence of river herring in Wreck Pond has been historically documented by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Alewives were observed during the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2014 surveys, whereas blueback herring were only observed in 2006 and 2007.
Additional monitoring of water quality, water level, and birds will be conducted by project partners including NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Conserve Wildlife Foundation.
The project is complemented with funding from additional project partners including the Borough of Spring Lake, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the County of Monmouth.
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