SPRING LAKE, NJ - January is traditionally a month of new beginnings. Join us in Spring Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. to recognize the next phase of the project to restore Wreck Pond.

Work has been underway for weeks at Wreck Pond, but the $6.73 million project is more than a facelift. After completion of dredging we began installation of a 600-foot fish passage that should help alleviate flooding in the surrounding area while bringing life back to the watershed.

On Jan. 19 we will recognize those who have played an integral role in supporting the project, provide updates on progress, and give attendees insight on the future of Wreck Pond. The event will take place near the parking lot on the corner of Brown Ave. and Ocean Ave. in Spring Lake.


Further details on the event will be forthcoming in the near future. For updates on the project go to WreckPond.org.

Wreck Pond is a 73-acre coastal lake located on the borders of Spring Lake and Sea Girt, NJ. It serves as the eastern extent of the Wreck Pond Brook Watershed, which is home to over 12 square miles of important habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife. It is fed by three main tributaries -- Wreck Pond Brook, Black Creek, and Hannabrand Brook -- that together with smaller creeks and streams, drain the boroughs of Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall Township in Monmouth County, NJ.

Historically, Wreck Pond had a natural inlet; however, in the 1930's the inlet was filled in, and a pipe was installed to connect the lake to the ocean. Over time, inadequate tidal circulation to and from the pond, coupled with impacts from increased development, led to a number of environmental issues within the watershed including erosion, impaired water quality, flooding, and reduced fish populations.

A diverse group of partners has been working together to address these issues and help restore the ecological health of Wreck Pond and the larger watershed. This current project involves the construction of a fish passage (which will also increase water exchange with the ocean), construction of an elevated berm and living shorelines, and localized dredging. This work will serve to improve water quality, reduce area flooding, and aid fish passage into and out of Wreck Pond. Together, the many components of this project will make a big difference in improving the area for people and wildlife for years to come.

Project funders include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Borough of Spring Lake. Project partners include the County of Monmouth, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Najarian Associates, Inc., the Borough of Sea Girt, the Wreck Pond Brook Watershed Technical Advisory Committee and Regional Stormwater Management Plan Committee, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, and Monmouth University.

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