Riparian Restoration & Fish Passage
The Delaware is the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi and supports a wide diversity of migratory and resident fish populations that are important commercially, recreationally and ecologically. Coldwater fisheries are supported in numerous creeks entering the river. In addition, some migratory birds depend upon forested riparian habitat. But thousands of fish blockages and constrictions exist on the tributaries. And many streams no longer have forest cover, and their value for cold water fish is thus degraded due to lack of shade and increases in sediments and pollutants entering the water. Restoring riparian forests improves conditions for fish and migratory birds, and improves water quality. Some examples of our work are:
Roughly 26 miles of this 42 mile long river are under the national Wild & Scenic designation, and the watershed encompasses some 158 square miles in the Delaware drainage. The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife recently identified at least one tributary of the Musconetcong as having heritage strain brook trout,genetically unique fish remaining from the receding Wisconsin Glacier over 10,000 years ago. The Musconetcong Watershed Association has been awarded the 2008 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) for this project in the "Healthy Ecosystems" category. Read more....
Rittenhouse Town Riparian BufferDBEP collaborated with Center in the Park's Senior Environment Corps, the Fairmount Park Commission and numerous other partners including other municipal agencies, State and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to design and implement a riparian buffer improvement project along 700 feet of Monoshone Creek. Read more...