River Restoration Projects
Maintaining the quality of our watershed not only means preserving what is right. It also means fixing what is not. With this in mind we have taken on an active restoration program for our rivers and tributary streams.
Our concerns with high water temperatures and our temperature monitoring showed the critical role shade trees play in keeping water temperatures at healthy levels. Re-planting of banks with trees and shrubs can reduce erosion, lower water temperatures, improve water quality and can even help to reduce flooding downstream. To-date our projects have addressed such sites in Bloomingdale, Kinnelon, West Milford and Riverdale. We have also removed invasive, non-native plants where necessary and then restored native vegetation to our river and stream-side lands.
In other areas, different measures were useful. Through Vernon and Hardyston old, abandoned beaver dams cause higher water temperatures, endangering our native brook trout. PRC has removed these dams and documented the positive changes. On the West Brook in West Milford, a PRC-built siphon device was tested to show how such a unit can lower stream temperatures for the benefit of trout and other wildlife.
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