An after photo at the former Finesville dam site. Credit: Eric Schrading/USFWS

The people—and the fish—say thanks!

Who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? Today, we’re sharing our excitement to be part of a partnership that’s received a prestigious environmental award for work on the Musconetcong River in northwest New Jersey. The award comes from Coastal America, which recognizes outstanding collaborative projects and excellence in leadership for protecting, preserving and restoring the nation’s coastal resources. Four partnerships were picked this year from across the U.S. Read today’s news release.

The Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership has restored 3.4 miles connecting the Musconetcong to the Delaware River. In 2011, the partnership completed removal of Finesville and Riegelsville dams, the first two obstructions upstream of where the river meets the Delaware River. Many of the members of the partnership also worked together to remove the Gruendyke and Seber dams further upstream.

The dam removals along the 42-mile Musconetcong, also called the Musky, have restored natural stream flows, opened the way for migratory fish including American eels, alewife and blueback herring, and improved habitat for trout, bass and other local fish populations. Additionally, the projects alleviated some flooding by restoring the natural flood protection features of the riverside wetlands.

1 thought on “The people—and the fish—say thanks!

  1. Dave Brownlie

    Wonderful to see conservation still moving forward in a place I remember fondly. I spent my youth prowling along the banks of the Musky in the reach between the Route 31 bridge in Hampton, NJ to Hacketstown from our family home in New Hampton. I was angling or hunting along that stretch nearly every day the seasons were open. Those days along the banks of the Musky helped me discover my own personal “sense of wonder”, providing a foundation for my subsequent academic preparation and eventual life and career in conservation.
    Dave Brownlie, Refuge Manager-Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.


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