Walnut Brook Restoration

Watch the Restoring Walnut Brook video created by HCRHS here!

The North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council (RD&D) recently received funding from the New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Mitigation Council to undertake riparian restoration and create new wetlands along and near Walnut Brook in Raritan Township. Walnut Brook runs through Mine Brook Park and the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance’s Dvoor Farm on the Route 12 circle. The project will take place from June through November of 2009; its continued effort began in 2005 by the RC&D in Mine Brook Park.

The project is a cooperative effort between North Jersey RC&D and the following partner organizations:
– Natural Resources Conservation Service
– Hunterdon County Soil Conservation District
– Princeton Hydro, LLC
– Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance
– Raritan Township
– South Branch Watershed Association
– Trout Unlimited
– NJ Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Management Division
– NJ Institute of Technology
– Hunterdon County Roads, Bridges and Engineering Department (through the Hunterdon County Freeholders)
– Beazer Homes, Inc.
– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: River Engineering Branch

The Walnut Brook Riparian Restoration project will include elements of wetland restoration, creation, and enhancement that will serve as a public demonstration project for the transferable technology of riparian restoration. Major items of work will include: earthmoving, installing stream stabilization measures, restoring floodplain wetland areas, and planting riparian areas with native species.

This riparian buffer will be established on farm fields on each side of Walnut Brook and it’s tributary to protect the stream from any agricultural runoff or other nonpoint source pollutants; this includes lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and road runoff. Buffer areas will be planted with native floodplain trees, shrubs, grasses and forbs. A small portion of the riparian buffer restoration will take place at the upstream end of the HLTA property in Mine Brook Park owned by Raritan Township (lot 2.01).

To get more information about this project please contact Grace Messinger or call us at 908-441-9191.