Riparian Restoration Project along the Wallkill River at Station Park in Sparta, New Jersey

North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council (NJRC&D), in partnership with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG), and Sparta Township worked to successfully implement a massive riparian restoration project along the banks of the Wallkill River within Sparta Township’s Station Park.  The project was designated to restore degraded wetlands habitat within the park through streambank stabilization and pollutant filtration in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitat over time.

Close to 800 trees and shrubs have been planted at the 10-acre site with volunteers from Sparta Township High School, Selective Insurance of Branchville, Lake Mohawk, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Work Assistance Program, Sussex County Master Gardeners’ Club, and the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program. A primary reason for the long-term success of this restoration project has been the committed efforts of the WRWMG, NJRC&D, Sparta Township Department of Engineering and Planning, Sparta Township Department of Parks and Recreation, and Sparta Township Department of Public Works.

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