Riparian Restoration at the Gruendyke Site
MWA Trustee Cinny MacGonagle, Grace Messinger of RC&D and MWA member and River Watcher volunteer Bob Guenther dig holes for the Gruendyke planting. The center photo above shows a stand of phragmites and other invasives - eradication began in the fall of 2008 and continued during the spring and fall of 2009.
With an occasional pause for a fish story, Trout Unlimited members, including MWA Trustee and Lifetime Member Ed Sekula, put in a good day's work at the Gruendyke restoration site.
With the water level behind the dam lowered, a team from Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) surveyed the mud flats and sandy stream banks in preparation for a fall riparian tree/shrub planting project. The North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services are funding the riparian restoration effort. About 800 trees and shrubs were planted on two acres in September and October of 2008. Some invasive exotic plants such as purple loosestrife and phragmites were removed prior to the planting. Native trees and shrubs such as American sycamore, river birch, silver maple, shrub dogwoods and more will be planted by volunteers from several schools and local organizations. Watch closely in coming years as you travel through Hackettstown to see the continued restoration of the Musconetcong River.
Find out more about riparian buffers. Follow this link to an excellent document that was created by the Connecticut River Joint Commissions for the Connecticut River Watershed. All of the basic concepts are well explained and pertain to the buffers in the Musconetcong Watershed.