Conservation Trust Breaks Ground on Major Wetlands Enhancement Project
The Meadowlands Conservation Trust and EarthMark Mitigation Services broke ground May 24 on a major initiative to restore and enhance 235 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands
in Carlstadt and South Hackensack.
The goal is to restore the wetlands, which now offer limited habitat, as a breeding ground for fish, birds and other wildlife. By reintroducing native plants and opening the wetlands to tidal flow from the Hackensack River, the project also allows for the Kane Tract to once again act as a sponge, soaking up floodwaters and filtering sediments and pollution. The project also boosts the local economy by providing employment to dozens of people.
Richard Mogensen, EarthMark's director of product development, underscored the project's multiple benefits. "EarthMark's work will help improve the environment while spurring economic growth by allowing valuable transportation infrastructure projects to move forward," Mogensen said. "EarthMark is honored to be a part of this important project which shows how public-private partnerships can benefit the public good."
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