Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
April 14, 2009
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
Fish to be restocked in restored Grovers Mill Pond
Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is please to announce that, in conjunction with Earth Week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP), Division of Fish and Wildlife will restock the Grovers Mill Pond with various species of fish as the culmination of the aquatic restoration of the pond. The restocking event will take place on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM at the Van Nest Park dock at 218 Cranbury Road.
Representative Rush Holt, who was instrumental in securing the necessary funding for the project and the participation of the US Army Corps of Engineers, will join Mayor Hsueh for the event. Other guests include Acting Commissioner of the NJ DEP Mark Mauriello, US Army Corps of Engineers Major Anthony Streletz, County Executive Brian Hughes, Senator Bill Baroni, Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, and members of Township Council.
The goal of the Grovers Mill Pond Restoration Project was to restore the 37-acre freshwater pond through a combination of sediment removal from the existing pond bottom, physical habitat improvements, and now the State restocking effort
The removal of sediment has created more favorable water depths for local fishery populations and should reduce subsequent excessive aquatic plant growth, provide additional habitat area due to decreased plant biomass within the pond, increase the availability of oxygen in the lower oxygen starved portions of the water column, and create contours to provide habitat diversity and refuge areas for fish. Water quality parameters will be measured for the next five years.
Approximately 65,000 cubic yards of nutrient laden silt-like sediment and organic matter was removed from the pond bottom by a small portable hydraulic dredge in 2008. The dredge slurry was piped to an 11-acre containment area located on township-owned property near the upstream end of the pond in the West Windsor Township Community Park.
Fish habitat structures and turtle basking structures were placed into the pond to further enhance the wildlife habitat.
A contract was awarded on September 24, 2007 to Select Transportation, Inc.
The contractor completed construction of containment area on August 7, 2008. Dredging of the pond began on August 8, 2008 and was completed November 2, 2008. The contractor demobilized and the pre-final inspection was completed on November 26, 2008.
A second contract to pump remaining water from the containment area, work the dredged material until it is reasonably dry, mix the onsite material with the dried dredged material, and regrade the area will be awarded in the next few months. Work will begin this summer and last through the fall. This area will be used by the Township as soccer fields.
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