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Capoolong Creek WMA Streambank Restoration Project

 

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a streambank restoration project at Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area, located in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County. The goal of this project is to restore and enhance fish habitat as well as restore a portion of the bank of Capoolong Creek. The badly eroded bank is caused by high water events coming off an existing shear and attacking the river right bank, threatening a state access walking trail that is popular with the public.

A contracted stream restoration company will conduct in-stream restoration work and habitat improvement activities along the stream bank for a 2-3 day period in July, 2017, at which time the walking trail and project site will be closed to the public. Boulders of various sizes will be used, along with river cobbles and gravel to fill in the spaces between boulders, to ensure the bank will resist further erosion and protect the trail above.

A new pool capable of holding both the wild brown trout and stocked hatchery rainbow trout living or stocked in the creek will also be created. The pool creation is key to moving the thalweg (deepest part of a river's channel holding the most energy) away from the eroding bank and to dissipate the river's energy in high water events so that future bank erosion is not experienced in this section of Capoolong Creek.

For more information, please contact Sue Predl at susan.predl@dep.nj.gov.

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Last Updated: May 5, 2017