The Pond Creek Marsh Restoration Project is a 428-acre site fully encompassed by the Higbee Beach WMA in Lower Township and the Borough of West Cape May, Cape May County. The project site consists of the former Harbison-Walker magnesite facility and associated landfill, Davey's Lake, and the majority of Pond Creek marsh.
The principal project goal is to reestablish tidal inundation to a large portion of Pond Creek Marsh without increasing the flood risk to the upper watershed or inundating the eastern freshwater marsh area, and allowing for habitat management of the northern marsh area. Achieving these goals will require modification of the inlet channel to allow sufficient tidal flushing, developing a network of secondary and tertiary channels to assist tidal flow into the interior of the marsh, excavating deep flood pools for fish habitat, and creating upland islands for shorebirds. An earthern berm will be constructed around much of the perimeter of the marsh, which will provide access to wildlife observation blinds and contribute to a trail system encircling the marsh.
The project is funded with Natural Resource Damage funds and led by DEP's Office of Natural Resource Restoration. Beginning in March, 2018, clean fill from a dredging operation in Cape May will be stockpiled on site for future use in the berm construction. Excavation is planned to begin in November, 2018.
For more information, please contact Melissa Woerner at Melissa.Woerner@dep.nj.gov
Habitat Restoration Projects