Projects & Programs - Watershed Planning & Implementation

Bee Meadow Pond Shoreline Restoration Project

This project will revegetate and stabilize approximately 1100 linear feet of degraded shoreline around Bee Meadow Pond to mitigate harmful populations of waterfowl that are eating and depositing droppings laden with fecal coliform on turf areas adjacent to the lake. The project addresses the Whippany River’s TMDL for fecal coliform, which mandates a 58% reduction in this pollutant. The project will also reduce sediment loading in the lake by regrading and stabilizing eroding slopes along approximately 500 feet of the shore. The project will improve water quality in the lake and provide public access in a highly visible and heavily used community park in Hanover Township. All work will be done using native plantings and bioengineering techniques and materials. This project is located in the Troy Brook watershed and supports the efforts of the proposed Troy Brook Regional Stormwater Management Plan (RSWMP). The Bee Meadow project provides a complementary implementation component to the RSWMP project and a lake monitoring project that was funded by a grant from Victoria Foundation to the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee in 2002. This project will include Bee Meadow Pond as a site for assessment, monitoring, and research by the Action Committee’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Project Funding Source:  NJDEP 319(h)

For a more detailed scope of work, click here.

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Extension Specialist
Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Project Partners:
Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension
Whippany River Watershed Action Committee
Township of Hanover (member of the Action Committee)

Water Resources Program  at Rutgers NJAES