Musconetcong River Restoration

TGF assisted the Ernie Schwiebert Chapter of New Jersey Trout Unlimited and the New Jersey Audubon Society in their effort to
restore a section of the Musconetcong River near the intersection of Route 57 and Point Mountain Road. As part of its Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative, Trout Unlimited set out to improve the productivity of a stretch of the Musconetcong River near Point Mountain, in Mansfield Township, New Jersey. This stream has long been a favorite of TGF members in the Garden State. The restoration site is a one-mile stretch of public-access waters downstream of the Point Mountain Road bridge.
In June 2015, heavy equipment was used to reshape the streambed and install boulders to create deep pools for thermal refuge and riffles for improved oxygenation and invertebrate habitat. Replanting the site and removal of invasive, nonnative plant species from the riparian zone was directed by NJ Audubon. An electrofishing study of the restored section by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists and staff found both native brook trout and wild brown trout. The state plans to leave the section of the river unstocked and to monitor the development of the wild fishery in the restored habitat.