The Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Land Ethics Award for Best Overall Project was presented to the American Littoral Society on March 12. The award was presented for the design and implementation of green infrastructure in the Metedeconk River Watershed.
Located in New Hope, PA, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve inspires the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation stewards. The Land Ethics awards honors and recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion of native plants and have exhibited a strong land ethic while promoting sustainable designs that protect the environment.
The Metedeconk River Watershed project was focused on reducing polluted stormwater runoff flowing directly into the waterways around Ocean County Park in Lakewood, NJ. The Metedeconk River runs through the park and ultimately empties into Barnegat Bay.
Key features of the project included two floating wetland islands, two Contech filterra tree boxes, a vegetated bioswale, and two sections of living shoreline that replaced 150 linear feet of decaying bulkhead. Each of these were placed in a specific area between a parking lot and a water source, either a pond, lake, or stream. All them used native plants to act as a filtration system to remove pollutants from the stormwater flowing from that area.
The work began in 2016 and was completed in 2019. The project also included signage placed at each feature to further inform park goers and the community about the great work done to help Ocean County Park, the Metedeconk Watershed, and Barnegat Bay.
The funded by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection through a 319(h) stormwater improvement grant. Key partners included Princeton Hydro and Georgian Court University. Additional support was received from Enviroscapes LLC.
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