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Evaluation of the changes in hydrology and ground- and surface-water quality in an urban wetlands as part of a wetlands restoration effort

Project Title: Evaluation of the changes in hydrology and ground- and surface-water quality in an urban wetlands as part of a wetlands restoration effort
Project Number: 2454BTY
Project Chief:
Project Start Date: 15-DEC-2004
Project End Date: 30-OCT-2007

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to evaluate the effects of the modification of the flow regime in an urban wetlands area on the hydrogeology, water quality, soil characteristics, and plant communities over a thee-year period including before, during, and after the breaking of a berm to restore some of the natural flow of water in the wetlands area. The USGS will provide training and assistance on:

  1. the design of monitoring networks;
  2. design of drilling and installation of wells
  3. training on measurements of surface-water flow,
  4. training on surface- and groundwater sampling and monitoring
  5. analytical services for nutrient water-quality samples, and
  6. assessment of the hydrology and water-quality of the study area.

Statement of Problem

Wetlands restoration projects have often been unsuccessful because the effects of changes in the hydrology and water quality on plant communities are poorly understood. The effect of a proposed wetlands restoration activity on the hydrology and water quality of an urban wetland ecosystem in northern New Jersey will be evaluated by a team of scientists including monitoring before, during, and after the removal of a berm that has altered the natural flow within an urban wetlands area.

Strategy and Approach

The USGS will be involved in the training of Rutgers University personnel (faculty and students) in monitoring and assessing the hydrology and surface and groundwater quality in the study area to compliment activities of others assembled by Rutgers University. The overall approach of this study (table 1) will be focused on providing expertise required to support the activities of the cooperator's wetlands restoration program.

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