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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
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:
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.