Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $10 Million In New Federal Funding For Wetlands Restoration Of Hackensack River Basin

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $10 Million In New Federal Funding For Wetlands Restoration Of Hackensack River Basin

Grant Award to NJ Is Largest Award In Country for Restoration Project

Washington - Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded more than $10 million in new federal funding to New Jersey to restore 30 acres of wetlands in Lincoln Park in the Hackensack River Basin in Jersey City. The grant is the single-largest award from NOAA under the Economic Recovery Law signed by President Obama in February.

"This grant from our economic recovery law will put people to work cleaning up polluted sites and restoring our wetlands in New Jersey. This is the largest grant of its kind in the nation, and it will improve the health of New Jersey's environment and economy at the same time," Sen. Lautenberg said.

"These funds will help ensure the future of one of the Garden State's most important natural resources -- our coastal wetlands," said Sen. Menendez. "By helping improve the condition of our state's coasts, we are not only protecting our state's precious natural resources, we are also helping guarantee our families continue having access to these beautiful surroundings well into the future."

The $10,596,006 in funding will allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to clean up and restore part of a former industrial and landfill site. This project will help restore wetlands and will create 4,500 feet of creeks. NOAA estimates the grant will create 41 new jobs.

The Lincoln Park Wetland Restoration is a project to restore an 80-acre coastal wetland in the urban industrialized area of the Hackensack River basin. This project will restore the area's native salt marsh, improve the overall ecological health of the Hackensack River ecosystem and increase public access to the site. Over time, the restoration should increase fish populations and open migratory paths for alewife and blueback herring.

More information and a map of the site can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/restorationatlas/recovery_map.html.

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