SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Glen Brook Restoration project is closer to reality. Recently Russell Furnari, Chairman of the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partners gave a $20,000 check to John Norstedt of North Jersey Trout Unlimited. The funds will be used to restore a section of the Sparta Glen Brook.
The NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partners is a partnership of private corporations, federal and state government, conservation organizations and academia, according to Norstedt. The mission of this organization is to protect, enhance and restore important aquatic habitats and water quality in New Jersey.
“The project is on schedule to begin the Glen project on or around April 4,” said Norstedt.
Norstedt and other representatives of the Fred S Burroughs North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited presented their plan to restore the Glen Brook at a Sparta Township Council meeting last April. The plan is to work on .68 miles of the brook that have been repeatedly compromised from the microburst storm of 2000 to Hurricane Irene in 2011. They point to previous attempts at remediation that need to be undone and done correctly to encourage a stabilize the fish population.
The project will be done with private funds and limited assistance from the Sparta DPW. It is anticipated to take 15-18 months to complete the restoration.
In addition to the restoration project, Trout Unlimited supports the Sparta public school Trout in the Classroom programs.