Restoring and Enhancing Historic Property
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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The United States Army Corps of Engineers Finderne Farms Wetlands Mitigation Project is part of the Green Brook Flood Control Project, designed to reduce flood damage in New Jersey s Raritan River Basin in north-central New Jersey Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties. The mitigation project, located on 130 acres of land along the Raritan River in Bridgewater Township, enhances and restores the land around the historic Van Veghten House in Somerset County, by creating wildlife habitats and a public park. The state is proud of its history, and this was taken into account when the Corpss New York District collaborated with them in 2000 on this project. According to the biologist and project coordinator, the wetland mitigation work is enhancing existing wetlands, forested land, and grassland habitats on the site and creating more than 20 acres of man-made wetlands to sustain wildlife and create an educational public park. The land was used for farming crops and livestock from the late 1600s to just a few years ago when Somerset County purchased it for open space preservation and park development. Years of farming had caused erosion problems on the land.
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