Restoring the Cape May County Ponds

Natural water bodies can be attractive park features for people and wildlife, but without proper protection and management healthy wetlands can quickly deteriorate. The ponds of Cape May County Park in Cape May County, New Jersey hold special significance within the community as a public park and picnicking area. In recent years, the ponds have fallen into poor health due to stormwater runoff from adjacent sites and issues with resident geese populations. Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. has teamed up with Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants to develop a plan to improve water quality by restoring native wet meadows and shoreline vegetation. The project also aims to improve the existing picnic grove with the addition of ADA accessible paths and a new overlook where visitors can take in views of the pond.

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Improvements to the picnic grove include new ADA accessible paths, newly framed views from existing seating areas and a proposed shoreline overlook to present views of the beautifully restored ponds.

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Restored native shoreline vegetation will reduce erosion, remove pollutants and deter destructive geese activity.

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