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Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
July 29, 2008



Contacts:         Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
                          West Windsor Township
                          (609) 799-2400

West Windsor Township Ready to Begin Grovers Mill Pond Dredging and Pond Restoration Project

Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is pleased to announce that the Grovers Mill Pond is ready to be dredged and restored in accordance with plans developed over the last several years.  The dredging and pond restoration project,  funded by both local and federal dollars, will restore the pond ecosystem to sustain fish, turtles, and other types of wildlife that need a clean and healthy waterway to survive and thrive.  The project is being directly managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

“As with many organizations across both the public and private sectors, the Army Corps of Engineers is steadily ‘growing greener,’” says Lieutenant Colonel Tom Tickner, who commands the Corps' Philadelphia District.  “Just within New Jersey, in this new millennium we have helped preserve the freshwater migratory bird habitat of Lower Cape May Meadows, and installed fish ladders to bypass dams along both the Cooper and Batsto Rivers.  Now we come to the Corps' first restoration of a lake within the Garden State, thanks to the steadfast support of Congressman Holt and a strong and vital partnership with West Windsor Township.  Years of hard work have brought us to this point, but the benefits will be with us for years more to come.”

Mayor Hsueh agreed stating; “Grovers Mill Pond has had years of silt build-up which is choking out the aquatic life.  Finally, we will have a pond that will provide for a vigorous habitat and allow for more recreation.”  Mayor Hsueh added, “I want to express the gratitude of the Township to Representative Rush Holt for all of his efforts on securing and retaining funding for this project and involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

The dredging and pond restoration project has had a number of interesting and important constraints including a bald eagle restriction (lifted in May) and a fish spawning restriction (to be lifted in August).  The project must also be completed by November due to the turtle hibernation restriction.  Mayor Hsueh said, “The windows are tight, but so far, everything is moving forward thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers and their contractor, Select Transportation, Inc.”

Representative Rush Holt said, “I am a strong supporter of efforts to clean up our air, land, and water.  I was standing at Grovers Mill Pond in July of 2003 offering initial funding for this project because the pond obviously was in terrible condition.  Five years later, I am pleased to see this project begin to benefit residents of West Windsor.”

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