Trenton, NJ
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February 12, 2015
DEP Issues Permits for Assunpink Creek Environmental Restoration Project in Trenton

"The Department of Environmental Protection has approved permits for the removal of a 500-foot long Broad Street culvert that carries the Assunpink Creek under a portion of Trenton, and to realign and stabilize the creek as part of a long-awaited restoration effort, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

The removal of the culvert will “daylight” the stream, meaning it will no longer run underground. The stream will be stabilized with river stone, boulders and other materials, including native vegetation to be planted on the banks. The project site is about 1,000 feet upstream from the mouth of the Assunpink Creek at the Delaware River

The goal of the project is to offer new recreational opportunities, restore migratory fish habitat, improve the aesthetics of the nearby historic Mill Hill neighborhood, remove an existing safety hazard, and improve the overall stream ecology of the Assunpink Creek by creating an open channel stream system. As designed, the project would reduce sediment and pollutant loads of heavy metals, pesticides, organic contaminants and nutrients from urbanized surface runoff."

Work is expected to start on the $4 million project this spring and be completed by the end of 2016. The project is being financed on a 75 percent-25 percent cost share between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the DEP, which is providing $1 million through its 319(h) federal Clean Water Act grant program."

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