Summary of the Sparta Glen Brook Restoration Project
The Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to announce the successful completion of its’ Sparta Glen Brook Restoration Project as of May 10th, 2016. We will re-assess the restoration several times in the next few years.
In-stream work started, as scheduled, on April 5th. While Joe Urbani was not available to supervise the project due to a recent surgery, the Urbani plan or design was masterfully executed by Lance Bigelow, Coy Hardie and our own Brian Cowden. Urbani Fisheries, LLC, of Bozeman, MT installed (90) pools, created (20) riffles, armored the stream banks and connected flood plains as required by the design or plan. In so doing, they essentially manipulated every square inch of the stream’s bed. I expect that we will have an aquatic insect population this summer and brook trout by next summer.
The in-stream work was completed and approved by the Town of Sparta and FSBNJTU on April 14th. It should be pointed out that the NJDEP inspected and approved the in-stream work on April 12th.
Between April 8th and May 10th, (131) volunteers working (636) hours, planted about (1900) trees and shrubs. The riparian zone planting was organized and supervised by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.
On May 10th, the total restoration was inspected and approved by Sparta’s Town Engineer, Eric Powell.
I’d like to recognize the efforts of Brian Marsh of US Fish and Wildlife who not only arranged for a significant amount of funding for the project, but also designed the planting plan, arranged for the delivery of (1300) trees and shrubs, and then augered (800) holes in the very rocky terrain we had to work with.
About (1000) additional hours were spent by FSBNJTU members preparing the DEP Permit Application, fund raising and various administrative tasks associated with the project.
Financially, we had (15) groups contribute close to $112,000. At this time there is about $10,000 left over for maintenance, starting this fall.
With regard to maintenance, we were able to get the Sparta Fire Department to agree to water our plantings through the summer for a “fund raising donation” of $50 per watering. The weather in the last five weeks has been very cooperative and we have not had to water the plants.
The Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FSB) is proud to announce that it has partnered with Sparta Township, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partners, US Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and TU National to do a stream restoration project for the Sparta Glen Brook. As many of you know, the Sparta Glen Brook was devastated with a microburst in 2000 and, after a partial rebuild, was again severely damaged with Hurricane Irene in 2011. The Trout Unlimited effort will stop the brook’s bank erosion and restore the brook’s ecosystem to its natural state. In doing so, the stream’s banks will be made stable with plantings, the habitat will be restored for natural trout spawning, and the general appearance of the park will be enhanced.
The instream work has been quoted at $72,500. We expect the planting costs to be between $35,000 and $50,000. Our total projected cost is between $120,000 and $135,000. In addition to the chapter’s contribution of about $50,000, most of the funding will come from grants from our partners.
Eastern Propane and Lakeland Bank, two of Sparta’s key businesses, have agreed to be sponsors of the project. We are currently searching for additional sponsors. If your company or one you know might be interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact:
In addition, we are hoping for your support and generous donations. Please click the link below to make a donation
earmarked for this project via PayPal, or if you prefer to pay by check, please make them payable to 'North Jersey Trout Unlimited' and mail to:
Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited is a 501c(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your generous contributions!
Status of Funding
We will update this chart every two weeks until we reach our goal. In addition, at each update we will list all contributions over $25, unless submitted anonymously or the donor requests anonymity.
We are estimating that the project will require over 600 hours of volunteer effort, primarily to assist with the massive effort of replanting the banks. If you or an organization you know is interested, volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at the locations below. Even one hour will help!
Details of the Restoration
Overall, the project will restore 0.68 miles of the Sparta Glen Brook as designated on the map displayed at the left.
Our objective is to enhance all aspects of habitat that trout require, as well as improve and stabilize the damaged riparian zones. We will utilize a technique called “bed manipulation” which involves reorganizing the native elements in the stream to favor trout and their food based organisms, thereby allowing the stream to reach its full potential. We will work with the natural characteristics of the stream to optimize habitat conditions. We will include development of pool, riffle and run habitats, and stabilization of the stream banks and flood plane areas. Streambed material will be replaced in areas that are appropriate for trout spawning and juvenile trout habitat.
Maintenance, including riparian plantings on the banks of the brook will be required. We are committed to maintaining the restoration of the brook for the next several years and look forward to involving the community in our project and its maintenance.
The Permit Application was signed by Sparta’s Township Manager William Close on April 15th, 2015. The application was filed with the DEP on May 20th. We received DEP approval and the Permit on September 2nd.
In-stream work is currently scheduled to start about April 4th, 2016, as long as the weather cooperates. Urbgani Fisheries, LLC, our contractor, estimates the in-stream work will take about ten days.
The town has agreed to clean up any debris and re-locate any boulders left after the in-stream work is complete.
We plan to start planting the 5.2 acres of riparian zone immediately after the in-stream work is complete. We estimate that we will be planting about (1500) plants. We expect the planting job will take about (600) hours over ten planting days between April and June. We hope to have help from local scouts, school groups and interested townspeople.
The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) will advise advise and oversee the planting operation. In addition, we expect lots of help from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Besides WRWMG, TU volunteers will plant and supervise other volunteers during the planting sessions. It should be an enjoyable community project.
At this time we don’t know how much planting we will be allowed to do on the 10.6 acres of hillside. That will be a 2017/18 project in any event. Stay tuned.
Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, in keeping with the TU mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds", along with its partners, is going to restore Sparta Glen Brook. Please be generous with your support.
Many thanks to the following businesses that have become sponsors of our project. Please visit their websites to learn more about them.
The list of non-anonymous donors to date is as follows (in alphabetical order). A heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of them!
Sparta Glen Brook Restoration
By JENNIFER DERICKS
April 22, 2016 at 11:34 PM
SPARTA, NJ – Volunteers took over the Sparta Glen Brook park last Saturday to help with the restoration project undertaken by Trout Unlimited. Nearly 30 people, mostly students, gave up their Saturday morning to plant more than 400 trees along the banks of the Glen Brook. On Sunday volunteers from the Sparta VFW were expected to continue the work.
Please see the attached document for information regarding the planting days at the Sparta Glen.
See the link below for the article and video posted by the NJ Herald about our chapter's project to restore the Sparta Glen Brook! http://www.njherald.com/article/20151129/ARTICLE/311299988
Following quickly on the heels of approval to submit our project permit applications, Jennifer Dericks of TAPintoSparta.net prepared an excellent summary of our Sparta Glen Brook restoration project along with information about some of our other important chapter activities. Many thanks to Jennifer and TAPintoSparta.net for helping bring attention to our project! Click below to read the article:
Many thanks to the Sparta Township Environmental Commission for sending the township manager a memorandum of support for our chapter's Sparta Glen Project! The entire memo is attached below and is a great step in the direction of partnering with the town to help move our project forward.
In an effort to stop the erosion and restore the brook to its natural state, the FSBNJ Chapter of TU has proposed a restoration project to the Township of Sparta. We are in the process of obtaining a Survey and Design from Urbani Fisheries, LLC of Bozeman, MT. Urbani Fisheries are experts in pond design, fisheries enhancement, and river/stream bank erosion and have done much river restoration work in the State of New Jersey and in many other states.
Overall, the project will restore .68 miles of the Sparta Glen Brook as designated on the map displayed here. Our objective is to enhance all aspects of habitat that trout require, as well as improve and stabilize the damaged riparian zones. We will be utilizing a technique called “bed manipulation” which involves reorganizing the native elements in the stream to favor trout and their food-based organisms, thereby allowing the stream to reach its full potential. We will work with the natural characteristics of the stream to optimize habitat conditions. We will include development of pool, riffle, and run habitats, and stabilization of the stream banks and flood plain areas. Stream bed material will be replaced in areas that are appropriate for trout spawning and juvenile trout habitat. The FSBNJ Chapter of TU will work closely with the Township of Sparta and the Division of Fish and Wildlife of the State of New Jersey in obtaining all of the necessary permits for the restoration project.
Maintenance, including riparian plantings on the banks of the Sparta Glen Brook, will be required. We are committed to maintain the restoration of the brook for the next several years and look forward to involving the community in our project and in its maintenance! A presentation about this project is attached below. For more information you can contact us here and we will be happy to answer any of your questions!
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