A dotcom site so I am unable to post the link.....
Go to wolfenotes ....... scroll down to March 10.
The pics are disturbing to say the least.
Ah feetinsand, you always bring us such exciting information! I think it is a travesty that this is how the "new" NJDEP operates.
I agree with both Apollo’s Boss and with you. The piles of “fill” may not have been trucked in. It seems to me to have been most likely just scraped up with the frontend loader (pictured) and dumped in piles—perhaps to be trucked out at some time before the end of this project. The waste debris should be removed, whether it was deposited by flow or some part by illegal dumping, or both.
Sudsy! You've disappointed me. I understand what you are thinking (I think): “Tree Hugger,” but this guy was with us who opposed the DEP proposed amendments to change beach access.
The trees will die as roots become buried. I guess there might be two schools of thought about whether this should be allowed to happen: it happens by the same process that naturally creates levees; and, it is now happening at an increased unnatural rate.
Dead trees create habitat. They should not be considered liabilities or eyesores in an environmental park. I will not bother to research exactly what, but Bull’s Island is a special place, not for pheasants but for warblers which build nests in the cavities previously made by woodpeckers, for their nests.
I guess I’m just afraid if too many trees are removed, maybe campers will be afforded an enhancement of concessions and canoe rental and, what the heck, perhaps even a carousel (if the right stakeholder wants to jump onboard).
What does DEP believe the EP portion of this means?
Bull’s Island spin-off: The D&R Canal
The reason RobG wanted to make it clear that he was not suggesting the removal of the wing dam at Bull’s Island was probably to avoid debating the impact of these old dams but, more so, because of the continued purpose or this particular one. The following few tidbits may all be news to some but perhaps provide some details unknown to others. Bull’s Island is the only camp ground in the D&R Canal State Park.
The law creating the park also established the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission,* which is charged with four main tasks:
Almost all of the water that flows in the D&R Canal enters here at the beginning of the feeder canal which is about 22 miles long, down into Trenton where it feeds the 44 miles of main canal from Bordentown (Crosswick’s Creek) to New Brunswick. Seven locks were used to raise 58 feet from the Delaware to highest point in Trenton.
The canal was almost too small right from its inception. The flow begins in Raven Rock, at Bull’s Island, but the first shovelful of earth was turned near Kinston (construction 1830-1834). The canal was dug and lined with slabs of clay almost entirely by hand, to be 6 feet deep and 60 feet wide, at the surface of the water.
The main canal was widened to 75 feet and deepened to 8 feet beginning in the 1850s. Also, the walls were lined with riprap to prevent erosion from the wakes of steam canal boats and tugs, and locks were lengthened from 110 to 220 feet.
Speaking about erosion, I’m drawn to think about the photos in this thread that show loose soil plowed so as to allow it to spill down the bank of the canal. It seems to me to be a no-brainer that it will erode into, and become deposited on the bottom of, the canal. The feeder canal was just dredged in recent years to refurbish it and restore flow. The main canal is the source of some municipal water.
*Meeting Notice Announcement
The Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission monthly meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM.
The meeting will be held at the Commission’s office in Stockton, New Jersey.
33 Risler Street Stockton, New Jersey 08559
Ref. Linda J. Barth, The Delaware and Raritan Canal (Arcadia Publishing, 2002)