Landfill closure funded with natural resource
Jersey City, NJ— Joining
Hudson County officials along the Hackensack River, Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell
announced a commitment of $5 million in funding for Lincoln Park
to restore wetlands and redevelop a landfill for active recreation
use. Hudson County also will provide $2 million towards the landfill
closure and redevelopment project.
Hudson County’s Lincoln
Park site encompasses 270 acres that includes numerous recreation
fields and other facilities. A 31-acre wetland portion of the
site along the Hackensack River will be restored from a degraded
salt marsh that was used as part of a local landfill to a functioning
tidal wetland. An adjacent 20-acre portion of landfilled area
will be properly closed with a cap and other environmental controls.
Landfill operations ceased at the site in 1982.
The funding comes from three
settlements between state and Federal trustee agencies and companies
that caused past water pollution in the area that resulted in
natural resource damages. Trustees in these cases include DEP,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trustees will use settlement
funds to restore wetlands and endangered species habitat, increase
public access to natural resources, and protect and manage resources
injured by oil spills and hazardous waste sites.
“In an area with so little
green space, this project will provide over 20 new acres of healthy
parkland and ballfields, providing Hudson County families another
option for relaxation and recreation while also cleaning the environment
and providing valuable wildlife habitat,” Congressman Robert
Trustees and the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers evaluated various restoration alternatives for the
Lincoln Park site. The wetland restoration plan will include removal
of landfill debris, creation of tidal channels, and planting of
salt marsh vegetation. In addition, the adjacent landfill area
will be capped using the excavated material from the site. This
process will lower the site elevation of the 31-acre area so that
it can once again be regularly flowed by the tide and support
native wetland plant species with high habitat value.
The on-site landfill consolidation
and closure component includes placement of a soil cap with storm
water management controls. Active recreation plans will be incorporated
into the cap design to allow for safe use of the area by residents.
DEP will continue to partner with Hudson County and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to oversee the construction