Project: Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, Egg Harbor/ Longport, NJ
Owner: New Jersey Department Environmental Protection
Client: Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
ducks in salt pond

Malibu Beach Wildlife Management area is a recently acquired open space purchased and restored through unique cooperative agreement whereby the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) funded the acquisition through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Green Acres Program. The NJDOT funding was made available through the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Comprehensive Environmental Mitigation plan for the reconstruction of the Route 52 Causeway, a two-mile long bridge over Great Egg Harbor Bay between Somers Point and Ocean City, New Jersey.

In a joint press release, NJDEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell noted "The preservation of Malibu Beach will protect threatened species habitat, restore vulnerable wetlands, and provide opportunities for fishing. NJDOT Commissioner Jack Littiere added "we are working closely with Commissioner Campbell to ensure projects like the Route 52 Causeway replacement contribute to the protection of New Jersey's natural treasures."

Black Skimmer Yellow Crowned Night Heron Rowbear Consulting, PC designed the restoration and helped craft the Memorandum of Understanding that led to the agreement. The restoration included removal of thousands of cubic yards of old construction debris, construction of a low-impact parking lot, wetland mitigation, and restoration of 2,500 feet of salt pond shoreline. A salt pond is a coastal pond that is primarily fed by rainwater but gets periodic inflow of salt water during storm events. These habitats provide excellent breeding and foraging habitat for migrating shore birds. Numerous species have been observed in the pond including Black Skimmer, Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Blue Heron, Black Crowned Night Heron and many species of gulls, ducks and geese. The parking lot is a favorite of local citizens for ocean views and access to the WMA. A map of the area can be viewed at www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/wmamaps/malibu_beach.pdf

Oceanfront of Malibu Beach

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