ERIC STILES / SOUTH JERSEY TIMES – On a wintery weekend in December, more than 80 volunteers came together to help New Jersey Audubon staff plant 1,320 native trees and shrubs on a working farm in Salem County.
The volunteers planted trees and shrubs along an irrigation pond that connects to the nearby Fenwick Creek, forming a riparian buffer that protects the waterway by filtering out pollutants in runoff while providing food and cover for wildlife. The Fenwick Creek flows into the Salem River, which in turn flows into the Delaware Bay, and is part of the larger Delaware River Basin.
That same weekend, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a legislative package that provides more than $10 billion in federal investment for water resources and infrastructure projects. This important legislation, signed by then-President Barack Obama on Dec. 16, includes a critical authorization to support science-based restoration and protection projects in the Delaware River Basin …
Eric Stiles is president and CEO of the New Jersey Audubon Society.