Atlantic City Electric provided wetland
mitigation to compensate for wetland conversion that resulted from constructing
a transmission line in Gloucester County, N.J. The wetland site was created in
2008, and we continue to monitor its progress.
Our work on this project, which will continue
until 2015, includes creating a mosaic of forested and scrub-shrub wetlands in
areas where there were once open mowed fields, farm land, degraded farmed
wetlands and woodland edge. The creation and enhancement of site wetlands will
increase the functional value of these areas, particularly in regard to plant
and wildlife habitat.
A quality control and assurance plan
helps ensure the project's success. A component of the plan is to use adaptive
management, a science-based approach to managing ecological systems and
communities that are continuously evolving. Independent scientists make up the
adaptive management team, which monitors the site and recommends improvements
based on site conditions. Adaptations are made to ensure the wetland's
sustainability at the end of the maintenance and monitoring period.