The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders has voted to authorize the advertisement of bids for dredging and aeration work on Barbour’s Pond in Garret Mountain Reservation.
Dredging Barbour’s Pond is part of a plan to allow canoes and paddle boats to once again cross the 14-acre body of water for recreation and fishing.
“We are creating more family recreational opportunities in our parks. The improvements are meant to make Garret Mountain a destination park in North Jersey,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “This investment by the freeholders and the state of New Jersey will protect and preserve Garret Mountain for generations to come.”
The funding from this project comes from a State Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Acres program for a $1.45 million grant that would go to the Garret Mountain Improvement Program, which is estimated at $2.9 million, according to a resolution approved by the Freeholder Board.
The remaining balance will be funded through the Open Space Trust Fund.
The dredging will be done on the south end of the pond and the Freeholders are committed to protecting the wildlife in the area, assuring that no wildlife will be removed from the pond.