My Central Jersey: Dismal Swamp Photo Gallery

David Wheeler, chief operations officer of the Edison Wetlands Association, pulls back healthy cattails from the Helen Street Wetlands within the Dismal Swamp to take a look at what outdoor enthusiasts call the Everglades of Central Jersey. The Helen Street Wetlands, the largest body of water within the Dismal Swamp, helps to clean the drinking water taken from the Raritan River. The Edison Wetlands Association hopes to turn the Dismal Swamp into outdoor education center in order to protect and promote its many uses, including habitat, recreation and scientific ...

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Daily Record: Dismal Swamp has its friends

One man’s stinky, useless swamp is another man’s beautifully abounding treasure, environmentalists say. If that’s the case, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the dream of the Edison Wetlands Association, an environmental watchdog and education group that aims to make an outdoor education center out of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area that borders Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen. But first, the group and other environmentalists must continually protect the 1,250-acre mix of forest, meadows and Environmental Protection ...

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My Central Jersey: Swamp wars: Group looks to protect Central Jersey wetlands

One man’s stinky, useless swamp is another man’s beautifully abounding treasure, environmentalists say. If that’s the case, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the dream of the Edison Wetlands Association, an environmental watchdog and education group that aims to make an outdoor education center out of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area that borders Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen. But first the group and other environmentalists must continually protect the 1,250-acre mix of forest, meadows and Environmental Protection Agency ...

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The Dodge Blog: Protecting the Dismal Swamp in Central NJ

At first glance, the wooded slopes of the Bound Brook appeared to be something from a Bram Stoker nightmare in the Carpathian Mountains. Sharp-pointed wooden stakes jut from the ground every few feet, like the handiwork of Vlad the Impaler. Yet the cause of these stakes is something far more benign: the hard-working American beaver. Beavers returned to the Bound Brook’s headwaters here in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area around a decade ago, after nearly a century away. Industry’s historic legacy on New Jersey water quality, combined with the endless push of ...

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South Plainfield wasting money on project

On behalf of the environmental nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), I am writing to bring the residents of South Plainfield up to date on the Hollywood Avenue extension project. The application, which was submitted a few weeks ago and signed by the former Mayor Charles Butrico, came back from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) with 18 deficiencies. EWA was stunned into silence by the sloppiness and unprofessional manner by which the application was prepared by the borough of South Plainfield's consultant. The borough was reporte...

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My Central Jersey: Truck road application hits a snag

The borough has more homework before its application to build a truck road on wetlands in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is considered complete by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP found 18 areas in the application that were “deficient” – including the absence of written consent from people whose land would need to be used for the proposed project, according to a DEP letter to the borough dated May 31. The chairman of a borough committee behind the project said the engineering firm that handled the application, Remington, ...

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New Jersey Newsroom: A year in New Jersey’s Dismal Swamp

On the final day of the year, we can look back on another gorgeous year in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in central New Jersey. Surrounded by sprawl and suburbia in the towns of Edison, South Plainfield, and Metuchen, outsiders would hardly expect a place called the Dismal Swamp to be a nature sanctuary. Yet it is a true oasis for wildlife in a sea of overdevelopment. And over the course of a year, I got to spend much of every day within "The Diz", observing and experiencing the more subtle changes that accompany the turning of the seasons. Throughout ...

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The Star-Ledger: Religious group, environmentalists battle over preserved land in Edison

It’s church vs. nature. For years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have planned to erect a kingdom hall in Edison on one of the last private tracts of land in the Dismal Swamp wildlife sanctuary. The 3-acre property was donated by the widow of a prominent developer. But there’s a problem: Because the property is landlocked, the religious group needs to build an access road through 1/10th of an acre of township land preserved as open space. The issue has sparked a more than year-long debate. Environmentalists have tied to stop the project. Others say it’s an issue of ...

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Sentinel:Resident discovers the Diz, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary

A few months ago when I began interning at Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), I was looking forward to learning about different environmental sites the organization was working on. Much to my surprise, one of these areas fell right in my hometown of South Plainfield. The Dismal Swamp, or the “Diz,” as it is better known here, is a 1,240-acre refuge for wildlife that covers the towns of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USEPA placed the Dismal Swamp under “priority wetlands,” which basically means it’s one ...

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WNJ Exclusive: Lark and Lincoln’s sparrows among sparrow extravaganza in Dismal Swamp

On a gloomy day filled with intermittent rain, two birders had quite a day afield in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.  Lark sparrows - an infrequent New Jersey visitor more commonly found in the American West -and Lincoln's sparrows were among the 10 species of sparrows found by birders Mike McGraw and Scott Quitel in the Hollywood Avenue wetlands and meadows area of South Plainfield today. The birders also spotted a Cooper's hawk trying to find its lunch from the sparrow smorgasbord, which also included the endangered grasshopper sparrow along with swamp, ...

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