NJ Audubon Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC) member New Jersey American Water was recently awarded the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's (NJBIA) Environmental Quality Award for its habitat restoration project in conjunction with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, for its property in the Pottersville section of Tewksbury, Hunterdon County.
With the aid of New Jersey Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) the project was focused on large scale invasive vegetation removal and improving native understory plant communities in a riparian area along the Lamington River (a Category One Waterway - designated as such for its ecological importance). Ultimately this habitat improvement will benefit both resident and migratory birds and other wildlife by providing critical foraging and breeding areas.
"It always gives us great pleasure to recognize the outstanding achievements of our member companies." said NJBIA President Phillip Kirschner. "Each one of our Awards for Excellence winners has a wonderful story that deserves to be told."
A restored ecosystem provides beneficial natural services well beyond property boundaries. Because restoration generally contributes to public wellbeing, NJ Audubon congratulates NJ American Water for receiving this award and for their commitment to restoring NJ's habitat.