Introduction | Functions and Values of Wetlands
| Wetlands Enhancement
Wetlands Sites in the Meadowlands
What is a Wetland? Wetlands are lands that are flooded or saturated at or near the ground surface for varying periods of time during the year. Wet habitats generally occur between uplands and deepwater. Based on their characteristics wetlands are further defined as marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, wet meadows, etc.
The goal of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is to preserve natural and open areas of the Meadowlands, to restore degraded wetlands, and to improve the water quality of the Hackensack River Estuary. The Commission has acquired over 1700 acres of wetlands for preservation and pursues the acquisition of additional sites as they become available.
Enhancement activities are underway on degraded portions of these wetlands. Our efforts are designed to restore wetland function to areas that no longer provide quality fisheries and wildlife habitat, passive recreation opportunities, and water purification.
The Commission, in addition to the land that it owns, holds management rights to almost 1,300 acres in the Meadowlands District, mostly wetlands. Management rights are awarded by the Bureau of Tidelands of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The Bureau is the keeper of the riparian trust for the State of New Jersey, which claims an interest in all properties that are currently or formerly flowed by tidal waters.