County Agent II/ Associate Professor
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Middlesex and Union
1 County Agent II/ Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, North Brunswick, NJ, 08902
2 Public Information Assistant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, North Brunswick, NJ, 08902
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has developed the second in a series of videos describing the restoration efforts within the Manalapan Brook watershed in central New Jersey. This video is titled “Restoring the Manalapan Brook Watershed: Floating Wetland Islands- Installation and Maintenance”. Floating wetland islands use recycled plastic material which are planted with native wetland plants. The plants along with microbes in the island, remove harmful nutrients from the water column including excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment. The islands shown in this video were installed in Thompson Park in the Township of Monroe. The video was released in April, 2016 and was developed for NJ municipalities, residents, and schools. The primary objectives of the video are: 1- to inform local watershed residents about the purpose of the new islands in the lake; 2- to inform communities across the state about small scale, inexpensive projects that can be installed in their lakes and ponds to help mitigate nutrient pollution.
Ms. Bakacs wrote and narrated the script and Mr. Smela, County Public Information Assistant, was the videographer and editor. The video was funded by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. It was played continuously at the August, 2016 Middlesex County Fair and Monroe Township’s October, 2016 Green Fair and has been viewed 232 times at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiHfbJEzU_E&t=46s. The video has also been used to teach Rutgers volunteers such as the Master Gardeners and Environmental Stewards about best practices for water quality protection.