In August of 1988 the Woodbridge River Watch was organized. What started out as a group of 6 concerned citizens now numbers over 100 wonderful volunteers. Our purpose is the cleanup and restoration of all the waterways of Woodbridge
Through our efforts a Township Resolution was passed designating 40+ acres of Green Acres property as the Woodbridge River Watch Wildlife Sanctuary which will provide a home forever for birds and animals that inhabit the area. Two walking trails are planned that will not intrude into the sanctuary but will give our residents a place to view the bird and animal life.
Beginning with wintertime walks to familiarize us with potential cleanup sites and subsequent meetings at the main Woodbridge Library, where final plans are made. Our cleanups are in the spring and fall of the year and have been concentrated on the Woodbridge River and its Feeders along with Pupmkin Patch Brook in Colonia. Since the river serves as a basin for about 50 percent of Woodbridge, there are many feeder streams emptying into the river. It has been estimated that dues to our efforts, approximately 9 to 10 tons of debris have been pulled from the waterways, everything from shopping carts to automobile engines to cans and bottles. There seems to be no limit to what unthinking people have dumped into our precious waterways.
To compliment the Woodbridge River, north from Port Reading Avenue bridge for about 2000 feet, we asked for and have received through resolution, approximately 40 acres of Green Acres property consisting mostly of meadows but with some Woodland Area. The 40 acres are now designated as the Woodbridge River Watch Wildlife Sanctuary. Our plan for the Sanctuary includes a nature trail, bird watching facilities, bird nesting homes, etc. but most of all this will provide a home forever for the birds and animals that inhabit the area either seasonally through migration or permanently. This has been a cooperative effort with members of the administration, Town Council and ourselves. Just think! In the middle of our highly developed township, we are reviving an almost forgotten highly polluted river and preservation of 40 acres of open spaces for posterity. We are not done, we will continue to add to this inventory as we go along.
So, come, join us, be a part of this volunteer group of residents like yourself who are concerned with the environment and want to have clean streams and open spaces.
We need you, your family and friends, to work with us in this endevour. Much has yet to be done, further cleanups, trails to be built but most of all to further the education of our citizenry in the field of preservation of our most important possessions, the land and water of our township.