Posted on December 6, 2021
LOWER TOWNSHIP — New life could be coming to a swath of marsh near Sunset Beach, under a proposal to restore tidal flow to Pond Creek.
Aside from returning a wide area of the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area to its previous habitat, the three-phase state project could allow more public access to the site, with new trails and wildlife viewing areas.
Long-term plans also call for a new education and interpretive center at the site of a former magnesite plant along Sunset Boulevard. That would be the final phase of a project that is set to begin in late 2022 or early 2023.
It will start with the restoration of tidal flow to Pond Creek, which flows into the Delaware Bay in the Higbee Beach area.
That project has been contemplated for years, originally envisioned as including the Army Corps of Engineers along with the state Department of Environmental Protection. As of 2015, it looked like the state would take on the project alone.
Pond Creek flows through the marsh on one side of Higbee Beach, a large stretch of preserved land along the Delaware Bay running from Sunset Beach to the Cape May Canal, including about 1,200 acres.
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