American shad have returned to this N.J. river after 300-year hiatus

New Jersey was a British colony the last time the American shad swam in the Musconetcong River.

The Musconetcong Watershed Association, in a collaborative effort with state and federal agencies, last summer started an estimated $1.5 million project to remove Hughesville Dam, which once generated hydropower. The work was completed in November.

The dam’s removal restored the Musconetcong River to a free-flowing stream for five miles before it spills into the Delaware River.

The watershed association reported Monday that a fisheries biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife found shad swimming upstream from the site of the Hughesville Dam.

LINK (via: Lehigh Valley Live)

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