PSEG Estuary Enhancement Program

AKRF has had the privilege of working closely with PSEG on the ground-breaking Estuary Enhancement Program, which restored and/or preserved over 20,000 acres of tidal wetlands/upland buffers and installed 13 fish ladders throughout the Delaware Estuary. Involving land in two states, the effort was designed to offset the potential for impacts to fish populations from the operation of Salem Generating Station’s cooling water intake structure. AKRF personnel were an integral part of the PSEG Project Team, specifically responsible for securing the local, state, and federal permits that were required for the construction of the Estuary Enhancement Program, as well as compliance oversight with the numerous conditions of these permits. We also provided program direction and management, including overseeing wetland restoration implementation, managing vegetation, and other biological monitoring studies, as well as day to day interface with regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders.

Alloway Creek Wetland Restoration Site with Salem/Hope Creek Generating Station in distance.

Estuary Enhancement Program Map

Public access improvements allow the visitors to enjoy “One of the Last Great Places,” as recognized by The Nature Conservancy.

PSEG has preserved more than 10,000 acres of uplands, wetlands, agricultural fields, properties, and landscapes of historic significance.

Management of the non-native, invasive plant species, Phragmites, allowed tidal wetlands to revegetate with native grasses.

Restored marshes now exhibit productivity of fish and invertebrates comparable to that of nearby natural marshes.


The construction of fish ladders helps river herring overcome barriers blocking migration into freshwater spawning and nursery grounds.

What We Did
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