Metro Media Tract

Category: Candidate Restoration/Preservation Site

Location: Bordered on the east and south by the Hackensack River and on the north by Marsh Resources Meadowlands Mitigation Bank in Carlstadt, Bergen County.

Latitude/Longitude: 40.81180/-74.03711

Current Land Use: Tidal marsh

Size: 74 acres

Current Ownership: NJMC

Site Description: This Metro Media Tract surrounds the Metro Media Broadcast site and radio towers. The site is undeveloped and dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis).  The current conceptual restoration plan includes restoring tidal hydrology, restoring high and low saltmarsh habitat, creating a tidal channel network, and creating an upland buffer zone.

Existing Site-Specific Data Inventory

A. Survey, Maps, and GIS

HMD regional data exists inclusive of this site.

B. Real Estate/Ownership

Owned by NJMC.

C. Site History & Land Use

No data obtained.

D. Biological Studies – Fauna

No data obtained.

E. Biological Studies – General Environmental

Study on effects of differing soil types on growth of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) was conducted in 1995.

F. Geotechnical

Study on effects of differing soil types on growth of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) was conducted in 1995.

G. Hydraulics and Hydrology

No data obtained.

H. Water and Sediments

No data obtained.

I. Historical/Cultural Resources

No data obtained.

J. Restoration/Remediation Design Plans

No data obtained.

Site Reports

Site #22 – Metro Media Tract

Category: Candidate Restoration/Preservation Site

Location: Bordered on the east and south by the Hackensack River and on the north by Marsh Resources Meadowlands Mitigation Bank in Carlstadt, Bergen County.

Latitude/Longitude: 40.81180 / -74.03711

Current Land Use: Tidal marsh

Size: 74 acres

Current Ownership: NJMC

Site Description: This Metro Media Tract surrounds the Metro Media Broadcast site and radio towers. The site is undeveloped and dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis). The current conceptual restoration plan includes restoring tidal hydrology, restoring high and low saltmarsh habitat, creating a tidal channel network, and creating an upland buffer zone.

Existing Site Specific Data Inventory

* – Report repeated under multiple data categories and/or sites.

A.  Survey, Maps, and GIS

Relevant survey, mapping, and GIS data for the Meadowlands can be found in the Meadowlands-wide site report under data category A.

B.   Real Estate/Ownership

Metro Media Tract was acquired on July 28, 2003 by NJMC for one-million dollars.

C.  Site History & Land Use

No data obtained.

D.  Biological Studies – Fauna

No data obtained.

E.   Biological Studies – General Environmental

1.      *Celebrano, M. A Characterization of Sites in the Hackensack Meadowlands District Experiencing Unexplained Decline of Spartina alterniflora. HMDC. 1995. [1a] Compares soils from the Eastern Brackish Marsh, Western Brackish Marsh, Empire Tract, and Metro Media sites to determine if differing soil characteristics effect the growth of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) seedlings in the first growing season. Soil cores from were analyzed for nutrients, metals, percent organic, grain size, acid-volatile sulfides.

F.   Geotechnical

2.      *Celebrano, M. A Characterization of Sites in the Hackensack Meadowlands District Experiencing Unexplained Decline of Spartina alterniflora. HMDC. 1995. [1a] Compares soils from the Eastern Brackish Marsh, Western Brackish Marsh, Empire Tract, and Metro Media sites to determine if differing soil characteristics effect the growth of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) seedlings in the first growing season. Soil cores from were analyzed for nutrients, metals, percent organic, grain size, acid-volatile sulfides.

G.  Hydraulics and Hydrology

No data obtained.

H.  Water and Sediments

No data obtained.

I.    Historical/Cultural Resources

No data obtained.

J.   Restoration/Remediation Design Plans

No data obtained.

K. Bibliographic Updates                   

Site #22: Metro Media Tract