Moonachie Creek

Category: Waterbodies & Other Wetlands Moonachie Creek

Location: Located in the northeastern portion of the HMD in Carlstadt, Bergen County. Runs from the Empire Tract underneath the New Jersey Turnpike – Western Spur to the southwest of Marsh Resources Meadowlands Mitigation Bank, down to the Hackensack River.

Current Land Use: Open Water

Site Description: Moonachie Creek is cut off from tidal influence by a tide gate, as well as berms along the Hackensack, built and maintained by the Bergen County Mosquito Commission. The creek drains a large portion of the Empire Tract. Its banks are dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis), with some mixed wooded species at higher elevations.

Existing Site-Specific Data Inventory

A. Survey, Maps, and GIS

HMD regional data exists inclusive of this site.

B. Real Estate/Ownership

N/A

C. Site History & Land Use

No data obtained.

D. Biological Studies – Fauna

An avian survey and analysis of potential environmental impacts of the proposed mitigation activities were completed for the Empire Tract in 1998.

E. Biological Studies – General Environmental

An avian survey and analysis of potential environmental impacts of the proposed mitigation activities were completed for the Empire Tract in 1998.

F. Geotechnical

No data obtained.

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 #39 – Moonachie Creek

Category: Waterbodies & Other Wetlands

Location: Located in the northeastern portion of the HMD in Carlstadt, Bergen County. Runs from the Empire Tract underneath the New Jersey Turnpike – Western Spur to the southwest of Marsh Resources Meadowlands Mitigation Bank, down to the Hackensack River.

Current Land Use: Open Water

Site Description: Moonachie Creek is cut off from tidal influence by a tide gate, as well as berms along the Hackensack, built and maintained by the Bergen County Mosquito Commission. The creek drains a large portion of the Empire Tract. Its banks are dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis), with some mixed wooded species at higher elevations.

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

Not applicable.

C.  Site History & Land Use

No data obtained.

D.  Biological Studies – Fauna

1.      *TAMS Consultants, Inc. Avian Survey Report: Existing Conditions, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Activities – Empire Tract. Revised October 29, 1998. [1] A report detailing an avian survey, conducted from 1996 to 1997, to determine the overall bird usage of the Empire Tract (through which Moonachie Creek flows). The report also includes a discussion of the potential impacts to the avian community of the affected environment that would result from development and an assessment of the proposed mitigation activities for the Meadowlands Mills wetland mitigation program and its beneficial effect on avifauna.

E.   Biological Studies – General Environmental

2.      *TAMS Consultants, Inc. Avian Survey Report: Existing Conditions, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Activities – Empire Tract. Revised October 29, 1998. [1] A report detailing an avian survey, conducted from 1996 to 1997, to determine the overall bird usage of the Empire Tract (through which Moonachie Creek flows). The report also includes a discussion of the potential impacts to the avian community of the affected environment that would result from development and an assessment of the proposed mitigation activities for the Meadowlands Mills wetland mitigation program and its beneficial effect on avifauna.

F.   Geotechnical

No data obtained.

G.  Hydraulics and Hydrology

No data obtained.

H.  Water and Sediments

3.      *Mattson, C., G. Potera, & M.E. Saks. Water Quality in a Disordered Ecosystem: A Report on the Water Quality Monitoring Study Performed in the Hackensack Meadowlands between June and September 1971. 1971. [1a] Part of a natural resource inventory on which to base future land use decisions and against which to make future comparisons. Chemistry and water quality were measured at 11 sites, including Berry’s Creek, Penhorn Creek, Losen Slote Creek, Bellman’s Creek, Moonachie Creek, Mill Creek, and the Hackensack River.

I.    Historical/Cultural Resources

No data obtained.

J.   Restoration/Remediation Design Plans

No data obtained.

K. Bibliographic Updates                   

Site #39: Moonachie Creek