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Union County Ready to Move Forward With Briant Pond Hydro-Raking Project

Today, the Union County Board of County Commissioners announced the beginning of the Briant Pond restoration project in Summit. This significant initiative is in response to concerns voiced by Summit residents regarding the environmental condition and recreational potential of the pond. Scheduled to kick off on or around April 17, 2024, the project is expected to unfold over the course of several weeks.

“We share the concerns of Briant Park users, which is why the County of Union has been collaborating with the NJDEP to secure necessary permits. This investment in restoration emphasizes our commitment to attentively addressing issues and enacting meaningful change,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “By undertaking this project, we are not only preserving natural habitats but also enriching recreational opportunities for our community. This endeavor highlights our commitment to environmental stewardship and genuine community engagement.”

In a competitive bidding process, T. R. Weniger, a contractor with experience in similar endeavors, was selected to lead the hydro-raking project. Providing oversight and management of the operation is Colliers Engineering, a firm known for its expertise in Engineering & Project Management.

The hydro-raking process represents a critical step towards revitalizing Briant Pond, aimed at improving its ecological health and recreational value. Summit residents can look forward to positive transformations resulting from this comprehensive restoration effort.

Central to the project is the utilization of specialized equipment, including an eight-ton excavator mounted on pontoons, equipped with a front rake. Operations are scheduled on weekdays, Monday through Friday, ensuring minimal disruption to park users while maximizing efficiency. The proven track record of T. R. Weniger in executing similar projects across New Jersey instills confidence that Summit residents will witness tangible improvements.

To keep the community informed and engaged, a general overview of the project timeline and potential impact on park activities has been provided. The hydro-raking operation promises to be a visually captivating endeavor that underscores Union County’s commitment to environmental stewardship and community well-being.

Summit residents and members of the broader community are encouraged to stay updated on the progress of the Briant Pond restoration project by visiting