New Jersey Public Television (NJN) has begun filming the bi-weekly protests that the Edison Wetlands Association is holding at the Raritan River Basin for a documentary about their continued efforts to make corporate polluters responsible for their environmental foibles. David Wheeler, Director of Operations for EWA, told us that "we will be holding our second rally tomorrow (Tuesday, November 25) at noon, at the intersection of Meadow Road and Midvale Road" in Edison. He encourages all interested citizens to attend.
Woodbrook Pond, photo courtesy of Metuchen Environmental Commission
The Edison Wetlands Association has its headquarters at Triple C Ranch in the Dismal swamp. Metuchen Matters will follow all stories regarding the Preservation Act as well as the continued protests. One of our intrepid reporters will even find out why such a lovely place has such a yucky name. But, in response to the queries we got about the swamp, we're going to give you all the information you need to find, contact and enjoy the Wetlands and the Dismal Swamp. The EWA offers guided tours and hikes for the public so here's how to get in on the action.
About the Triple C Ranch and Dismal Swamp
The 5.27-acre Triple C Ranch is located in the middle of the Dismal Swamp, a 650-acre environmentally sensitive wetland, and is adjacent to 275 acres of protected land owned by Edison Township. In April 2001, EWA completed the purchase of the ranch, which had fallen into considerable disrepair. EWA has since restored the Triple C Ranch as the only working farm in the Edison-Woodbridge area, and one of the few remaining farms in northern Middlesex Country.
The Dismal Swamp is the largest continuous wetlands in northern Middlesex County, spanning portions of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield. As the last viable ecosystem within an encroaching urban/suburban environment, the Dismal Swamp provides natural flood control and wildlife habitat, while its forests produce oxygen, and its wetlands clean and purify water.
To arrange for a guided hike or tour or for additional queries, please contact:
Edison Wetlands Association
Triple C Ranch & Nature Center
206 Tyler Road
Edison, NJ 08820
For directions on how to get to the Triple C Ranch, please click on this link.