New Jersey American Water Provides Homes for Birds
December 20, 2010 at 17:06 PM EST
Native birds are welcome to flock to New Jersey American Water properties. Through its Environmental Stewardship Program, the company has installed nesting boxes on its properties in Atlantic County, its Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Short Hills, and at the Glendola Reservoir in Monmouth County.
In Atlantic and Cape May Counties, bluebirds – as well as tree swallows – will find nesting boxes on New Jersey American Water’s properties in Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township and Ocean City.
Four nesting boxes have been installed at the Glendola Reservoir in Wall Township, Monmouth County. These boxes are placed in a protected environment and offer these native birds a nesting habitat.
After consulting with the Audubon Society, New Jersey American Water installed nesting boxes between its two reservoirs in Short Hills for the American wood duck, whose population has been declining due to lack of habitats. Since wood ducks only nest in wetlands or very close to waters, the protected reservoir properties and wetlands at the Canoe Brook plant offer them the ideal habitat.
“New Jersey American Waters seeks to install nesting boxes for those species that suffer from a lack of nesting sites,” said Gary Matthews, environmental manager for New Jersey American Water. “We have facilities that are ideal for enhancing natural habitats and which enable us to be good neighbor to these native species.”
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.