A new state-of-the-art culvert is bringing new life to Monmouth County’s Wreck Pond, a unique coastal lake that has had a long history of flooding and water quality problems due to an antiquated discharge pipe. The new concrete culvert – the result of a productive partnership involving the DEP, the Borough of Spring Lake, the American Littoral Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – effectively creates an inlet between the lake and the ocean. A culvert gate will allow management of water flows and stormwater storage during severe times, and at all other times remain open as a passageway that will benefit spawning fish such as herring and eel. Deputy Commissioner David Glass joined state, federal and local officials to mark completion of the work. More ecological enhancements will take place in the spring. Read more.