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New Aerator Installed for a Healthier Mohawk Pond

Written by The Two River Times. Posted in Front Page, News

Red Bank Borough council members Edward Zipprich and Juanita Lewis, front, and Terrence Walton, back left, of the borough Department of Public Utilities and utilities Director Gary Watson show the new geyser aerator installed at Mohawk Pond at Count Basie Park on Mohawk Lane.
Photo by John Burton

Published on July 11, 2014 with No Comments

Red Bank Borough council members Edward Zipprich and Juanita Lewis, front, and Terrence Walton, back left, of the borough Department of Public Utilities and utilities Director Gary Watson show the new geyser aerator installed at Mohawk Pond at Count Basie Park on Mohawk Lane. Photo by John Burton

Red Bank Borough council members Edward Zipprich and Juanita Lewis, front, and Terrence Walton, back left, of the borough Department of Public Utilities and utilities Director Gary Watson show the new geyser aerator installed at Mohawk Pond at Count Basie Park on Mohawk Lane.
Photo by John Burton

By John Burton

RED BANK – A new geyser aerator has been installed at Mohawk Pond at Count Basie Parkon Mohawk Lane.

More than a decorative fountain, the geyser provides additional oxygen to the freshwater pond, creating a healthy environment for the pond’s fish, according to Gary Watson, the director of the borough Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

A former aging geyser hadn’t been operational for about four years and efforts to get it working were not effective, Watson said.

Officials weren’t able to expend the $7,000 needed to replace it because of budgetary constraints, Councilman Edward Zipprich said.

Funding for the replacement came from a Monmouth County Improvement Authority capital improvement program.

The DPU has installed lighting for the pond, which shines from dusk to 11 p.m., to complement the geyers, Watson said.

The state Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks the pond with trout and the location is popular with local fishermen and others who use the tables and benches in the area, Watson said.

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