The Chemours Company
Deepwater, New Jersey, United States
Certified Gold through 2022
American Bald Eagle
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Deer Population Management
Employee Engagement and Education
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
The Chambers Works manufacturing plant was first established in 1892. DuPont sold the 500-acre site to Chemours in 2015. The site is located in Deepwater, New Jersey, along the Delaware River and at the beginning of the New Jersey Turnpike. The addition of grasslands, wetlands and landscaped gardens has transformed this site into a habitat for a variety of avian and mammal species. In creating this habitat, the team worked with an array of local partners such as the Gloucester County Nature Club, NJ Fish and Wildlife and Tri-State Bird Rescue. The employees and partners at the Chamber Works maintain the property in accordance with restrictions in relation to the landfills on the property and the protected species found there.
Practices and Impacts
- The grassland area on the Chemours Chamber Works site is not mowed in order to prevent disturbance to ground nesting animals such as the American kestrel. Staff worked with consultants to select native vegetation to target in the grassland areas.
- The eight-years-old, 10-acre Pederson Landscape Project provides native avian nesting habitat while discouraging nonnative birds and provides plants that attract pollinators. Accomplishments include replacement of nonnative plants with native ones, bird box maintenance and construction of a bug hotel. The site is mulched, weeded and watered. Photographs are taken of pollinators and wildlife use.
- Avian species at the site are of special interest to Chemours employees and members of the Gloucester County Nature Club. Avian species are monitored and recorded during the annual Christmas Bird Count, with over 150 species having been identified on-site.
- Avian species of particular interest to the Chambers Works team are the osprey and bald eagle, both native to the area. Bald eagles have been nesting on the site since 2009 and one employee monitors the species regularly. The Chemours Company provides monitoring data to the NJ Eagle Project.
- Osprey pairs on-site have been increasing in numbers, with employees monitoring the nesting pairs during breeding season. Hazardous conditions such as electric wiring will be addressed going forward. Both bald eagles and ospreys are managed with aid from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, NJ Fish and Wildlife, ENSP and Tri-State Bird Rescue.
- White-tailed deer can be found in large numbers on the site. After the USDA and NJ Fish and Wildlife conducted a survey, it was determined that the species had exceeded carrying capacity. White tailed deer are now culled as needed by partners to maintain a healthy population level.
- The Employee Engagement and Education Project began in 2017 to implement STEM and environmental education for employees and their families. This project engages employees with bird walks, wildlife photography opportunities and the chance to participate in the Helm's Cove clean-up along the river. In 2019, the site hosted 18 educators from Salem County to discuss the potential opportunities for STEM curriculum development and environmental education opportunities at the facility.
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