“THE HATCHERY GETS A “NEW DEAL”
Oddly, the Great Depression brought a new wave of improvements at Hackettstown. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal created the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), a public work-relief program related to the conservation and development of natural resources on lands owned by federal, state and local governments. In October of 1933, CCC Camp #62 was established in Hackettstown. The camps were comprised of young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who enrolled for six-month time segments for a maximum of two years. The men were paid $30 a month and provided room, board and medical care. Over its seven year existence, CCC Camp # 62 built 76 trout and bass ponds, 15 concrete dams and over 50 concrete water control structures (flumes). They also constructed over 7 miles of dirt and gravel road, laid 3 miles of iron pipe and dug more than 3 miles of drainage ditches. This was in addition to clearing 40 acres of brush, laying 2,000 square yards of rip rap wall, seeding 2 miles of pond banks plus cleaning and re-grading 50 existing ponds.” (www.njfishandwildlife.com)
Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on April 1, 2014.
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