In Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, two environmental scientists, Corinne Koiro and Mark Muraczewski, work to identify wetlands. Koiro and Muraczewski are employees of a New Jersey engineering firm, Pennoni Associates, that often does consultation for environmental projects. Through their work, the delicate ecosystems of the New Jersey wetlands are being protected. In order to classify the area as wetlands, Koiro and Muraczewski must identify several components. For example, they must determine the soil’s classification, and they must identify the type of vegetation present. Once classified as wetlands, an area is protected from any future development plans. Clearly, the work done by Koiro and Muraczewski is essential to protecting the New Jersey environment. In Pittsgrove, New Jersey, the location of an environmental protection project, the sun is setting on a field of Phragmites, a common form of vegetation in the Jersey wetlands.
Corinne Koiro of Voorhees Township, New Jersey, measures out the location for soil borings at the site of an environmental protection project in Pittsgrove, New Jersey.
In Pittsgrove, New Jersey, Mark Muraczewski, an employee of Pennoni Associates, digs up soil in order determine whether the area can be considered wetlands.
To prepare it for sampling, Muraczewski, a Tom’s River native, removes the soil from his soil auger.
Corinne Koiro of Voorhees Township and Mark Muraczewski of Tom’s River use a Munsell Color Book to identify the type of soil at their location in Pittsgrove, New Jersey.