Earth Day on Evan's Pond and Cooper River
Our business manager Andrea feels fortunate to have a daily view of Evan's Pond. She posts these thoughts on this special place and its wider ecosystem as Earth Day turns 50.
Evan's Pond is a beautiful natural resource along Haddonfield's border with Cherry Hill. It was created in the late 17th Century when an earthen dam was built on a portion of Cooper River (then Cooper's Creek). During the 18th and late 19th centuries, grist mills and lumber mills existed along its banks. According to Images of America Haddonfield written by Katherine Tassini and Douglas Rauschenberger (page 104 ), the pond was much larger than it is today due to a higher dam making boating very popular. Today it is part of the Camden County Parks System, and folks can enjoy kayaking, canoeing and hiking the trails at Croft Farm in Cherry Hill when the parks reopen.
The Cooper River is part of the Delaware River watershed. For more information about the watershed, checkout this link. The Delaware was recently named River of the Year for 2020 by American Rivers, an environmental advocacy group. Learn more about the Delaware, its history and future, in this American Rivers profile.