Armstrong Pond encompasses approximately seven acres at Spring Brook Country Club. It is prominently located between several golf holes and forms the centerpiece of a terrific vista from the clubhouse. The pond is also used to collect and store irrigation water. Armstrong Pond is recharged from springs and surface runoff, so the water level is dependent on rainfall. During dry years, the pond did not have enough water holding capacity to supply water for the course without a significant drop in water level, causing a decline in both aesthetics and water quality. Low water levels also caused water temperatures to increase, leading to an explosion in aquatic weed growth. Given its prominent location, Armstrong Pond could be a focal point or an eyesore depending on the weather.
The solution was dredging the pond and restoring its original depth, taking care to achieve this in an environmentally responsible manner. During periods of abundant rainfall, the pond overflows into a stream that ultimately flows into the Great Swamp, an environmentally sensitive wetland area in Central New Jersey. Safeguarding the swamp added another layer of complexity to the project and required extra caution in the planning and execution of the dredging project.