|8:00||Registration and Continental Breakfast||University HallConf.Center Ballrooms|
|8:30||Plenary Session||The Next 100 Years of Conservation and Recreation in Your National Parks||University HallConf.Center Ballrooms|
|Mr. Mike Caldwell||Northeast Regional Director, National Park Service|
|Mr. Carter Strickland||Northeast Water Director, HDR and former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection|
|10:00||Workshop C||Using GIS in Watershed Studies||CELS
|Instructor: Dr. Josh Galster|
|Session F||Nutrient and Pathogen Impacted Waters, New Tools and New Models||Session
Chair: Kevin Olsen
|10:00||Harbor Water Quality, Citizen Science and Public Notification|
|10:20||Dealing with Blue-Green Algae and Cyanotoxins in the Passaic River Basin|
|10:40||Microbial Source Tracking for the Musconetcong River Watershed, New Jersey|
|D. Hsu, A. Yussof, L. Lee, M. Wu|
|11:00||Multivariate Polynomial Regression Modeling of Boundary E coli Concentrations using Boundary Flows and Baseflow Indices|
|P. Gurumurthy, S. Jagupilla|
|11:20||Assessing Lake Clarity Using Landsat 8 OLI|
|11:40||Assessment of Phosphorus Storage in Lake Hopatcong Sediment|
|A. Rossi, K. Olsen, M. Wu|
|Session G||Passaic River Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment||Session Chair:
|University HallConf. Center Ballrooms|
|10:00||Multiple-Point Water-Quality Monitoring of the Passaic River below Pompton River, at Two Bridges|
|L. Carper, H. Heckathorn, L. Feinson|
|10:20||NJDEP - Compliance and Enforcement - Waterways Enforcement Team|
|10:40||Characterization of Spatial and Temporal Variations in Nutrient Concentrations in Passaic River Basin, New Jersey|
|J. Du, H. Feng, J. Nie, Y. Li, B. Witherell|
|11:00||An Overview of the Local Economic Impacts of Rowing on the Passaic River|
|11:20||Costs of Green Stormwater Infrastructure through Three Case Studies in Philadelphia|
|12:00||Lunch||University HallConf.Center Ballrooms|
||Great Falls of Paterson – America’s Oldest Industrial City and Newest National Park|
Direct any inquires or questions to Dr. Meiyin Wu, Director of the Passaic River Institute and chair of the Symposium at email@example.com or 973-655-5423.
Colonel David Caldwell assumed command of the New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers on June 8, 2015. Before assuming command of the New York District, Colonel Caldwell attended the Army War College. Previous assignment include serving as the Engineer Office Branch Chief at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District, Future Operations Chief for the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group; Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Cavalry Division Special Troops Battalion including a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq; Battle Command Training Program Observer/Trainer; Observer/Controller at the National Training Center; Commander, B Company, 16th Engineer Battalion including a deployment to Kosovo; V Corps Topographic and Construction Officer; Assistant Brigade Engineer for the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; and Adjutant, Company Executive Officer, Line Platoon Leader, and Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader in the 1st Engineer Battalion.
He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1992 upon graduating from Wheaton College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Management (with a Project Management emphasis) from Thomas Edison State College.
Colonel Caldwell is a graduate of the Engineer Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses; the Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy Officer Course; the Combined Arms Services Staff School; and the Command and General Staff College. He is also Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault qualified.
Colonel Caldwell’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; three Army Achievement Medals; National Defense Service Ribbon (on Bronze Star); Kosovo Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; two Overseas Service Ribbons; and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Service Medal (Kosovo).
Mike Caldwell, a 23-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), was named Northeast Regional Director in February 2014. From 2011 until 2014, Caldwell served as the Northeast Region’s Deputy Regional Director Chief of Staff. As regional director, Caldwell is responsible for more than 90 national parks and heritage areas in 13 northeastern states; from Maine to West Virginia. Regional staff manage programs in natural and cultural resources, administration, construction and facility management.
In this highly urbanized and ethnically diverse area of the country, the NPS offers experiences to more than 52 million people at parks that together comprise over 20% of the entire National Park System. It is home to over a third of all the NPS museum collections, a quarter of all the historic structures and more than 50% of the country’s National Historic Landmarks.
Caldwell is leading the region’s efforts to celebrate the NPS Centennial in 2016, with a concerted focus to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. This is a once-in-a-hundred-year opportunity to reintroduce national parks and programs to the public. In April 2015, the NPS launched the “Find Your Park” campaign. This effort shines a light on the depth and breadth of the parks and public lands in communities nationwide with a focus on the work accomplished every day with our partners in communities across country. The Northeast Region is focusing on engaging the diverse audiences, youth, and community partners in centennial projects and events. By continuing to grow our work in communities and urban areas in this region, we can increase awareness and a lasting legacy of support that will continue beyond 2016.
As regional director, Caldwell has focused in on five key areas of emphasis; advancing the region’s work in key urban areas, strengthening a culture of working as an effective partner, highlighting cultural resource management opportunities to share the history of our nation with effective interpretive programs, facilitating large landscape conservation efforts to ensure broad ecosystems are accessible to the public and conserved for future generations, and finally, promoting career development opportunities so that employees throughout the region represent the best and brightest public stewards in the Service.
Caldwell came to the Northeast Regional Office from Valley Forge National Historical Park, where he served as superintendent for seven years. While at Valley Forge, Caldwell and his team dealt with long-standing issues such as traffic congestion, asbestos contamination, stagnant visitation, overabundance of White Tailed Deer, and deteriorating infrastructure. As a premier classroom on the American Revolution, Valley Forge’s historic landscapes, structures, and archeological resources allow visitors to gain insight into this defining moment in our nation’s history. Caldwell combined federal and donated funds for the $6 million restoration of the cultural landscape around Washington’s Headquarters as well as the rehabilitation of the Valley Forge Train Station into a visitor contact area. Through his determined emphasis on community partnerships and collaboration, annual volunteer hours donated rose from 20,000 to 52,000 during his tenure as superintendent.
Prior to his assignment at Valley Forge, Caldwell worked at Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome (NY) where he served as superintendent from 2001-2004. While there, he was instrumental in leading the efforts to construct the Marinus Willett Center, which opened in June 2005. The $6.4 million facility is the park’s first visitor center and was completed with the financial support of several partners. Caldwell led the park through a general management planning process as well as the successful implementation of a park business plan, and he forged strong relationships with numerous organizations, governmental agencies and school districts across central New York. Prior to his assignment at Fort Stanwix, Caldwell served three years as a Management Assistant at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP) where he played a vital role in the park’s start-up operations.
He previously served as a park ranger at various NPS sites, including Lowell, Monocacy, Greenbelt and Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks. In addition to his experience as a park ranger, he served as an employee development assistant for the National Capital Regional Training Office. During college, Caldwell worked seasonally at Mesa Verde as the assistant manager for ARA Mesa Verde Company’s Morefield Campground.
Caldwell has been asked to serve in an acting capacity many times over his career serving as the Acting Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC; the Acting Deputy Superintendent of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Rhode
Island/Massachusetts; the Acting Superintendent of Women’s Rights National Historical Park; the Acting Associate Regional Director – Park Operations for the Northeast Region; and Special Assistant for the National Borderland Office, Department of the Interior.
A second-generation NPS employee and native of Alexandria, Virginia, Caldwell holds a bachelor's degree in political science and American history from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1991) and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (1996). He is a 2010 graduate of the Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service candidate development program and a 2001 graduate of the Northeast Region’s management development program.
Caldwell has received many honors from the communities he has worked with, including the Rome Historical Society’s Medal of the Order of 1777 in 2002 in recognition of his contribution to the preservation of local history and a 2003 Accent on Excellence Award that honors individuals under the age of 40 who excel in making significant contributions to the Mohawk Valley’s business, cultural, and services climate. In 2006, Caldwell was recognized by the Greater Valley Forge Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Public Service and in 2008 he was recognized as one of the top under-40 leaders in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2010, Caldwell was awarded the Stephen T. Mather award from the National Parks Conservation Association for his preservation and stewardship work at Valley Forge. In 2011, Caldwell received a Superior Service Citation from the Department of the Interior.
Commissioner Bob Martin was named to serve as Commissioner of Environmental Protection in 2010. Commissioner Martin was a policy advisor to Governor Christie during his 2009 campaign and assisted in shaping the Administration’s energy and environmental policies. During the transition period, he worked with then Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Guadagno on the Red Tape Review Commission and chaired the Energy and Utilities Transition Team. Commissioner Martin has worked to transform the DEP into a more efficient and customer service-oriented agency, in order to more effectively protect New Jersey’s air, land, water and natural resources while making a positive contribution to the State’s economy.
An accomplished business and industry leader with recognized expertise in energy and utilities, in 2008 Commissioner Martin retired as a partner with over 25 years of experience at Accenture LLP, of the the world’s largest business and technology consulting firms. He lived in England from 1991 to 1995, and has worked with large utility and energy companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and throughout Europe.
Active in the community, he formerly served as the chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Greater New York and a member of the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation board. He had also served on the Board of Trustees at the Chapin School in Princeton on the Finance Advisory Committee for Hopewell Township.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Commissioner Martin earned a bachelor of arts in Economics and Sociology from Boston College in 1979 and an MBA from The George Washington University in 1982.
Carter H. Strickland, Jr. has developed practical and creative solutions to environmental, natural resource, public health and public access issues from a variety of perspectives, including posts in private law practice, government law practice, academia, non-profits, and municipal government. Carter is a Vice-President at HDR, a top 10 ranked architecture and engineering firm, where his projects include resiliency at Hunts Points, infrastructure development for a three-state consortium in the Western U.S., a greenhouse gas study for NYC, and advising cities, water and wastewater utilities, and other clients on sustainability matters.
Carter has been active in the New York and New Jersey environmental communities for over 20 years, representing groups as a lawyer with the New York Attorney General’s office and Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic in a wide variety of matters, from public trust to hazardous waste to eminent domain cases. As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainability team, and later Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Carter created and implemented integrated approaches to infrastructure, water quality, air quality, climate change, land use, ecological restoration, and energy issues. He was the architect of the $2.4 billion NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and the Clean Heat Plan, oversaw integrated watershed protection efforts, led the agency’s response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and initiated strategic and structural reform initiatives. He served as a board member with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and is currently a board member of the New York Harbor Foundation, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Regional Plan Association.
Walter Mugdan heads a staff of over 200 employees responsible for the Region’s “Superfund” toxic waste cleanup, emergency response and brownfields programs. From 2002 to 2008 Walter served as Director of the Division of Environmental Planning & Protection, where his staff of about 180 scientists, engineers and planners managed the Region’s air, water, hazardous waste and environmental review programs. From 1995 to 2002 Walter served as Regional Counsel, where he headed a staff of 80 attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel. For the prior ten years, Walter served as Deputy Regional Counsel. He joined EPA in 1975 as a staff attorney, and subsequently served in various supervisory positions in the Office of Regional Counsel, including Chief of the units responsible for Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Clean Air Act. In 1998, Walter spent eight months on a temporary detail as Acting Director of Region 2's Division of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, where he managed a staff of 150 engineers, scientists and field inspectors.
Walter has authored numerous publications on environmental law topics, particularly on hazardous waste regulation and remediation. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on these subjects. From 1991 to 1997 he was an Adjunct Professor at Pace University Law School, where he taught a course on Superfund law. Since 1992 Walter has been the Director of EPA’s annual week-long Trial Advocacy Institute. From 2002-2007 Walter served as an officer of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, culminating in a one-year term as Section Chair. He has been a member of the Section’s Executive Committee since 1985 and, for 17 years, served as Co-Chair of that Section's Hazardous Site Remediation Committee.
In his private life, Walter heads a local conservation group in northeastern Queens County, NY; and also heads his local homeowners’ civic association.
He earned his JD (1975) and BA (1972) degrees from the University of Michigan.
Susan A. Cole assumed office in September of 1998 as the eighth president of Montclair State University, which is the second largest university in New Jersey, with 19,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Cole served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993 to 1998 and, prior to that, as Vice President for University Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Associate University Dean for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, and a faculty member at The City University of New York. Dr. Cole serves on the boards of the Liberty Science Center, the Montclair Art Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees and Peapack-Gladstone Bank; as Chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council; and on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Penson Center for Professional Development. She was appointed by Governor Christie as New Jersey’s representative to the Education Commission of the States, and by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission. She served on Governor Christie’s Executive Transition Team and chaired its Education Subcommittee. She also served on the Property Tax Convention Task Force, appointed by Governor McGreevey, as co-chair of Governor McGreevey’s Higher Education Transition Team and on his Education Cabinet, as co-chair of Governor DiFrancesco’s World Class Economy Task Force, and as a member of Governor Whitman’s trade missions to South America and Asia.
Dr. Cole earned three degrees in English and American literature: a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Dr. Cole writes and speaks extensively about current issues in American higher education.
Robert S. Prezant is Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State and a Professor in the Departments of Biology and Molecular Biology. His research, with funding from NSF, NOAA, E.J. Noble Foundation, and public and private agencies, resides in marine and freshwater biodiversity, benthic ecology, and organismal functional morphology, with publications in Science, Marine Biology, Journal of Zoology and many others. He was President of the American Malacological Society and serves or has served on the NJ Sea Grant Board of Directors, NJ Sea Grant Advisory Committee, Passaic River Basin Flood Advisory Commission, NJ R&D Council, Board of Trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center Mountainside, and the Liberty Science Center Learning & Teaching Committee. He was University Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and there was presented the Outstanding Research Award. He was Editor-in-Chief of the American Malacological Bulletin and Editor of Perspectives in Malacology, and The Second International Corbicula Symposium. Dr. Prezant holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, an MS in Marine Science from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Biology from Adelphi University.
Meiyin Wu, Director of Passaic River Institute and Professor of Biology at Montclair State University, is an ecologist whose research focuses on habitat restoration and ecosystem management. Dr Wu’s research program emphasizes on species invasion, aquatic ecology and management, and ecological restoration. Dr. Wu has/had funding in support of her research from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Sea Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, etc. She also serves as the project director for the Passaic Basin Eco-Explorers Program in Ecology, Environmental Science and Computer Technology for middle school students consisted of visits to natural notable sites and important environmental infrastructure related to the Passaic River. The author of more than 40 articles, books and educational DVDs, she holds three U.S. patents.
Yaritza Acosta was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minor in Environmental Geoscience. Yaritza has a Master of Science degree in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences from Montclair State University. Her thesis work focused on examining aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblages of New Jersey springs and investigating effects of spring discharge magnitude and geology on community assemblages. A current student in the Environmental Management PhD program at MSU, her research focuses on phytoplankton and cyanobacteria detection and monitoring in freshwater systems.
Francisco Artigas was born in Concepcion, Chile. He attended the Universidad de Concepcion where he earned a B.S. in Biology. He was accepted to the Environmental Biology Program at the Ohio State University where his emphasis was in soil chemistry and plant ecology. He earned a M.S. degree in Environmental Biology. He later earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the Ohio State University where he studied geographical information systems, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, soil sciences and computer modeling. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Development Bank and the European Economic Community he developed environmental, agricultural and food security oriented Geographical Information Systems in Tanzania, Brazil, El Salvador and Bolivia. He was a Research Associate Professor at the Rutgers University Center for Information Management Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC) where he coordinated the activities of the Rutgers University NASA Regional Application Center. He is currently the Director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute and graduate faculty of the Earth and Environmental Science Department, Rutgers University-Newark.
Lisa Baron is a Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-NY District, Civil Works Branch. She has 25 years of experience which includes ecosystem restoration initiatives, dredged material management, environmental dredging, remedial investigations and ecological risk assessment. Lisa manages the New York District’s large scale restoration program for the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary- which includes the Lower Passaic River. Lisa has served as the Restoration Work Group Chair of the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program since 2010 coordinating restoration throughout the region with Federal, state, local partners and NGOs. Lisa served as Chief of the Harbor Programs Branch (2011) responsible for the execution of the ecosystem restoration and deepening program for the NY/NJ Harbor. Prior to joining the NY District, Lisa was a Project Manager with NJDOT’s Office of Maritime Resources and the Division of Environmental Resources, private consulting and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy facility). Lisa earned an MS degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Biology/Marine Biology from Bloomsburg University.
Jeffrey Baker was born and raised in Bidgewater, New Jersey. My father is from Wisconsin and my mother from the Philippines. My intellectual pursuit is an interesting story, which unfolds like a hike up a mountain. I began as a curious fellow, always trying to figure stuff out. Along my journey my kindergarten teacher acknowledged that I was creative individual. In fourth grade I began to write poetry, opening the door to abstract thinking. Sometimes in life’s treks you take breaks and see what else is out there. This is what happened when I opened my mind to the earth and environmental sciences in middle school, because it seemed like a vast field full of possibilities. However, in high school, I continued my creative path. I was reading Henry David Thoreau and Hermann Hesse. My mind expanded and began to tinker with different thought logics. When I graduated high school, I was relieved that part of my journey in life was over, but I realized there was still quite a ways to go. I remembered my interest for earth and environmental sciences, so in college I decided to study geography with a concentration in environmental studies. Eventually along the way I picked up German as a second major and geographic information science as a minor. My intellectual pursuit has been quite the adventure and I hope I keep going to whatever the summit my studies and experiences lead me.
Gary A. Buchanan is the Director of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health where he oversees multidisciplinary research and science-based technical support for the Department’s programs. He is also responsible for the coordination and administration of the NJDEP Science Advisory Board, which provides the Commissioner of NJDEP with independent peer review and advice on scientific and technical issues relevant to the NJDEP's mission. He has conducted numerous field, laboratory and research projects involving aquatic and marine ecology, natural resources, water quality, ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and hazardous waste site investigations. He has extensive management experience including leading technical groups that have conducted numerous environmental, ecological and ecotoxicological investigations at sites across the United States. He has degrees in biology and environmental science with more than 34 years of diverse environmental experience including the past 7 years directing the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health.
Rob Buchanan is long-time harbor boater, educator and advocate. He teaches in the Marine Technology program at the New York Harbor School on Governors Island and has helped found three nonprofits: the Village Community Boathouse, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, and the New York City Water Trail Association. He is the coordinator of the Citizens Water Quality Testing Program, a citizen-science initiative that tests for bacteria at about 50 sites around the harbor and publishes results weekly during the recreational boating season.
Lisa Carper is a Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey New Jersey Water Science Center (NJWSC). She has worked with the USGS since 2008 in the Hydrologic Data Assessment Program (HDAP) collecting long-term high-quality discrete and continuous data. Working extensively with water-quality sensors, she maintains and operates the continuous water-quality monitoring station at Two Bridges, NJ (USGS 01389005), a continuous monitor logging real-time nitrate, DOC and chlorophyll-a data in addition to basic field parameters at three separate locations across the Passaic River. Lisa is working toward the expansion of the station’s monitoring capabilities to achieve Super Station status, where new state-of-the-art sensor technologies can be field tested to help uncover and explain the water-quality dynamics of the Passaic River. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management with a minor in Watersheds and Water Resources from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in Terrestrial Ecology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain.
Judith Drexler is a wetland ecologist, who has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources. She has worked at the US Geological Survey in Sacramento, CA since 2000. Her research program is focused on the impacts of global change on coastal and terrestrial wetland sustainability.
Randall FitzGerald is the Associate Director at Montclair State University's New Jersey School of Conservation. He studies the evolutionary processes that shape the behavior of organisms. He has authored numerous articles relating to animal behavior (including humans), behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. His current research interests’ center around conservation efforts related to maintaining and preserving mammalian diversity in New Jersey. Randy is currently collaborating with several NJDEP biologists on several conservation projects involving bobcats, woodrats and wood turtles. He is also currently collaborating with Dr. William Thomas (Director of NJSOC) on conservation issues in the New Guinea Highlands. Together with Dr. Thomas, he recently published two books on the birds of the New Guinea Highlands.
Dr. FitzGerald earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York, College at Purchase, and his Ph.D. in Biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Prior to coming to the School of Conservation, he served as a National Science Foundation Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh investigating sex differences in the evolution of cognitive processing. Dr. FitzGerald's current role as Associate Director at the School of Conservation involves overseeing all the educational and research programs at the field center, and heading up the AmeriCorps program at the field station. He is also the field center's webmaster. Dr. FitzGerald relaxes by creating artwork - mostly photographs and paintings of natural and rural landscapes. His artwork is represented at The Artery fine art gallery in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Josh Galster is an associate professor in the Earth and Environmental Studies Dept., has been at Montclair State for 9 years. He teaches classes and conducts research on a variety of interdisciplinary issues related to surface water, including flooding, erosion, land use change, and ecohydrology.
Edward Garvey is an environmental geochemist and a licensed professional geologist (PA), with more than 35 years of experience in geochemical investigative techniques, environmental forensics, and Superfund megasite investigations. He is a technical vice president with the Louis Berger, Inc. in Morristown, NJ, providing technical direction for the contaminated sediments and hazardous waste efforts of the firm nationwide. Among his accomplishments are the technical direction of the USEPA’s investigation and remedial decision for the Hudson River PCB superfund site (PCBs), the USEPA investigations of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay (NJ) Superfund sites (dioxins, PCBs, PAHs and heavy metals), the Onondaga Lake Superfund site for the NYSDEC (mercury and PCBs) as well as the successful investigations of numerous smaller sites throughout the US. He has coauthored over seventy-five presentations and journal articles on contaminant fate and transport. Dr. Garvey serves on the Environmental Engineering Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He is also an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Manhattan College in the City of New York.
Praneeth Gurumurthy is an Ocean Engineering Masters student at Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ. His graduate studies are supported by a teaching assistantship. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur in Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture. He was ranked 1900 among over 400000 applicants to be offered admission into the IIT. His interests lie in physical oceanography and coastal engineering. He is currently working on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of rivers and oceans.
Anne G. Hayton is a Technical Coordinator in the Department’s Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment. Since joining the Department over 30 years ago, Ms. Hayton has been involved with the identification, investigation and evaluation of contaminated sites for the purpose of implementing appropriate remedial actions. She began her career involved in all aspects associated with the listing of contaminated sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) under the Federal Superfund Program, including the subsequent remedial investigation and feasibility studies for these and other contaminated sites throughout New Jersey. This led to co-management of the New Jersey Phase II Dioxin Investigation in the mid-1980’s in collaboration with the Department’s Division of Science and Research, and subsequently became a technical advisor on a wide variety of dioxin-related topics within the Department’s Site Remediation Program. In addition to being the Department’s technical team leader for several large CERCLA waterway projects in New Jersey, Ms. Hayton is a member of the Department’s Remediation Soil Standards Committee.
Ms. Hayton earned a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree from Cook College, Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Department, she gained experience working for OSHA and the Ocean County Health Department on environmental health related issues.
Josh Heltzer is a litigation support and sustainability specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the federal, private sector, civic, and international arenas. He has performed hundreds of company evaluations and site assessments related to transactional due diligence; supervised environmental and social aspects of investment portfolios; and has worked on comprehensive town planning. Mr. Heltzer regularly conducts research, uses litigation support databases, and develops expert reports. He has worked on many cases involving the use of chlorinated solvents during the World War II era. All of the cases involve review, culling, and synthesis of information gained from hundreds, if not thousands, of open source publications and case-specific documents. Mr. Heltzer’s activities have included development of case strategy; performance of technical and historical research; data analysis; development of demonstratives; and the drafting of expert reports and rebuttals. His experience also includes pollution prevention consulting for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; environmental consulting for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of NEPA Policy, Office of Environmental Restoration, and Office of Environment, Safety and Health; sustainability management for the International Finance Corporation; and consulting for the World Resources Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme and investment funds. He is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
R. Edward Hickman has been a hydrologist with the USGS since 1977. During this time, I have been involved with several studies of water quality and streamflow, including the USGS National Water Quality Assessment of the water quality in the Delaware River Basin, and two studies identifying trends in the water quality of streams in New Jersey. I retired in April of this year (2016) and have temporarily returned to finish up two projects, including a third study of trends in the water quality of New Jersey streams.
Matthew Holthaus is a professional engineer in civil and environmental engineering, graduating from the University of Louisville in 2012 with a Masters of Civil Engineering in water resources. Mr. Holthaus has one year of experience in engineering research and four years of experience in engineering consulting, with an emphasis on water resources engineering, fluvial geomorphology and ecological restoration. His expertise includes developing feasibility studies for restoration sites; assisting in field efforts to support technical studies; performing technical analyses to support ecological restoration and water resource engineering projects, including but not limited to: fresh water budget development, 1D/2D hydraulic & hydrodynamic Modeling, sea level rise projections, and tidal datum analyses; developing engineering plans and specifications; developing state and federal permit applications; providing construction supervision; and conducting post-construction monitoring for restoration projects.
Tsung-Ta David Hsu received extensive training in both life and environmental sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the Ohio State University in 2015. His doctoral research emphasized on microbial water quality examinations to investigate both ecosystem service and potential concerns in urban wetlands from a public health perspective. Before moving to New Jersey, he interned at Orange County Environmental Resources to conduct bacterial water quality monitoring and statistical modeling for regional watershed programs in Southern California. His current research at Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University focused on bacterial water quality assessments of New Jersey waterways and microbial source tracking to identify potential sources of fecal contamination. He received his B.S. in biochemistry and M.S. in industrial microbiology from National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
Brian Intindola is a self-directed professional engineer with direct experience designing and bidding public projects and private projects. Excellent at managing projects independently and in a team setting from inception through completion in a deadline-driven environment. Projects and tasks are handled simultaneously with great attention to detail. Pre-professional experience includes working in all facets of the building trades with a local design-build firm as construction superintendent. While with the design-build firm, attended evening classes at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Professional experience follows a continuous and steady progression from engineer in training to starting a traffic/transportation division for a major North Jersey engineering firm. Projects and supporting studies run the gamut from an evening testifying before a planning board to multi-parcel acquisitions for major intersection realignments and complete reconstructions. Design projects have been completed from inception; grant support, bonding, design, bid and construction close-out.
Scott Jackson is Extension Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he teaches courses on wetlands and wildlife conservation and management. His research interests include: amphibian and reptile ecology and conservation, wetland assessment and monitoring, impacts of roads and highways on wildlife and ecosystems, and landscape-based ecological assessment. Scott is a principal (along with Kevin McGarigal and Brad Compton) in the development of the Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) and the Critical Linkages project. He serves as project leader for the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC).
Chanil Jung is a Postdoctoral Associate at Montclair State University. He received a B.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from The Hanyang University (S. Korea) and the M.S. and Ph.D. in the same department from the Carnegie Mellon University and University of South Carolina, respectively. He has been active in the area of Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Remediation, and Environmental Nanotechnology for over 10 years. His current research involves study of the mitigation of landfill leachate-induced UV transmittance with advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), and the development of Ferrate(VI) self-decay and decomposition with natural organic matters (NOMs).
Lisa Jordan is Director of the Environmental Studies & Sustainability (ESS) Program and Director of the Spatial Data Center at Drew University. She is also Assistant Professor of Biology & ESS. Her teaching and research interests focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in environmental justice, public health, and population geography. In particular, her current work centers on the use of the USAID web-GIS application, Population Explorer, to improve accessibility of both geographic and demographic information for food security analysis. She led the EPA-Drew University partnership (2013-2015) to promote spatial analytical research of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and currently teaches a course in Medical Geography to support the Civic Engagement curriculum on campus.
Paul Lerin has been a leader since the new trend of environmental practices for the local community and abroad. He has 25 years of experience and data research of the NY Harbor and more than 15 years of management experience and marketing strategies. In 2006, he was the first to administer biodiesel heating fuel to the Statue of Liberty. He is the founder and president of Bionautics since 96’ which has gained extensive experience across many areas of our world ports. He has established himself on the fundamental building blocks of concrete service and innovative thinking. This year alone he has administered over 400,000 gallons of 5 percent biofuel for transportation companies in Port Newark and the Ironbound. Other fuel logistics include large ship bunkering, NY Water Taxi, Great Lakes Dredge & Docks, Pier 64-81,82,94, World Yacht, Circle Line.
Choosing to practice in the more environmentally complex area of the harbor, Lerin has worked continuously for the wellness and best use of the Passaic. 2013, he worked for the Natural Resources Protection Center, NJIT,collecting anesthetized fish to study the specimens tissue from the Passaic River. An organizer of the 2010 first annual Passaic River Maritime Festival in the City of Newark. In 2009, worked to receive USCG approval to reopen a shipping cargo terminal for the purpose of renewable fuels production in Newark. Lerin is also a field tested saltmarsh specialist that has planted over 500,000 plugs of varies marsh species and 2600 trees throughout the Tri-State Area or the Marsh Resource Institute on the Hackensack River. In 1998 he was employed by the Natural Resource Group, New York City Parks Department to investigate saltmarsh restoration techniques.
Mengyan Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, specializing in environmental microbiology and biotechnology. Prior to joining NJIT, he obtained his MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Li develops water remediation techniques that deploy microorganisms to biodegrade organic pollutants of emerging global concern. He also researches interdisciplinary methods for improving urban water treatment technologies, including the use of nanotechnology to disinfect supplies contaminated with pathogens. To assess the microbial activity in remediation and treatment processes, he has developed genetic forensic tools, such as a novel biomarker test to evaluate the biodegradation of 1,4-dioxane, a groundwater contaminant. That work won him the Honor Award in the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science competition held by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. His ultimate research goal is to advance our knowledge on applied microbiology and molecular biotechnology and develop innovative techniques to mitigate and address environmental issues related to water and energy development. Beyond research, he has extensive experience and passion on educating undergraduate and graduate students and teaching courses on topics of environmental biology, microbiology, and remediation.
Fred Lubnow is the Director of the Aquatic Programs at Princeton Hydro located in Ringoes New Jersey and is the office manager for the company’s Exton, Pennsylvania office. Dr. Lubnow received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Susquehanna University (1988), Selinsgrove, PA, his Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (1992) from the University of California Davis, CA and his Ph.D. in Limnology (1994) from the University of California Davis. Dr. Lubnow has been an environmental consultant for over 20 years and has worked on a variety of lakes and ponds throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. His areas of expertise include the study and management of aquatic ecosystems, the identification and control of nuisance algae and aquatic plants, the design and implementation of in-lake and watershed management strategies to reduce pollution entering lakes and ponds, and the analysis of long-term ecological databases. Dr. Lubnow is a past Region III Director of the North American Lake Management Society and a past Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society. Dr. Lubnow is also an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley University, located in Doylestown, PA where he teaches a class and lab on Watershed Management.
Martha Mahady began her education in the field of Biology as a student at Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ, where she received an AS in Biology and an AS in Environmental Studies. She then transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, graduating in 2012 with a BS in Biology. In January 2016, she received a MS in Biology - Ecology and Evolution at Montclair State University and is currently in the Environmental Management PhD program at Montclair State University. In 2012, Martha completed the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Environmental Stewards Program, she has worked on projects mapping and removing invasive weed species in Sussex County, as well as producing educational programs on this subject. Martha has been a Certified Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardener since 2004, working with other Master Gardeners to present educational presentations on gardening and sustaining the environment to various groups in Sussex County. She was certified a Master Gardener Educator in 2014.
Paul Mankiewics initiated rooftop agriculture and green infrastructure in 1982, and restoring tidal wetlands around the Pelham Bay Landfill in 1989. Dr. Mankiewicz holds patents on a biogeochemical reactor wetland treatment system that breaks down dioxins and PCBs, an ultra-lightweight plant growth media for green roofs, and a modular, in-vessel composting system, among others. Past president of the Torrey Botanical Society, cofounder of the Urban Soils Institute, chair of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, former chair of the Bronx Solid Waste Advisory Board, he constructed in 2002 the first stormwater capture community garden, El Jardin del Paraiso, on E 4th St. the East Village, with a biogeochemical cap over lead contaminated soil. St. Simon Stock grammar school in 2005 was the first Bronx green roof in the Bronx; the first zero discharge industrial-scale stormwater capture meadow was built at Sims Recycling on the Bronx River in 2008, where a fringing ecological buffer infiltrated all runoff from this six acre site from hurricane’s Irene and Sandy. In 2009, the first greywater treatment green roof was built on the Linda Tool Corporation in Brooklyn; the first twelve of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 enhanced tree pits for storm water capture in 2010. This past year, the first green roof over blue roof installed on the 22,000 sq.ft. Falk Recreation Facility at Einstein Medical College in the Bronx, -native saltmarsh vegetation, irrigated with repurposed back-wash from the swimming pool filter.
Cynthia Mellon served as Environmental Justice Organizer for the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) in the East Ward of Newark—a neighborhood with a history of environmental pollution going back over a century. In 2014, she convened and coordinated the People’s Climate Justice Summit and Tribunal at the United Nations Church Center, in collaboration with the Climate Justice Alliance, a national network that links communities affected by pollution and energy extraction. Cynthia is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a 2010 Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellow of the C. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University. She serves on the Community Advisory Group for the Passaic River Clean-Up. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology of Law from the Instituto Internacional de Sociolgía Jurídica in Spain, and recently earned a certificate in Urban Agriculture from Farm School NYC. Cynthia is Co-Chair of the City of Newark Environmental Commission. She is currently coordinating the production of Newark’s first Environmental Resource Inventory.
Jing Nie is a PHD student in Environmental Management in Montclair State University. Jing got her bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering in China and master degree in Environmental Engineering in University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After graduation, she worked in China for one year as a business consultant in Environmental company. Now, she is a student in Earth and Environmental studies. Her study field is nutrients distribution in Newark Bay, hydrodynamic model and system dynamic model.
Christopher C. Obropta is the Director of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, an Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Obropta was an environmental consultant for 12 years at Omni Environmental Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey. With his extensive and impressive background, Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to identify and address community water resources issues using sustainable and practical science-based solutions throughout New Jersey. Over the last several years, he and his staff have been working with communities to implement green infrastructure practices throughout the urban centers of New Jersey. These practices have been designed to be climate resilient and to help communities reduce their flooding risk.
Felix Oteng is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Environmental Management Program, MSU. His research interests center around climate and hydrological modeling. Coming from a geology background during his bachelors in Ghana, West Africa, he surveyed a mass of literature in the field of hydrogeology for an honor’s thesis entitled “Analysis of the spatial trend of groundwater hydrochemistry within the White Volta Basin of Ghana. He sought to not only restrict himself to subsurface hydrology but further look into the aspect of surface water and how they interact with groundwater. During his Masters degree at MSU, he developed a fully coupled surface-subsurface hydrologic model for a watershed in Northern Ghana, based on discharge data. His results helped to advance the predictive understanding of water availability, dynamics, and the impacts of climate change/variability on water resource in the region. He had the opportunity to present his results at the 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco, CA. As a doctoral research assistant, he is seeking to contribute to addressing water management issues in the 21st century. His central research question is, how can we assess the impacts of and the vulnerability to future climate change in water resources and what is the potential to adaptation in sustainable water resources management? Felix is currently looking at the impacts of Mid-21st century climate change on water resource availability for the Passaic River Basin.
Hormoz Pazwash received his B.S., C.E. with the highest honor among the graduating class of 1963 from Tehran University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Champaign in 1966 and 1970, respectively. He is a project manager and director of hydrology/hydraulics at Boswell Engineering in South Hackensack and has been an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology where he taught a number of senior and graduate level courses in the fields of water resources and stormwater management. Dr. Pazwash was formerly an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Akron, and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at Tehran University. Dr. Pazwash’s experience encompasses various aspects of hydraulic engineering, water supply, hyrdrology and stormwater management. Project involvement has included evaluation of regional water resources; design of pipelines, channels, and culverts; hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of rivers and streams; flood control projects; reservoir and dam safety studies; design of urban and highway drainage and stormwater management systems. Dr. Pazwash has been the recipient of various academic awards, including a Fellowship-University of Tehran and a Fullbright Scholar – University of California at Berkeley in 1977-1978. He Holds P.E. licenses in New Jersey and New York. He is a life member and Fellow of ASCE and a Diplomat of the AAWRE (D.WRE) and the author of over fifty technical papers and give (5) books, including “Urban Storm Water Management, 2nd Ed., published by CRC Press in 2016.
Rodman Ritchie is a senior technical director with the firm, has over 20 years of experience in the consulting and development industries. Since 2008, Mr. Ritchie’s work has focused strongly on the design of green infrastructure, stormwater retrofits, and stream restoration projects in urban environments. His experience also includes site civil engineering design services through the preparation of approval and construction documents for projects throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Alessandra Rossi was born and grew up in Italy where I received my Bachelor/Master Degree in Biology. I always focused more my attention and work on the environment. After working for several years (mostly as an environmental consultant) I decided to go back to books, and I did a master in Ecology at San Diego State University. My Thesis focused on vertical and horizontal carbon movements in a semi-arid chaparral ecosystem using the Eddy covariance technique. During this Master, my interest in turning my attention into quality of aquatic ecosystems grew quickly.
Together with my husband and my son, I then moved to Montclair where I started my Ph.D. in Environmental Management at Montclair State University with Dr. Meiyin Wu (Director of the Passaic River Institute – PRI). I am currently a Ph.D. candidate and my research interests are based on quality of freshwater ecosystems. In particular my main focus is turned into nutrients concentrations (Phosphorus, in particular) in both sediment and water and into pathogen indicators (Total Coliforms and Escherichia coli). I enjoy working in the field but I spend also a good amount of time of my research in the laboratory where I also work for other projects for the PRI, often in team with the other people of the PRI.
Hanieh Soleimanifar is a fourth year PhD. student in environmental management. My research interests include but not limited to water and wastewater treatment, stormwater management and Mine water remediation. I have a BS. and MS. in mining engineering. For my master thesis I worked on bioremediation of Acid Mine Drainage from a copper mine. My PhD. research though, focuses on the treatment of urban runoff. I apply low cost adsorbent materials to remove heavy metals and nutrients from polluted stormwater. I have fashioned a filter media using mulch and water treatment residuals to use in bioretention basins and am studying the long term performance of this filter media as part of my PhD. research.
Robert W. Taylor is a Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Montclair State University and Coordinator of the M.S. Degree in Sustainability Science and its Professional Science Master’s Program. His research interests are in the fields of urban sustainability, environmental communications, and organizational environmental management.
John J. Veteri, Jr. is a resident of Little Falls, New Jersey with a family history in the town that dates back to the 1920s. His great-grandparents operated a store on Main Street. Veteri has been involved in many community efforts from serving on the Main Street USA Committee in the 1990s, leading the fundraising effort to purchase a Town Clock and serving as Chair of the Little Falls 300th anniversary celebration in 2011. Since 2011, Veteri has been actively involved in the creation of a riverfront park along Woodcliffe Avenue in the Singac section of the Township. Annually, along with the Township Historian, Veteri gives a tour of the Morris Canal and a talk about the History of Little Falls to the Fifth Grade Class.
Mr. Veteri is a corporate, real estate and land use attorney in private practice with offices in Hackensack and Little Falls, New Jersey. He has represented many clients in redevelopment efforts throughout North Jersey. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar and the New York Bar. Having graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mr. Veteri was previously employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Mr. Veteri holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Little Falls Historical Society and is a member of the Little Falls Historic Preservation Commission. Veteri is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Passaic River Coalition, serving as Vice Chairman for three years and Chairman of the Land Trust for six years. He is currently the Treasurer and Trustee of the Little Falls Education Foundation. He is a former Trustee of the Passaic County Historical Society and a former member of the John Deehan Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall University.
Maria Watt is a Principal, Client Service Leader and Program Manager at CDM Smith. She has over 30 years of environmental restoration and resiliency experience. Maria is the Principal-in-Charge and/or Program Manager for numerous environmental restoration and resiliency contracts. She is currently the Principal-in-Charge of the New York City Green Infrastructure Project Tracking and Asset Management System (PTAMS) GreenHUB project as well as the Newark Green Infrastructure Pilot Project. Maria is also the Principal-in-Charge for the Rebuild By Design Hudson and New Meadowlands Resiliency contracts. She has also served as Principal-in-Charge and Program Manager for several coastal restoration and Sandy resiliency projects involving wetland restoration, green infrastructure and major flood control projects.
Maria has extensive experience in managing multi-tasked, multi-disciplined programs. Her background contains a unique blend of chemical engineering combined with groundwater and surface water hydrology providing exceptional skills for coastal restoration and resiliency projects. Ms. Watt earned her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey.
Brian Zarate is a Senior Zoologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP). He coordinates the state's reptile and amphibian conservation work and leads a statewide wildlife initiative called Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ). After receiving his BS in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in 2001, Brian worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska and then returned to NJ to begin seasonal work for the Division. Until 2007 Brian worked under contract for the state through the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ not-for-profit agency and then was hired by ENSP later that year.
John Zuzeck has worked for NJDEP's Northern Bureau of Water Compliance and Enforcement for over 25 years. Has worked for 4 years as a Law Enforcement Officer for NJDEP's Division of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Law Enforcement, enforcing State Fish & Wildlife laws. Graduated in 1991 from Montclair State University - Department of Environmental, Urban & Geographic Studies. Has been involved in hundreds of enforcement actions regarding violations of State environmental laws, including conducting inspections, investigations and participating in criminal search warrants. Is currently assigned as NJDEP Vessel Captain for New York Harbor. Has 16 years of experience operating vessels in New York Harbor.