Leading experts from the around the nation and New Jersey—educators, scientists, government officials, community leaders, and industry representatives—gathered at the Montclair State University Conference Center on October 19 to discuss all aspects of the environmental challenges facing the Passaic River Basin at the fifth Passaic River Symposium.
Organized by the Montclair State University’s Passaic River Institute, the biennial symposium is the area’s most important forum for discussing the current state, present challenges, and future outlook for the ongoing remediation and restoration of the Passaic River.
With the theme, “Today’s Status, Tomorrow’s Perspective,” this year’s conference focused on sediment remediation as part of the Lower Passaic Interim Remedial Measure, the release of the Focused Feasibility Study, ecosystem restoration, environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts. Projects in the upper river and tributary watersheds also played a prominent role in this conference.
Featured speakers and panelists included Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.; George Pavlou, deputy regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2; Bob Martin, commissioner of environmental protection for New Jersey; and Colonel Paul E. Owen, commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The full program, schedule, and registration information is available at Passaic River Symposium.