Montclair State University recently hosted 350 educators,
environmentalists, scientists, legislators, and industry representatives for
the Fifth Passaic River Symposium. Organized by the University’s Passaic River Institute, the
symposium is one of New Jersey’s most important forums for discussing projects
and addressing the environmental issues surrounding the Passaic River.
With the theme, “Today’s
Status, Tomorrow’s Perspective,” the 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 featured prominently among the 71 presentations at the
Featured speakers at the symposium included George Pavlou,
deputy regional Region 2 administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection, Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Colonel Paul E. Owen, commander,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Many others served as
presenters or discussion moderators during the breakout sessions.
A biennial event, the next Passaic River Symposium will be
held in 2014.