The Passaic River - its environmental challenges and its prospects for restoration - was the subject of a day-long symposium that recently attracted more than 300 people to the Montclair State University campus.
The second Passaic River Symposium, organized by the University's Passaic River Institute and the Hudson Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, drew leading federal and state environmental officials, scientific experts and environmental advocates to discuss the river's current health and the status of cleanup efforts.
"Rarely, if ever, have so many top policymakers and other stakeholders convened on this topic," said Dr. Kirk R. Barrett, the Passaic River Institute's director. "It illustrates the key role the Institute plays as a forum for discussion on the future of this vital waterway."
The October 13 th symposium's participants included Alan Steinberg, Region 2 administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Lisa P. Jackson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Colonel Aniello Tortura, New York District commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., (NJ-8 th District).
Other speakers included environmental advocates Ella Fillipone, executive director of the Passaic River Coalition, and Andy Willner, executive director of NY/NJ Baykeeper.