Fourth Passaic River Symposium to Be Held June 22

Conference Features U.S. EPA's Judith Enck and N.J. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin to discuss river's current health and cleanup status

Montclair, NJ --Judith Enck, Region 2 administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will be speaking at The Fourth Passaic River Symposium, organized by Montclair State University's Passaic River Institute (PRI), at the University Conference Center, June 22, 2010 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Recognizing the complex problems within the Passaic River Basin, Montclair State created the Passaic River Institute in 2003 to provide a permanent scientific investigative organization for the river and as a neutral forum for information sharing and discussions. It is in the latter role that the Institute organizes these symposia.

"The Passaic River symposium continues to attract leading experts in all relevant disciplines and professions to discuss the river's current health and the status of cleanup efforts," said Robert Prezant, dean of the Montclair State University's College of Science and Mathematics. "This clearly illustrates the key role the Institute plays as a forum for critical discussion on the future of this vital waterway."

Also scheduled to speak at the symposium will be U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-8th district) and Col. John R. Boulé, commander, U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, New York District.

The Lower Passaic River Restoration Project will be prominently featured at the symposium including the Phase 1 sediment removal by the Diamond Alkali site and the Focused Feasibility Study addressing the lower eight miles of the river. Additional projects and issues throughout the Passaic Basin will also be discussed.

"The great response to our previous symposia underscores the widespread interest in the Passaic River," said Kirk Barrett, director of the PRI. "The previous symposia attracted nearly 300 participants and the fourth symposium promises to be equally well attended."

Barrett continued "This symposium will bring together representatives of regulatory agencies, municipal government, environmental activists, and industry, and will give them all a chance to present their viewpoints and scientific findings - and to learn about and to question those of others."

For more information about the Fourth Passaic River Symposium, go to the Web site, http://www.csam.montclair.edu/pri/conferences/.

Released: May 24, 2010