Will N.J.ís Most Contaminated Urban River Recover? 10/13

Top Gov't/Science Leaders Coming to MSU

The Passaic River – its environmental challenges and its prospects for restoration – will be the subject of a day-long symposium at Montclair State University on Friday, October 13.

The second annual Passaic River Symposium will bring together top federal and state environmental officials, scientific experts and environmental advocates to discuss the status of current cleanup efforts and the long-term prospects of recovery for one of the nation’s most contaminated urban rivers.

More than 300 Expected
Approximately 300 people are expected to attend the program, which is organized by the university’s Passaic River Institute and begins at the 8:30 a.m. at the campus Conference Center in University Hall.

Highlights include:
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Public Policy Leadership Forum

  • Alan Steinberg, Region 2 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kris Kolluri, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Colonel Aniello Tortura, NY District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

1:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., (NJ-8th District)

2:00 p.m. Remediation Strategies

Session will include an overview of the obstacles that have hindered comprehensive cleanup efforts.

3:30 p.m. Planning for the Future

Session will feature Passaic River environmental advocates including Ella Fillipone, executive director of the Passaic River Coalition, and Andy Willner, executive director of NY/NJ Baykeeper. The Passaic River is a critical waterway in Northern New Jersey and an identified source of pollution of Newark Bay and the New York-New Jersey harbor area. Media coverage of the symposium is encouraged.

Go to conference Web site.

About the Passaic River Institute
The Passaic River Institute (PRI) at MSU represents faculty, students and facilities dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to examining the environmental issues confronting the watershed. The PRI mission is to seek solutions for these problems and to further environmental research and education. The PRI also seeks to nurture cooperative relationships with federal and state agencies, corporations and environmental advocacy groups. Website: http://www.csam.montclair.edu/PRI/