Students and teachers from four New Jersey high schools in three counties will conduct scientific studies of the Passaic River under the guidance of professors and staff from Montclair State University under a new project, the Passaic River Environmental Education and Monitoring Organization, PREEMO, established through Montclair State University’s Passaic River Institute. The University received a grant of close to $40,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support the project.
Accepting the check from the EPA was President Susan A. Cole who said, “We are committed to and excited by high school students getting into hands-on science.” She noted that there has been a push in recent years to clean up the Passaic River. “Every bit helps on the remediation of the river and these students will be a part of that work.”
Students from the high schools will collect water samples and measure quality variables such as dissolved oxygen, water clarity and phosphorus concentrations. They will also collect small bottom-dwelling animals, like snails, that indicate pollution levels in a body of water.