Fourth Passaic River Symposium Held

More than 300 gather to discuss Passic River issues and work towards solutions to the problems

Photo: Mike Peters

Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection addresses the audience at the Fourth Passic River Symposium at Montclair State University's Conference Center.

Montclair State University recently hosted more than 300 educators, environmentalists, scientists, legislators, and industry representatives for the Fourth Passaic River Symposium. Organized by the University’s Passaic River Institute, the symposium has become the most important forum for discussing projects and addressing the environmental issues surrounding the Passaic River.

Featured speakers at the symposium included Judith Enck, Region 2 administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Colonel John R. Boulé II, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Many others served as presenters or discussion moderators during the breakout sessions.

“The great response to our symposia underscores the widespread interest in the Passaic River,” said Kirk Barrett, director of the Passaic River Institute and organizer of the symposium. “The future of the Passaic River is a concern to everyone in northern New Jersey, and the Passaic River Institute is working to positively influence that future.”

Discussion of the cleanup and restoration efforts on the lower Passaic River was a major topic at the symposium with representatives of agencies involved in the projects reporting on their progress and plans. These were followed by breakout sessions under three main categories or tracks: Lower Passaic “Phase 1 Removal Action” and Community Perspectives, Lower Passaic Sediment Geochemistry, and Water Quality.

A biennial event, the next Passaic River Symposium will be held in 2012.

See more photos from the symposium.

Read an article about the event in The Record.