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Passaic River Institute

The Passaic River Institute’s mission is to further environmental research and education and to help find solutions for environmental problems within the Passaic River Basin, including tributaries and surrounding watershed lands.

Appreciating the importance of the Passaic River Basin and the complexity of the issues, in 2004, Montclair State University recognized the need for a formal, university-based institute that could undertake long-term, extensive, interdisciplinary scientific studies forming the Passaic River Institute within the College of Science and Mathematics. As a permanent scientific organization with the support of a large university, the Institute can serve as a publicly accessible archive and clearinghouse of scientific reports and data regarding the Basin. These circumstances also provide a neutral forum for examining and discussing all aspects of environmental management challenges, such as environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution and contamination, sediment remediation, ecosystem restoration, environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts.

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PRI affiliates have been active in research related to the Passaic River Basin, such as using computerized mapping systems to study pollutant sources and developing a method for rapid detection of organic contaminants in sediments. The PRI brings physical, biological and social scientists together to effectively tackle the complex environmental challenges.

Designed to nurture relationships with both public and private sectors, federal and state agencies, corporations, and environmental and community advocacy groups all interact, and close ties with regional agencies and organizations are established. Members actively participate in international, national and regional environmental programs and the institute hosts academic and public forums, symposiums and seminars regarding the Passaic River.

The PRI provides broad environmental services with expertise, integrity and value. The institute’s experts are capable, seasoned scientists with years of field experience and years of providing professional advice to government agencies and private firms, with strong credentials, academic credibility and university facilities. They offer unique advantages in investigating and solving the region’s complex environmental problems.

The Passaic River Institute brings an approach to science that looks at the long-term and seeks to insure a balance that supports a sustainable future. Download our Statement of Qualifications which contains project descriptions of our affiliated faculty and staff.



Montclair State University
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 100
Montclair, NJ 07043 USA

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