Aerial shot of Passaic River Institute.

Workshops & Field Trips

Workshop A: Detection of Water Pathogens

pathogens in the water

When: 10/13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: University Hall ADP Center

The density of indicator microorganisms is used to assess water quality and to estimate the health risk to human. This workshop will 1) introduce detection methods to quantify pathogens; 2) discuss how to select the best-suited method for your study; 3) investigate the relationship between pathogens and non-point source pollution; and 4) explore how to use microbial source tracking to protect your water.

This workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in pathogen monitoring and microbial source tracking. No prior training in microbiology is required.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Lee Lee is a professor in the biology department where she teaches courses in microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial physiology and biology of human life. Her research interests span fields from molecular microbiology through environmental microbiology including microbial source tracking, heavy metal remediation, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.

Workshop B: Getting the Most from Your Meter

Using a YSI 556 Multiprobe System

When: 10/13 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: University Hall ADP Center

Several types of meters are routinely used for water quality measurements that include conductivity/salinity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, ORP and pH. Proper maintenance is only the first step to ensure that the field will reliably deliver accurate results. Field meters must also be calibrated correctly and on a regular schedule. This workshop explores the chemistry behind all of the common field meters (Hach, Hanna, YSI and others), how to maintain them and how to implement a quality control regimen.

The procedures covered in this workshop are based on the quality control regimen established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Participants will learn calibration and quality control checks, how to prepare calibration standards and the basics of electrode maintenance. The workshop will be hands-on. Participants may bring their own equipment or use the equipment provided.

This workshop is designed for anyone who routinely measures water quality. No special skills are required.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Kevin Olsen holds both a BA and MS in chemistry as well as a PhD in environmental management. He is the instrument ion specialist on the chemistry department’s support staff and is the chemist for the Passaic River Institute. He has worked with the Institute on numerous projects including surveys at Lake Hopatcong, Lake Wapallanne, and Greenwood Lake.

 Workshop C: Using GIS in Watershed Studies

principal US aquifers

When: 10/14 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: CELS GIS Lab

In this hour-long workshop participants will be shown how GIS (geographic information systems), specifically ArcGIS, can be used in watershed studies. Case studies will be demonstrated, and participants will be guided on doing their own GIS analyses as part of it. No GIS experience is required.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Josh Galster is an associate professor in the earth and environmental studies department where he teaches courses in hydrology, water resource management and GIS. His research uses both field and GIS techniques and involves measuring the impacts of watershed alterations like land use change on flooding and other river processes.

Field Trip: Great Falls of Paterson – America’s Oldest Industrial City and Newest National Park

Passaic River waterfall

When: 10/14 1:30-4:00 p.m.

The City of Paterson was founded in 1791 by the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM) to take advantage of the waterpower provided by the 77-foot drop of the Great Falls. By 1794, a system of mill raceways was providing water power to cotton mills. Within a few years, Paterson’s water-powered factories were producing cloth, hemp, firearms and locomotives. As the 19th century progressed, Paterson’s industrial base continued to diversify. When water-powered mills became obsolete, a hydroelectric plant was constructed at the falls to replace the raceway system.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Paterson was known internationally as the “Silk City.” A strike by silk workers in 1913 lead to the decline of the silk industry, but textile dyeing and printing, aircraft engines and portable diners continued to be produced in the city. During the Second World War, Paterson’s role in the military aircraft production caused the U.S. Army to station the 67th Coast Artillery and its antiaircraft guns on Garrett Mountain overlooking the city.

Numerous waves of immigrants were attracted to the opportunities in Paterson including Irish, Dutch, German, Italian, Slavs and Eastern European Jews. In the twentieth century, Paterson attracted African Americans, Hispanics, and Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa. Today the city is known for its large Peruvian community and its many Middle Eastern restaurants.

Recognizing both its natural beauty and the importance of the Great Falls in the industrial revolution, the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park was dedicated as the 397th unit in the National Park System in November 2011.

This tour will take participants to the Great Falls for a guided walk by the Park Service representative. The tour will continue through the SUM power plant and then explore some of the older mill buildings to show how they are being redeveloped for the needs of the 21st-century city.

Direct any inquiries or questions to Dr. Meiyin Wu, Director of the Passaic River Institute and chair of the Symposium via email or call 973-655-5423.