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New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology

The New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology (NJCWST) is dedicated to the study of water quality, pollution and technological solutions. Our dedicated team researches, monitors, and aids in the management of lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and other waterbodies throughout the state of New Jersey. We provide technical assistance to conservation groups, water managers, and municipalities in a continuous effort to keep our water safe for drinking and recreation, to ensure that our seafood is safe for human consumption, and to preserve native ecosystems and precious water resources. The NJCWST also enriches public outreach through environmental education sponsorships for K-12 students, as well as the general public.

NJCWST houses a New Jersey State certified water analysis laboratory (#07105). We offer analysis of water quality parameters in potable and recreational waters including phytoplankton identification and enumeration, cyanotoxins, fecal indicator bacteria, macroinvertebrate identification, water and sediment nutrients and microbial source tracking. Our laboratory has worked with federal, state and local government agencies, drinking water purveyors, consulting firms, conservation groups, homeowners and university scientists. 

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  • Students examining soil sample from local river
    Training More Eyes on NJ Water QualityCareful sampling and analysis is crucial to maintaining clean water sources and cleaning up polluted ones, but keeping constant track of water quality across thousands of miles of rivers and streams in New Jersey is a daunting task - one that would be almost impossible to do properly without crowdsourcing the work to a largely volunteer network. Thursday January 23, 2020
  • CyanoHAB ID Workshop, March 12
    CyanoHAB Identification WorkshopWill be RescheduledTuesday January 7, 2020
  • Save the date for the 2020 Water Science and Technology Conference
    Emerging Concerns in New Jersey Water SystemsEVENT POSTPONED, WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE. 2020 Water Science and Technology Conference featuring Mary-Anna Holden, Commissioner, NJ Board of Public UtilitiesTuesday January 7, 2020


Dr. Meiyin Wu
Director, New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology
Montclair State University
Center for Environmental and Life Sciences 100
Montclair, NJ 07043 USA