September 12, 2008

$60,000 Grant to Help Restore Passaic River

The federal Environmental Protection Agency awarded $60,000 to an environmental group this week to show residents and municipal officials what they can do to restore the health of the Passaic River.

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, based in Mendham, will team with several local organizations on the project, including the Passaic River Institute at Montclair State University and the Ramapo River Watershed Intermunicipal Council.

The funding will be used among other things to train municipal environmental commissioners, local officials, businesses and others on various federal and state watershed restoration programs.

The Passaic River is one of the most polluted waterways in the nation. In June, the EPA announced an $80 million cleanup of the lower Passaic in Newark where 200,000 cubic yards of sediment tainted with the cancer-causing chemical dioxin will be removed.

Scott Fallon

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