The Passaic River has been a victim of industrial waste disposal for more than 150 years. Much of the contaminant mass loading in the river occurred in the earlier part of the 20th century, when records on waste disposal were practically non-existent. At this week’s Passaic River Symposium – hosted by the Passaic River Institute (PRI) of Montclair State University – our own Josh Heltzer will present a process-based approach to quantifying the mass loading of river sediments to help fill in such gaps. Examples will be presented demonstrating the ability to support clean-up cost allocations and apportionment of environmental impairment liabilities by applying this approach to remediation sites with data spanning the last 100+ years. This presentation is entitled “Reverse Engineering of Historic Processes: The Key to Quantifying Contaminant Mass Loading of Passaic River Sediments” and takes place at 1:20 on the first day of the conference, Thursday, October 13th.


About Passaic River Symposium


The seventh Passaic River Symposium will be an event featuring and integrating environmental management, watershed science, flood prevention, urban environments, sustainable development, and the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project. The symposium will include invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions/presentations on all aspects of environmental management challenges relevant to the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds. This conference year will focus on the Record of Decision for the Lower 8.3 Miles of the Lower Passaic River, environmental monitoring results, flooding, storm water management, water quality and water supply, ecosystem restoration, and environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts. Projects in the upper River and tributary watersheds will also play a prominent role in this conference. Together, participants will contribute to a greater dialogue of how to achieve a vision for a sustainable Passaic River.


For more information visit PRI’s event page.