Project Delivery Team Meetings
The five partner government agencies actively involved in the site,
US-EPA, US-ACE, NOAA, US-FWS, and NJDEP, hold joint public meetings every few
months to provide updates on activities in the Lower Passaic River and Newark
Bay study areas. The agenda, sign-in sheet, and presentations for the most
recent meeting are posted at www.ourpassaic.org
Draft Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan
NOAA and USFWS announced the availability of a
draft Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan for public comment in
December 2007. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan is one step in the
damage assessment process. It serves to document exposure of natural resources
to hazardous substances and identify anticipated procedures for evaluating
natural resource injuries potentially caused by such exposure.
Passaic River Symposium
The Passaic River Institute at Montclair University has hosted four Passaic River Symposia.
"Who's Doing What,"
was co-hosted by the New Jersey
Department of Transportation
on June 9, 2004. The second,
"Progress and Challenges,"
was co-hosted by the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of
the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
on October 13, 2006. The third
, was held in conjunction with the 25th annual conference of the Geological Association of New Jersey on October 16, 2008.
was held on June 22, 2010. The fifth is planned for Friday October 19, 2012.
Community Involvement Plan
The partner agencies have prepared and completed the
Community Involvement Plan (CIP)
for the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project and Newark Bay Study. The CIP
creates a blueprint for public involvement over the life of the project. The
commitment of the partner agencies to active and open public involvement forms
the basis of this document. The CIP provides a toolbox of options for keeping
the public informed and for soliciting input. As a living document for a
dynamic project, the CIP will be reviewed annually, and updated as needed to
reflect project progress and changes to community needs, concerns, issues, and
CIP Public Forums
Public forums were held on September 14, 2005, in Rutherford, New Jersey, and
on September 15, 2005, in Newark, New Jersey.
for a summary of project presentations, discussions and questions and answers
that took place at the forums.
to view the slide presentation given at the public forums.
Community Input to Guide Development of the CIP
From December 2004 through February 2005, the partner agencies conducted a
series of Community Interviews as part of the public involvement process for
the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project and the Newark Bay Study. A summary
of the Community Interview is included in the
Community Interview Report.
NRDA Educational Seminar
The federal trustees presented a Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Educational Seminar in Newark, New Jersey
on September 14, 2004. The presentation, provided below, highlighted assessment strategies for the Greater Newark Bay Complex.
NRDA Agenda, September 14, 2004.
NRDA Overview: Natural Resource Trustees Presentation to NJ Industries,
September 14, 2004.
Methods Commonly Applied in NRDA to Quantify Restoration,
September 14, 2004.
Cooperation: What It Takes!, September 14, 2004.
NRDA Process and Trustee Activities, September 14, 2004.
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