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Cleanup Begins on the Lower Passaic: Summary and Opinion

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In July, after many years of study and debate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began oversight of a $20 million dredge-and-cap project along the Lower Passaic River in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The work will remove approximately 20,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from... read more →

Primrose Farm Saved!

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After five years of intense negotiation and advocacy, the 113-acre Primrose Farm in Harding Township has been preserved as open space. Ownership of the land was officially transferred to the Harding Land Trust on December 27, 2012. The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) and other Primrose project partners were on hand for the final closing. (more…)

The Economic Impact of Parks

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By Hazel England, GSWA Director of Education and Outreach In light of the current Presidential proposals and plans for defunding certain types of nationally owned land, it is good to consider how the Great Swamp region is lucky enough to benefit from both the lands of the Morristown National Historical Park – GSWA’s landlord and the location of our headquarters, and the 7,700 acre jewel that is the heart of the swamp - Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.   Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange and Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson are also close to or directly... read more →

Healing the Lower Passaic: Diamond Alkali Superfund Cleanup Update

David Kluesner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 team leader for community affairs, returns to provide an update on plans for the remediation of hazardous pollution along the last eight miles of the Passaic River. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m. Background On April 11, 2014 — within 48 hours of David’s last appearance at a GSWA Breakfast Briefing — EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck held a press conference announcing the Agency’s draft plan for addressing contamination along the Lower Passaic. Stretching eight miles from Belleville to Newark Bay, this section of river forms... read more →