March 2008 Project Update on the Newark Bay Contaminated Sediment Study:
A comprehensive investigation of sediment contamination in Newark Bay is
currently underway. In December 2007 a major milestone was reached in this
important study with the completion of Phase 2 of the sediment sampling field
work. The characterization of sediments during Phase 2 will enhance EPA’s
understanding of contaminant deposition and distribution patterns over time in
Newark Bay and it will help identify sources of contaminants.
Highlights Contained in the March 2008 Project Update:
Click here to read the March 2008 Project Update Fact
- Second Phase of Sediment Sampling Completed
- Sediment Studies Will Help Answer the “Where, When and How” of Contamination in
- Phase 1 & Phase 2 Findings to be Ready by Fall 2008
- What’s Next?
Community Involvement Plan (June 2006): The USEPA, along with
its partner agencies on the Lower Passaic River Restoration project, has
completed the Community Involvement Plan (CIP) for the Lower Passaic River
Restoration Project and Newark Bay Study. In the Fall of 2005, a draft of the
CIP was released for public review and comment. After a thorough review of the
public comments received, the draft CIP was revised to respond to those
comments. It completes the circle of public/agency interaction and creates a
blueprint for public involvement over the life of the project.
Click here for the Final Community Involvement Plan (Due
to the large size of the file, downloading may take a few minutes).
The commitment of the USEPA and the Passaic River 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 contacts. Copies of the CIP in both hard and CD versions
are available at the following information repositories established for the
U.S. EPA Records Center
290 Broadway, 18th floor
New York, New York 10007
Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 9AM – 4 PM
Phone: (212) 637-3000
Newark Public Library
NJ Reference Section
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101
Hours: Mon., Fri., Sat.: 9AM – 5:30PM
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 9AM – 8:30PM
Phone: (201) 733-7775
Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Hours: Mon – Fri.: 9AM – 9PM
Sat.: 9AM – 5PM
Phone: (908) 354-6060
For more information about the CIP or public involvement, contact:
David Kluesner, Public Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (212) 637-3653
Fax: (212) 637-4445
Public Forum Summaries - Draft Community Involvement Plan
Click here to read the summaries of
project presentations, discussions and questions and answers that took place at
the public forums held on September 14, 2005 in Rutherford, New Jersey and
September 15, 2005, In Newark , New Jersey.
View the slide presentation given at the public forums
Click Here (Due to the
large size of the file, downloading may take a few minutes).
EPA Fact Sheets for the Newark Bay Study:
Click here for the July 2005 fact sheet discussing the
initiation of environmental field investigations for the Newark Bay Study.
Taking the Pulse of Communities – Community Input to Guide Development
of Community Involvement Plan: 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 Newark Bay Study.
Click here to read the entire
Summary Report of Community Interview Notes:
Click here to read the Report.