Lower Passaic River and Greater Newark Bay


Woman in construction hat in foreground with river, bird, and industrial buildings in the background.

Two Draft Study Plans for Fish and Birds at Diamond Alkali Site in New Jersey Released

As federal trustees for natural resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will soon begin studies to assess injuries related to the release of hazardous substances from or near the Diamond Alkali Superfund site in North Jersey.

Contamination in water, river and bay bottom sediment, wetland, and shoreline habitats poses risks to invertebrates, fish, and wildlife.

EPA Secures Funding to Cleanup the Passaic River

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a major step forward in the cleanup of the Passaic River, N.J., by securing $165 million to conduct sampling, design and engineering work needed to implement a $1.38 billion dredging plan that EPA documented in March of 2016. 

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 Contamination is found in sediment from the Dundee Dam to the mouth of the river, throughout Newark Bay, and other portions of the New York/New Jersey Harbor.

Lower Passaic River and Greater Newark Bay

Hazardous Waste Site | New Jersey | 1940s to present

In the 1950s and 1960s, Agent Orange was manufactured at a facility on the banks of the Lower Passaic River (LPR). One of the byproducts of its production, the toxin TCDD was released into the estuary.