This past Saturday, I took a boat tour of the lower Passaic River and the port section of Newark Bay. This trip was organized by the City of Newark through the Newark Planning Office’s Newark Riverfront Revival initiative. The tour was joined by Isella Ramirez from the Ironbound Community Corporation who is working with the Coalition for Healthy Ports and Robert Harley, Supervisor of Intermodal Operations at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Cities in the industrial world have seen changes in the way that waterways are viewed. During the early years of industrialization, they were used primarily as transportation corridors and waste removal systems. Industry sprang up along riverfronts and the waters became highly polluted. The Passaic River did not escape this fate. Currently, the largest EPA Superfund site is in the Passaic River and is the result of years of illegal dumping of dioxin laden materials from the Diamond Shamrock facility. View the pictures →
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