Northern New Jersey has few natural resources more prized than the vital waterway that runs through your backyard, the Third River. Also known as the Yantecaw River, the Third River is the third (upstream) main of the Passaic River in Passaic and Essex Counties. The Friends of the Bonsal Preserve and the Friends of the Bonsal Preserve have just completed a four-month study of the river’s health and unfortunately, the results are alarming.
The community is invited to attend an information meeting on the findings this Sunday, November 16.
In January of 2014, the Friends of the Bonsal Preserve and the Passaic River Institute were awarded a grant from the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program, with additional support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). This summer they conducted intensive water quality monitoring at ten sampling stations along the Third River with a focus on the pathogen indicator enterococcus. Thier study found exceedingly high levels along several areas of the river, well above the USEPA and NJDEP standards.
At Sunday’s information meeting, they will describe the results and discuss methods used, resources that are available, and their experience initiating a citizen science project. They would also like to use this opportunity to form a Third River Working Group to foster information sharing, communication, coordination and environmental conservation efforts.Information Meeting to Discuss Third River Water Quality Report Sunday, November 16 from 2 pm – 4 pm