Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
Best Management Practices
On account of their River Restoration Program, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission is recognized with a 2017 Best Management Practices Award. Since 1998, the PVSC’s River Restoration Program has helped remove 12,000 tons of debris from more than 100 miles of area waterways. In the last year alone, PVSC removed 500 tons of debris from those same waterways. The marquee event on the program’s calendar is the biannual effort to cleanup the Great Falls. During this cleanup event, the flow of the Passaic is diverted into a nearby hydroelectric plant while crews scour the top and bottom of the falls for debris and detritus. In addition to their direct cleanup efforts, the River Restoration Program conducts outdoor learning and pollution prevention workshops for local communities in an effort to engage the public before debris makes it into the river. PVSC has shown a clear effort to positively impact the behaviors of local communities, while simultaneously enacting enduring programs which seek to repair damages imparted by current pollution behaviors.
In recognition of their work to create the Lower Passaic River Blueway Canoe and Kayak Trail, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission has received a 2017 Public Education Wave Award. In conjunction with the Lower Passaic and Saddle River Alliance, and the National Park Service, the PVSC helped create and furnish the 32 mile trail.. The project aimed to encourage restoration of the Passaic River by offering local communities increased accessibility to the recreational potential of the river, thus fostering positive attitudes via a recreational link. PVSC and its partners hope that increased recreational traffic on the river creates greater visibility towards the need for restorative projects. The project utilized funding from several federal grant programs matched in-kind by PVSC with a total investment just under $500,000.
Pictured here: Gregory Tramontozzi, PVSC executive director