Vegetation Sampling, Wetland Delineation, and
Bio-Benchmark Report [December 2008] and Plant Resource
Document [October 2008]
The USACE conducted vegetation studies at selected sites along the Lower Passaic
River, its tributaries, and at reference sites during fall 2007 and spring 2008.
Wetland delineations and bio-benchmarking were also conducted at select
locations. The first document, "Vegetation Sampling Report," describes the field
methods and findings of the sampling events. The results of the Vegetation
Sampling Report were then used for the preparation of the second document,
"Plant Resource Document," which provides a comprehensive list of plant species,
recommended plantings zones, planting windows, and habitat recommendations to be
restored. Both of these documents provide information that will aid in future
restoration sampling and planning efforts for the Study.
Click here to review the Vegetation Sampling Report, and
click here to review the Plant Resource Document.
Restoration Opportunities [July 2006]
Restoration Opportunities Report presents and describes
potential restoration opportunities in the Lower Passaic River. The report was
developed to facilitate the coordination of restoration-related actions among
the involved regional stakeholders and the public.
Potential restoration opportunity sites were initially identified through an
open nomination process, a computer-based screening process, and field
Click here for a summary of the October 2004 field
reconnaissance report, and
click here for a summary of the December 2004-February
2005 field reconnaissance report.
Restoration Work Group [July 2006]
The Restoration Work Group met on July 26, 2006 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the
USEPA offices at 290 Broadway, New York.
Click here for the minutes from this Work Group. At the
meeting, the agencies discussed their restoration visions and goals for the
Lower Passaic River. For more information,
click here for the slide presentation, and
click here for the proposed Table of Contents of the
Lower Passaic River restoration planning document. The group also discussed
potential restoration opportunities (click here for the Draft Restoration Vision Balancing
Ecosystem and Human Use Map and
click here for the potential Restoration Actions Table).
Sediment Profile Imaging Report [August 2005] and Taxonomic
Identification of Benthic Invertebrates Report [September 2005]
Sediment Profiling Imaging (SPI) Report presents results
from sediment sampling activities in the Lower Passaic River in June 2005. The
goal of the report was to characterize the physical and biological conditions of
surface sediments as well as assess intertidal and subtidal benthic habitats.
Taxonomic Identification of Benthic Invertebrates Report
presents the result of a benthic community survey conducted in the river between
June and July 2005 to identify benthic invertebrate fauna. The results of the
SPI and benthic community surveys will be used to construct a profile of the
benthic community and habitat in the Lower Passaic River.
Environmental Resource Inventory Biological Literature Review [December
Environmental Resource Inventory: Biological Literature
Review examines the existing biological data for the Lower Passaic River.
Data were obtained from various documents and databases authored by several
government agencies and private sources.
Ecosystem Functional Assessment Technical Memorandum [August 2004]:
Ecological Functional Assessment (EFA) Technical Memorandum
documents the methodologies and metrics that may be used to guide the Lower
Passaic River restoration. These methodologies and metrics will form the
foundation for the habitat assessment technique, which will be used to establish
existing ecological conditions in the river; formulate habitat restoration
alternatives; determine success criteria following implementation of restoration
projects; and quantify increases in ecological outputs associated with proposed