Stage-Velocity Measuring Station

  • Presented by: MERI Scientists
  • Location: Secaucus High School Marsh

MERI scientists recently completed the first installation of a stage-velocity measuring station at a tidal creek in the Secaucus High School Wetlands Enhancement Site. These measurements are part of an EPA Wetlands Development grant designed to measure impairments to wetland function in the Meadowlands. For coastal wetlands to remain functional and continue to provide valuable ecosystems services such as effective buffer areas against flooding and support high levels of biodiversity  they must keep up with sea level rise. Sea level in the Meadowlands District has been measured as rising 2.6 mm/year. For wetland to maintain their ecological function they must collect sufficient sediments so the surface builds up at a rate equal or greater than 2.6 mm/year. Stage velocity curves help determine if wetlands are gaining or loosing sediments. There is no shortage in sediments floating around in tidal creeks In the Meadowlands. These sediments come from water treatment plants and runoff from urban areas and construction sites. Sediments are more likely to be deposited in marsh surfaces when water velocities are greater during the flooding period compared to the ebbing period.  Stage velocity curves have never been measured in Meadowlands tidal creeks before and we are hoping to find that water velocities are greater during the flooding period which would mean that most likely these wetlands are keeping up with sea level rise.

Stage-Velocity Measuring Station setup
Stage-Velocity Measuring Station setup

Three thousand year old ecosystems buried in the Meadowlands of New Jersey

  • Presented by: MERI Scientists
  • Location: Lyndhurst Riverside Marsh


Scientists from the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute will be traveling back in time 3000 years to look at the composition of the first wetlands to become established in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. Using a Russian Peat sampler scientists can go back in time and extract sediment core samples buried thousands of  years ago containing pollen grains, plant seeds and plant fragments. Tree branches from the original forested fresh water wetlands were recently collected from 17 feet deep samples at the Lyndhurst Riverside Marsh near the New Jersey Turnpike between exists 15 and 16. Carbon 14 dating revealed that some of the first wetlands to become established in the Meadowlands of New Jersey after that last glaciation period date back to 3000 years ago. Scientists will conduct chemical analysis of old pristine buried sediment samples to determine the natural background concentrations of metals in the sediment compared  to the postindustrial samples of today. These baselines from pristine samples will help scientists develop strategies for cleaning up contaminated sites.


Stage-Velocity Measuring Station setup
Stage-Velocity Measuring Station setup
Stage-Velocity Measuring Station setup

Municipal DPW Dashboard

Available through NJMC/MERI’s WebMapping applications, towns can view and report information on municipal infrastructures such as catchbasins, manholes, stormwater lines and outfalls. Using the online Dashboard municipal workers can view location, orientation and existing conditions. Operators in the field can fill out reports and photos on the fly. It is a helpful tool to report back to DEP which requires detailed inventories of stormwater features, or for internal municipal DPW record keeping. Piloting the application is the Borough of East Rutherford. Municipalities wishing to use the system can access the site using existing ERIS account. If you need further assistance or access accounts, please contact the GIS Department.

DPW Dashboard

Figure 1: Access to the mapping site shows various infrastructures, including attributes

As the NJMC/ MERI GIS Department continue to map all infrastructure for its member towns, municipalities can get the whole picture. Where does a stormwater outfall discharge to? What is the top of rim elevation for a manhole or catchbasin? All these questions can be answered by a single click on a utility feature. For more information and status on this project, please visit MERI’s GIS maps and services

MERI Using Vertical Beam Echo-Sounders

The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute is working to uncover the depths of the Hackensack River and its branching tributaries. Using consumer grade Vertical Beam Echo-Sounders MERI is using sonar to collect data to produce digital terrain models of the riverine system.  The depth sounding is converted into elevation with the use of RTK GPS in order to create the model. The data will be used for further research on understanding the health of the Meadowlands.

Hackensack River Sonar TIN

Meadowlands Code Enforcement Association Meeting

The New Jersey MeadowlandsCommission/Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute-Geographic Information Systems Unit will be presenting how GIS is used in the NJMC, and how it is utilized as a shared service to the 14-member municipalities. Use of GIS technology will be showcased in how Commission staff have access to live maps on NJMC’s permit tracking application (CityView) to municipalities’ access for variance notification on the popular Municipal Map. The GIS Unit will also illustrate functional GIS tools (such as buffering, measuring, identifying); display of data layers, like parcels, land use, zoning, utilities, BFEs, soil class & much more. In addition, the team will illustrate how GIS is used for emergency response and planning through its Emergency Response Information System (ERIS) application. ERIS is only accessible via user accounts created by the GIS Unit provided to town officials; it is not a public-facing application.


Presenters: Dom Elefante/ Stephanie Bosits

Where: Lecture Room, NJMC

Thursday, May 22, 2014



Hyperspectral Acquisition of the Meadowlands District

  • Location: MERI-NJMC

The NJMC-Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) will be accepting bid proposals for the Hyperspectral Acquisition of the Meadowlands District.  Beginning on May 7, 2014  a copy of the proposal can be picked up at the NJMC offices or downloaded from the NJMC website.

NJMC Public Announcements

NJMC-MERI GIS Team takes Best Overall Map Award at the NJDEP 27th Annual Mapping Contest

Jose Baez  and Marielis Nunez

Jose Baez and Marielis Nunez

A record 40 maps were entered in the NJDEP’s 27th annual GIS mapping contest held April 10 in Trenton.  There were eight categories that accompanied this year’s theme: GIS Keeping New Jersey Safe.  The contest theme winner, Using a Mobile Device to Collect and Retrieve Pre-Plan Information for Fire Emergencies, was created by Marielis Nunez and Jose Baez. They took the BEST OVERALL MAP awarded to MERI-GIS.





LiDAR Acquisition of the Meadowlands

The LiDAR acquisition of the Meadowlands was completed on Friday, April 11, 2014.

LiDAR raw files will be processed by the PhotoScience Team, delivering the following products:

1.LAS files of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Returns

2.DEM created for the Meadowlands region at 1-foot resolution

3.Contours derived form LiDAR data


NJMC Flyway Gallery Hosts Exhibit

  • Presented by: NJIT Design Studio
  • Location: Meadowlands Environment Center

NJMC Flyway Gallery Hosts Exhibit by

NJIT Students During March and April 

LYNDHURST, N.J. – University students’ visions of the conceptual transformation of a former trash transfer facility into an aviation museum are the subject of a new exhibit at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) Flyway Gallery. The show, “NJIT Design Studio,” will be on display from Thursday, March 6, through Friday, April 25. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

At the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, students in Professor Ira Smith’s Architecture Studio course were tasked with outlining a theoretical new use for the former Bergen County Utilities Authority Transfer Station and its surrounding grounds in North Arlington. The academic exercise focused on repurposing the site into the New Jersey Air and Space Center, an expansion of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, which is currently located in Teterboro.

“The ‘NJIT Design Studio’ exhibit reflects the talent, creativity and resourcefulness of the students who participated in the class project,” said Marcia Karrow, Executive Director of the NJMC.

The students spent four months creating plans for the museum, which would include an exhibit hangar, additional exhibit space and a nearby working blimp field. Drawings include intricate blueprints of floor plans and artistic renderings of the inside of the facility. Francisco Artigas, Director of the NJMC Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), provided technical assistance to the students.

The site of the former trash transfer facility belongs to a private property owner. There are no plans to build an aviation museum on the site.

The Flyway Gallery, located in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

Directions to DeKorte Park can be found in the “About Us” section of the NJMC’s website, at, or by calling 201-777-2431.


  • Presented by: Frank Gerard Godlewski
  • Location: The Meadowlands Museum, Yereance Berry House





Friday, JUNE 28th, 7:30 pm – 9:00pm

         Saturday, 10am – 4pm


The Meadowlands Museum,

Yereance Berry House

 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07021




The Meadowlands Museum, preserved in a historic 19th Century Dutch-American farmhouse, within view of the NYC skyline and the Meadowlands Sports Complex, opens the new season with a dynamic public interaction exhibition project focusing on the Museum’s remarkable collection of local maps. The community is welcome to view this special map exhibit highlighting the site of the Yereance-Berry House (now the Meadowlands Museum) from the 1680′s to the present. From these maps we discover that the Museum’s Yerence Berry House was a larger farmhouse on a main road surrounded by fields and that the adjacent Crane Avenue was a brook with ponds that flowed down to Berry’s Creek. See how the area has changed, find the location of your own home and compare how the area has developed over time!

This summer, the museum will be open on Saturdays and the public is invited to learn about the establishment and development of Rutherford as well as the surrounding Meadowlands Communities and even gain interesting facts about our own homes.

The public is welcome on Friday June 28 from 7:30 to 9 PM and on Saturday, June 29, from 10 AM to 1 PM. This re-opening kicks off the Museum’s summer season. During July and August, the Museum will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Information:  Frank Gerard Godlewski

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