In April, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) laboratory finished their annual Proficiency Testing (PT) study. All of the 60 certified parameters have been evaluated and considered as acceptable. MERI laboratory has been recognized as a Laboratory of Excellence for achieving 100% acceptable data in this study which included 1061 participating laboratories. This achievement is a demonstration of the superior quality of the laboratory performance.
MERI participated in the annual Rutgers Day university and community celebration event. This was the second annual Rutgers Day held at the Newark University Campus, and was a great way for the departments to connect with the community of Newark. The Earth and Environmental Science Department had several programs and activities, including MERI’s ‘Soak The Polluter’ game. Participants of all ages took their aim to soak the polluter as they learned about environmental issues.
The Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI) will co-sponsor a seminar presentation
with the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), Earth and
Environmental Sciences Department, Rutgers-Newark.
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Smith Hall Seminar Room 125, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
101 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102
For information contact: Deborah Greenwood PhD, 973-353-2738
On Saturday October 1, 2016, Scientists from Rutgers University Newark and MERI led a group of professional environmental scientist on a field demonstration of techniques and methods for studying coastal marsh lands. Dr. Dimitris Ntarlagiannis from Rutgers University Newark demonstrated subsurface characterization using electrical resistivity and induced polarization imaging. Dr. Francisco Artigas from MERI demonstrated sediment elevation table measurements for assessing accretion rates in the context of sea level rise. The group concluded their day with a pontoon boat tour of the Hackensack River.
Since 1993, MERI has been monitoring the water quality in the lower Meadowlands estuary. Water samples are collected seasonally at 14 predetermined locations in the estuary. MERI scientists are currently conducting the 2016 summer seasonal water quality sampling. In the field, water samples are analyzed for temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, salinity, and pH. Samples are then brought back to the MERI laboratory for additional analysis. The monitored parameters are: ammonia, 5-day Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Chemical Oxygen Demand, hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Total Suspended Solids, turbidity, fecal coliforms, chloride, bromide, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, phosphate, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, zinc, manganese, nickel and mercury. The MERI lab is an NJDEP certified laboratory with state of the art instrumentation and past measurements are available to the public through the MERI web page under environmental monitoring.
Scientist from MERI have been taking advantage of the good weather to do maintenance work on its water quality monitoring network. Three stations located strategically near Kearny, at Saw Mill Creek and at the Barge Marina along the lower Hackensack river continuously measure water quality parameters. Hourly measurements of dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, turbidity, salinity and water elevation are relayed via cell phone and posted on MERI’s web site under environmental monitoring in almost real time. The network has been monitoring water quality since 2004. All past and current measurements are available under environmental monitoring in MERI’s web page www.meri.njmeadowlands.gov.
Location: 2 De Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst NJ 07071
On July 6, 2016 the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) and The New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary (HEP) will host a public workshop concerning the needs of local watershed. The workshop was designed to get the public involved in shaping the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary agenda. The agenda includes the guidance of HEP’s 2017 funding and research capacities as well as improving the restoration and protection of local watershed.
Location: 2 DeKorte Park Plaza Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
On June 17, 2016 the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) hosted the Measurement of Tidal Wetlands Impairments for Acquisition and Enhancement workshop, a study that was sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The workshop was held at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Headquarters in Lyndhurst, NJ and was attended by federal and NJ state officials as well as environmental professionals and NGO’s. After the workshop participants took a boat tour of the Meadowlands. Presentations were made by the following participants:
Francisco Artigas, MERI. Opening Comments and Conclusion
Ross Feltes, NJSEA. Institutional Perspective
Claus Holzapfel, Rutgers University. Patterns of Diversity in Urban Tidal Marshes
Sal Kojak, MERI. Topography and Hydrology
Ildiko Pechmann, MERI. Hyperspectral Image Classification and Habitat Fragmentation
On Thursday, June 9, 2016 Dr. Francisco Artigas represented the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) at the New Jersey Soil Science Workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick Cook Campus. Dr. Artigas presented information on the Meadowlands and the state of its soil which included analysis of marsh surface elevation and accretion rate of change. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together USDA-NRCS soil survey cooperators and others involved in soil science in the NJ area for updates on products, services, and activities.