Passaic River water quality improving

October 19, 2008 3:08:22 PM PDT
Environmental experts say the Passaic River is cleaner than it was 25 years ago, but that it will never be clean enough for drinking or swimming. Attendees at the third annual Passaic River Symposium at Montclair State University tell The Herald News of West Paterson that the lower reaches of the river are cleaner than before because of tighter state and federal water quality regulations.

That 17-mile stretch of river from Clifton's Dundee Dam to Newark Bay still has one of the highest levels of the hazardous pollutant dioxin of any waterway in the nation.

Experts tell the newspaper that municipal sewage treatment plants that discharge into the Passaic have also tightened standards, but don't yet go far enough in keeping all pollutants out.

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