Water Quality Program 

Since 1993, the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission has been monitoring the quality of water within the Meadowlands District, sampling four times per year (spring, summer, fall and winter) at 14 sites on the Hackensack River and its tributaries (see map). 

The program monitors approximately 25 parameters (see list).  Sites were chosen to provide uniform coverage of the District without bias related to possible sources of pollution. Sampling is always performed at low tide to provide consistency.  All sampling and analyses is performed under the supervision of HMDC's water quality professionals.

The purpose of the sampling is to obtain a general assessment of the overall water quality in the Meadowlands, to capture any large-scale, long-term trends in water quality, and to identify any acute water quality problems.

In 1999, the program was brought under the direction of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute.
For further information, contact Mr. Ed Konsevick, the HMDC laboratory manager.

Map of water quality monitoring sites, with links to site-specific data
List and explanation of parameters measured
Search for water quality data 
Search selected water-quality reports 
Download Data in Excel format