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The Passaic River Coalition is an urban watershed association active since 1969 in protecting water quality and quantity of the entire Passaic River watershed of northern New Jersey and Rockland and Orange Counties, New York.



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Dec 2015     Green Acres Public Hearing

December 28th, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Passaic County Passaic County Dept. of Planning & Economic Development 930 Riverview Drive, Suite 250, Totowa, NJ.PRC will hold a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed administrative transfer of ownership interest in the parkland between PRC and Passaic County of:

In addition to oral comments presented during the hearing, written comments may be submitted to the agencies listed below. All written comments must be received within two weeks following the hearing, by January 11th, 2016.
Written comments should be submitted to:
Passaic River Coalition, 330 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960 with a copy to
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship,
Mail Code 501-01, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, Att: Nancy Lawrence

Oct 2015     Green Acres Public Hearing

On Oct. 27, 2015 at 8 p.m., PRC will hold a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed administrative transfer of ownership interest in parkland at King George Wetlands from PRC to Bernard's Township at Bernard's Township Municial office. Flyer with more details.

July 2015     Green Acres Public Hearing

On July, 16 2015 at 7 p.m., PRC will hold a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed administrative transfer of ownership interest in the parkland located at Central Valley Wetlands, Block 4201, Lot 36, between PRC and Florham Park Borough at our offices. Flyer with more details.

May 2015     Green Acres Public Hearing

On June 18, 2015 at 7 p.m., PRC will hold a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed administrative transfer of ownership interest in the parkland located at Central Valley Wetlands, Block 4201, Lot 36, between PRC and Florham Park Borough at our offices. Flyer with more details.


September 2013     PRC Newsletter Available Online

The PRC Summer 2013 Newsletter is now available online by clicking here.



June 2013     PRC to Celebrate the Life of Ella Filippone

Dear Friends,


On the morning of June 21, 2013 at 4:45AM, Ella Filippone passed away peacefully at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Her family had been by her side giving her comfort and support over her final days.


For 43 years she has worked tirelessly in protecting the Passaic River Watershed to improve the water supply and environment of northern New Jersey. As part of her legacy, over 1500 acres have been protected in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.


We invite you to celebrate her life and accomplishments on Saturday July 13, 2013. As per her wishes, a Memorial Service will take place at Willow Hall, the headquarters of the Passaic River Coalition, at 330 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960 from 12pm to 4pm.


In lieu of flowers or other gifts we kindly ask that you honor her memory by making a contribution to the Passaic River Coalition, so that her work of protecting the watershed of central and northern New Jersey can continue.


As we expect a large turnout, kindly arrange carpooling if at all possible. We also ask that you please RSVP via e-mail to zmoylen-(at) or by mail at 330 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. We would like to thank all the people that have lent their support throughout the years, in protecting the environment and in sending their condolences to our family. We look forward to sharing our memories with you on July 13.


- The Filippone Family


Donations can be sent by mail to the Passaic River Coalition at 330 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 or you can donate through Paypal on the PRC website, using the yellow Donate button on the left.



June 2013     PRC Celebrates World Environment Day in Little Falls


Thanks to all of our volunteers from Anheuser-Busch who helped make our 2013 World Environment Day Celebration a success! On Friday, June 14 volunteers help plant new trees and shrubbery to transform vacant land into two new riverfront parks with a boat launch in Little Falls. You can read more about the event and our plans for the park at


And thanks to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Anheuser-Busch/InBev, and River Network for providing funding for the park and event as well as the Township of Little Falls DPW for providing additional supplies and help.



From left to right: Kathleen Karen, Passaic County Planning Department; Zach Moylen, Passaic River Coalition; Freeholder Terry Durry, Passaic County; Lindsey Aiello, Anheuser-Busch/InBev; Richard Guindon, Anheuser-Busch/InBev, PRC Board of Trustees; John Veteri, Jr. Esq., PRC Board of Trustees; Darlene Post, Mayor of Little Falls; Richard Plambeck, Chairman, PRC; Pat DeVito, Anheuser-Busch/InBev.



March 2013     PRC Releases 2012 Annual Report

Click here to download the new Annual Report.



February 2013     Apply for a summer internship with the PRC!

The Passaic River Coalition is now accepting application from college students for our Summer 2013 internships. Please visit our Internships Page to read a full description of the available positions.



December 7, 2012      Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy created a wake-up call on the need to rebuild the Jersey shore in a way that respects nature and protects people, properties and public investments. Come hear expert speakers address key topics, and share your opinion on how we can restore a thriving, healthy and resilient coastal region.


The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to learn more.



April 12, 2012      Heart of a Watershed

Ella Filippone's cool demeanor, sharp intellect, and passionate attitude make managing the 935-square miles of the Passaic River Basin seem easy. And even though Filippone, executive director of the Passaic River Coalition, admits that working with the environment in New Jersey can be fun, she has also suffered sleepless nights worrying about the fate of the Passaic River watershed . . .


Continue reading the Daily Record's profile of the Passaic River Coalition here.



April 27, 2012      Ramapo River Watershed Conference

Join the Passaic River Coalition at the 17th Annual Ramapo River Watershed Conference at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The event runs from 9:30am to 5pm and is a day packed with guest speakers covering a variety of topics relating to the Ramapo Watershed. The event is free, breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Location: The Pavilion at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ


Please RSVP to or (845) 712-5228.


Click here to download the Conference Agenda.


This event is presented by the Ramapo River Committee and the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College and is sponsored by George L. Becker Jr. MD, CGF, the Passaic River Coalition, Rockland County, Town of Ramapo, Betty Hedges, Jan Barry, and the Ramapo River Watershed Intermunicipal Council.



April 21, 2012      Morristown Town Wide Clean-Up

Help Keep Morristown Beautiful. The Morristown Clean Communities Committee is holding a town wide clean-up on Saturday, April 21 starting at 9am. Volunteers can meet at the Town Hall Parking Lot, 200 South Street for Registration and work assignments with light refreshments. Clean up sites include parks, playgrounds, parking lots and roadways..


For more information, or to request a specific work site, email Kathleen O'Neill Margiotta at Heavy rain date: Sunday April 22.



October, 2011      House at Highlands Meadow in Ringwood for rent

The Passaic River Coalition's House at Highlands Meadow on Greenwood Lake Turnpike in Ringwood, NJ is available for rent as office space. To learn more, please contact our office at (973) 532-9830..



October, 2011      New! Course Materials from Road Salt Alternatives Course

Presentations and materials from the Ground Water Protection Committee's September 15 "Alternatives for Snow and Ice Management Course" are now available at:



September 20, 2011      DEP Press Release urges residents to take precautions against mosquitos

TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health and Senior Services are urging State residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne West Nile virus by taking some simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their own properties.


Late summer and early fall are typically the most critical times of the year to be aware of the potential for the dangers of contracting West Nile virus from mosquito bites. Mosquito activity can continue until late October. Mosquitoes also can become more active throughout the entire day at this time of year.


Concerns are elevated this year because many areas of the State are still wet as a result of excessive rainfall over the late summer resulting largely from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Wet areas serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.


Learn more at:



August 18, 2011      Removal of Dioxin from Lower Passaic River to Begin

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that work has begun on removing 200,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from an area of the Passaic River near the Diamond Alkali Superfund site located at 80 Lister Avenue in Newark, NJ.


Read the rest of EPA's press release here.





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