RESEARCH, RESTORATION AND INNOVATION

The Meadowlands Research and Restoration Institute (MRRI) serves as the scientific arm of the NJSEA.

Our scientists “to protect the delicate balance of nature,” work to protect and study the Meadowlands’ vital natural resources, with a special interest in preparing the District for the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

The Meadowlands Research and Restoration Institute serves as the scientific arm of the NJSEA. This team of scientists works to protect and study the Meadowlands District’s vital natural resources, with a special interest in preparing the District for the effects of climate change and sea level rise. The team collects, analyzes and publishes real time data collected from the Hackensack River and the associated habitats of the Meadowlands Estuary to promote, restore, and preserve the unique wildlife habitats, provide actionable information to scientists and the public, encourage climate awareness, and empower community advocacy.

MRRI collects, analyzes, creates, and publishes real time data from the Hackensack Meadowlands Estuary in order to promote, restore, and preserve the region, provide actionable information to scientists and the public, encourage climate awareness, and empower community advocacy.

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What We Do

Research

Produce credible and salient science that protects the air and water, and increases the biodiversity and adaptive capacity of the Meadowlands.

Innovate

Commit to the use of proven best practices while supporting the research and implementation of innovative practices.

Restore

Develop potential restoration ideas and opportunities to assist with the recovery of the Meadowlands’ ecosystem and protect the delicate balance of nature.

Promote

Promote the uniqueness and beauty of the Meadowlands to all.

What We Do

TRAIN

Train environmental scientists by addressing the environmental problems of the Hackensack Estuary.

Develop

Apply and develop new technologies to address the legacy of environmental problems in the Meadowlands.

Promote

Promote regional gathering and sharing of planning and environmental information.

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Resources

Sea Level Rise in the Meadowlands: 2023 Measurements

Coastal marsh ecosystems are in danger of disappearing if the sea level rise is greater than the marsh’s surface elevation change. Every year for the past 15 years we measure marsh surface elevation to see how marshlands are keeping up with sea level rise. In 2023, we measured six sites. Sites monitored for less than

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Meadowlands Birding Festival an Enormous Success!

On Sunday, Oct. 1, some 300 bird enthusiasts attended the 14th Annual Meadowlands Birding Festival at DeKorte Park. The event, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Bergen County Audubon Society, featured guided walks, several talks and presentations, information tables with a plethora of avian information, and kid’s activity stations. A

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