School Monitoring Program



MRRI, Riverkeeper, Inc, & Participating Schools

All residents of the Hackensack River watershed live within minutes of a body of water. However, many people don’t realize that the destination of lawn-care chemicals, fluid leaks, pet waste and curb-side debris is usually a storm drain which flows into a nearby stream. Public education about this type of pollution is often cumbersome, expensive and ineffective.

The Water Quality Educational Monitoring Program is a hands-on watershed curriculum for high school students in the Hackensack River watershed that teaches about non-point source pollution, water chemistry, and ecology. After classroom and field training by Hackensack Riverkeeper, each participating class is issued a water quality monitoring kit which they use to test their local waterway(s) throughout the school year.

Among the water quality parameters that the students study are temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, ammonia, pH, turbidity and copper. Through research, graphs and analytical thinking, students attempt to determine whether day-to-day changes and site-to-site changes in their measurements could be a result of natural phenomena, human contribution, or a combination both.

With teacher supplements, this program satisfies several NJ Core Curriculum Standards, including

The Water QEM Program is a cooperative venture between Hackensack Riverkeeper (HRI), the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MRRI) and the participating schools. Additional funds are supplied by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program.

For additional information or to join the monitoring network, please contact:


Jared Eudell, HRI, Project Manager, 201-968-0808, [email protected]

Ed Konsevick, MRRI, QA Officer, 201-460-4646, [email protected] Website: Water Quality Data Collection and Acess

Participating Schools

Terence Milligan

Pat Germain

Barbara DeBenedictus

Maryanne Fahey

Carol Zepatos

201-343-6000 x2294

Larry Russo

Ron Durso

High School Educational Monitoring Program
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