Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program
Berry's Creek Watershed; Diamond Alkali Superfund Site
United States of America
Habitat Creation; Recreation
Affected DOI Resources:
In August 2022, construction began on a 5-acre urban park located along the Passaic River in East Newark, NJ. The park will include walking paths, an elevated walkway along the river, pollinator gardens, plantings of native trees and vegetation, a small wetland area, and open green spaces for recreation. When complete, the East Newark Riverfront Park will provide public access to the Passaic River shoreline, and outdoor recreational opportunities for community members in an area impacted by industry and pollution for decades. This will also benefit migratory birds and other wildlife passing through the urban landscape of the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan area by creating foraging, nesting, and resting habitat.
As part of an interim settlement, the BASF Corporation, a potentially responsible party (PRP) at the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site and Berry's Creek Study Area, will fund the design, construction, and 30-year stewardship of East Newark Riverfront Park. Once completed, this will offset a portion of BASF's alleged liability for natural resource damages at the two sites. This project serves as an example of an early restoration project that compensates the public for the damage or loss of natural resources, while promoting environmental justice. The park is expected to open in spring 2024.
County or Municipal
Fish and Wildlife Service
Breaking ground on a new riverfront park in East Newark, NJ on August 12, 2022., Credit: Sarah Scheaffer, USFWS
The project area before construction in August 2022., Credit: Chris Marksbury, CM Photos
New Jersey Ecological Services Field Office
4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 4, Galloway, NJ 08205 | (609) 383-3938 | http://www.fws.gov/northeast/njfieldoffice/