Berry's Creek Watershed
The Berry's Creek Watershed in Bergen County, New Jersey, is one of the largest tidal tributaries of the lower Hackensack River. The wetlands associated with Berry's Creek are comprised primarily of emergent brackish marsh and provide important habitat for many fishery resources. In addition, a variety of migratory bird species use the wetland, open water, and upland habitats within and near the Berry's Creek Watershed. The Watershed contains a variety of industrial and commercial properties, including three Superfund sites: the Ventron/Velsicol Site, the Scientific Chemical Processing (SCP) Site, and the Universal Oil Products (UOP) Site. These sites are associated with releases of multiple hazardous substances, including mercury and other metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Federal trustees for natural resources in the Berry's Creek Watershed (NOAA an DOI) recently completed a PAS, which evaluated criteria that must be met for pursuing a NRDAR for the Watershed, and concluded that an assessment of natural resource damages is justified. The Federal Trustees are inviting the Potentially Responsible Parties at the Site to participate in the development, performance, and funding of this assessment.
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