Tests on Fish Raise New Concerns About Estrogen Levels in Drinking Water

Fresh evidence that some New Jersey waterways are being contaminated by estrogens from water-treatment plants and agricultural sources has prompted calls for curbs on development of environmentally sensitive areas and for more research into an issue that may threaten human health… Daniel J. Van Abs, a water-quality specialist and associate research professor at Rutgers University, said there’s no scientific consensus on whether human health is threatened by estrogen in drinking water, but he said some scientists are concerned.

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Opinion: Let Flint Strike Sparks to Address Water-Supply Problems in NJ

Flint is a failure of responsibility, ethics, and morality. Can the unacceptable happen to our water-supply systems? Let’s start with the fundamentals about the water-supply debacle in Flint, MI, where water customers have been exposed to completely unacceptable levels of lead, a neurotoxin. Lead can leach out of water-supply lines within and leading to buildings from the municipal system, and from lead used to join pipe sections both in buildings and in the municipal system. Our nation’s water-supply professionals — operators, engineers, chemists, planners, managers, and regulators — are fully aware of methods necessary to protect customers from lead in the water supply… Daniel J. Van Abs is currently Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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NJ Lawmakers Plan to Reintroduce Bill to Repair Water Infrastructure

See a corroded old fire hydrant made almost 70 years ago? Workers for SUEZ Water pulled this up in Moonachie, discarded the old lead connectors and lowered a new fire hydrant into the ground. This repair cost $5,000. But, fixing all of New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure – where water mains routinely break – carries an almost $18 billion price tag and funding sources seemed to be tapped out, political pressure, weak. That is, until Flint, Mich. But could a Flint scenario actually unfold here in New Jersey?… "I would hope we can avoid having those things come together in New Jersey, but the possibility is there," said Rutgers University Associate Research Professor Daniel Van Abs.

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New Jersey scientist helps cracks genetic code, then gives it away

Ending hunger, conserving the environment and advancing medicine were more important goals to Rutgers Professor Joachim Messing than earning lots of cash. So when he discovered a way to crack the genetic code of humans and plants like rice, corn and wheat, Messing did not patent his work. Instead, he gave away the tools he invented – for free – to his fellow scientists around the world because he believed it was vital for future research.

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Rutgers Gardens Incorporates Student Farm for Outreach and Learning Opportunities

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

A student run farm that has operated at the Hort Farm since 1993 will re-emerge across the lane at Rutgers Gardens. The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs will offer a sequence of interdisciplinary courses involving the organic farm. It also will provide the foundation for a broad spectrum of community outreach and programs, student research opportunities and entrepreneurial pursuits. Read more at Rutgers Today.