There is an aquaponics program located in the heart of Newark New Jersey’s Central Ward that belies its urban setting – literally taking its visitors to another time and place… This project is a partnership between the Metropolitan Reassertion Community Development Corporation (MRCDC), which is the development arm of Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group (CPG), a group of companies dedicated to helping clean up the Lower Passaic. In close cooperation with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, the new center aims to hire and train unemployed veterans to run an aquaponics program that will raise hybrid tilapia and vegetables in an area of the City where healthy food sources are badly needed. The program will also provide veterans with training in sustainable landscaping and stormwater management, river restoration and small business management… "The fish exchange is being introduced in order to reduce the human health risk associated with the ingestion of contaminated fish," explained Dr. Amy Rowe, Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex/Passaic Counties. "Community members will be educated by the veterans in this program about the risks of eating contaminated fish, as well as all the ways that Newark residents can do their part to help improve the overall health of the Passaic River."
/ / Veterans Environmental Technology & Solutions Program Teams with Rutgers to Bring the Passaic River Back to Newark