Getting Ready for the New Jersey Meadowlands Festival

February, 2002

We’re hard at work, raising tents, putting out flags, getting ready for the big day. We had special help today from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission who sent two TrashCat™ trash skimmers built by United Marine International to clean debris from the Hackensack River.

S.V. Bay of Newark, the large trash skimmer, at the boat launch at Laurel Hill

S.V. Bay of Newark, the large trash skimmer, at the boat launch at Laurel Hill waiting for a trip out on the Hackensack.

River Restoration personnel from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were on hand to answer questions from those who came by to watch the crews at work. We went out on the river with the crews to observe and photograph these incredible machines.

S.V. Passaic Valley, the smaller trash skimmer also waits at the dock.

S.V. Passaic Valley, the smaller trash skimmer also waits at the dock.

The front of the craft has vertical conveyor belts that grab debris in the water and pull it toward the slanted conveyor belt which deposits the debris in the container that sits at the back of the boat.

The grabbing process at work by the large trash skimmer S.V. Bay of Newark

The grabbing process at work by the large skimmer S.V. Bay of Newark

Trash Skimmers On The River

The skimmers head out onto the river to do their work for RiverFest.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission thanks the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Robert DeVita – River Restoration Program Manager and his staff for all their help.

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners’ River Restoration Program has received a WAVE award from the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA) in the Forward Thinking category. This statewide award is presented annually for outstanding achievement in the environmental field.

Excerpted from The NJ Meadowlands Commission Website