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Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project


The Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project (CARP) is a landmark project bringing together federal, state and non-government partners in a determined effort to reduce contamination within the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary, particularly as it relates to dredged material management. Contamination of sediments by PCBs, dioxin and other toxic chemicals is widespread. This has resulted in significantly increased dredging and disposal costs in the Harbor as well as other impacts to the health of the estuary.

CARP brought together federal, state and non-government partners in a determined effort to reduce contamination within the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. The CARP Summary Report provides a brief overview of all the data and modeling results conducted under CARP from 1999 through 2006. The report is meant to serve as a reference tool and roadmap to the more detailed information found in the numerous technical reports, data archives, modeling reports and research papers.

Citation: Lodge, J., Landeck Miller, R.E., Suszkowski, D., Litten, S., Douglas, S. 2015. Contaminant Assessment and Reduction Project Summary Report. Hudson River Foundation, New York, NY.

Watch James Lodge, Senior Scientist at the Hudson River Foundation, and partners collecting sediment samples in the NY Harbor as part of the Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project in 2019:

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