The mud lining the Hackensack River is a mysterious mixture known to contain mercury, cadmium, lead, PCBs and other nasty substances. Now the river is on its way to becoming New Jersey’s 115th Superfund site — and that’s not a bad thing.
In 2012, when Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Hackensack and surrounding Meadowlands, towns were flooded and widespread damage occurred. But the area’s wetlands are believed to have softened the storm’s local impact. As climate change brings more frequent and more intense storms, cleanup efforts and restoration work in the area are becoming more urgent.