Daily Archives: July 14, 2010

MERI Experimental Tidal Turbine

  The NJMC's research arm, the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, has been working on a portable device called a Muskrat Tail that harnesses the power of the tides in the Meadowlands.
   An early prototype generates enough power to run a car battery. This video is a sneak preview.
   The MERI website is here.

Join us on the River Next Week

    NJMC pontoon boat on river-1
   Looking for a great mid-summer diversion? Join the Meadowlands Commission for a pontoon boat eco-tour of the Hackensack River and its celebrated marshes next week.
   The suggested donation for the guided two-hour cruises is just $15 per person, and the views of the estuary and its birds are often spectacular.
   We still have openings for three late-afternoon cruises  on Tuesday, July 20; Wednesday, July 21; and Thursday July 22 — all departing at 5:30 p.m. We also have a morning cruise available for Wednesday, July 28, at 10 a.m.
   The boats leave from our new River Barge Park in Carlstadt. 
   Directions to River Barge Park are in the left-hand column of this blog. For more information and to download registration forms, click below:

   Download Pontoon Registration

  Want to see the estuary from water level? Join us on our three-hour canoe trip on Saturday, July 24 at 8:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Point. Registration is $15 per paddler.
   Directions to River Barge Park are in the left-hand column of this blog. For more information or download registration forms, click below:

Download Canoe Registration Form

DeKorte’s Sensory Garden: A Work In Progress


   If you have been wondering what is going on near the entrance to the Marsh Discovery Trail, wonder no more.
   Workers are hard at work building a sensory garden, part of the Meadowlands Commission's efforts to make the park accessible to all.
   Here's an update from the NJMC's Lisa Cameron:
   "The new Accessible Sensory Garden at DeKorte Park will enable people with disabilities to more fully explore the plant life of DeKorte Park by using touch, smell, sight, and even hearing.
   "A stone retaining wall along an existing walkway will raise plants to within reach of wheelchair users. A short loop trail will provide further access to a wide variety of plants.
"Although designed for people with disabilities, the Accessible Garden will help enhance perceptual skills and increase sensory awareness for all park visitors.  
   "Construction will be complete soon, though planting will not take place until the early fall brings more favorable weather.  Signs designed for maximum accessibility will be added later.
" (Thanks, Lisa!)