EHS Support Welcomes 2024 Summer Program Interns

EHS Support’s 2024 Summer Internship Program kicked off on June 10 with a talented, multi-disciplinary team of students from science and engineering backgrounds with varying knowledge in hydrogeology, ecology, chemistry, engineering, and data science/geographic information systems.

The 10-week assignment (June 10 to August 16) is focused on a regional-scale assessment of the Lower Hackensack River in New Jersey. This year’s program will continue to build on the work completed by interns from the 2022 and 2023 cohorts to bolster our conceptual understanding of the river, compile and analyze additional in-river data, and expand our working knowledge of the history of this waterway.

INTERNSHIP PROJECT ASSIGNMENT

The Project Assignment will build on an ongoing regional-scale assessment of the Lower Hackensack River in New Jersey. Land development and urban revitalization projects are placing greater focus on the opportunities for these areas to provide societal and ecological functions. The primary objective of the regional-scale waterway assessment is to define the potential sources and pathways of chemical and physical stressors to the urban waterway that may be impacting human health and ecological receptors. The work will define the state of knowledge regarding historical and current environmental conditions within the waterway and its surrounding watershed and, in the context of future urban planning/development, define future societal demands and opportunities to restore ecological functions. The findings of the assessment will be used to define the scope of anticipated investigations and potential management options to support future remediation and restoration of ecological and societal functions.

The project team will leverage historical data and reports prepared by industry and government agencies, current and historical infrastructure information, peer-reviewed literature studies, and high-resolution imagery to define the potential contributions to, and impacts on, a tidal river and estuarine system. Analytical chemistry data and spatial datasets will be compiled to support the assessment and will be integrated into a comprehensive geospatial database for the watershed to facilitate analyses at spatial scales ranging from individual sites to watershed-level assessments. As part of the analysis, preliminary conceptualizations of linkages between sites and impacts (contributions) will be developed and team members will have the opportunity to explore forensic and statistical analysis techniques to further evaluate linkages between sites and impacts.

Welcome to the EHS Support Team!

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