The Role of Contanimation in the Development of Vegetative Assemblages on an Urban Brownfield:

Throughout the world activities associated with the industrial revolution have lead to the contamination of many urban landscapes. Where a direct threat to human health could be documented, mitigation of these contaminants is normally a priority, however, those that are less contaminated and not a direct threat to humans have proven more difficult to identify and remediate. At Liberty State Park soil metals exist at concentrations above those considered ambient for New Jersey’s and in several cases above the states soil screening criteria. Due to its strategic location, aesthetic and ecological values, restoration via soil removal or capping have been eliminated as viable options. An alternative mitigation plan, one that examines the relationship between the endemic vegetation assemblages and the soil metal contamination is being explored.