Great Falls in Paterson shut down for cleanup

Crews diverted water from the Great Falls in Paterson today to conduct an annual cleanup of the river bed.

The cascading water was diverted into a hydroelectric plant, allowing crews to work on the edge of the falls. The process started early this morning and took hours to complete.

Crews from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, along with 50 student volunteers from International High School, removed more than five tons of debris from the river bed.

"Shutting off the falls is not an easy decision, but it has to be done if you want to clean it," says Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).

The 77-foot Great Falls of the Passaic River is one of the country's largest waterfalls. There are cleanups held several times a year. Efforts have been picked up since it was granted national park status.

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