2018 Geological Association of New Jersey Annual Conference and Field Trip

Hydrology, Hydrodynamics, and Water Supply
in New Jersey and the Delaware River Basin

Friday, October 19, 2018 - Conference

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The theme for the 2018 Geological Association of New Jersey (GANJ) annual conference and field trip will be water, hydrogeology, and water supply in New Jersey, with an emphasis on the Delaware Valley. In keeping with our theme, this year's conference will be hosted by America's most decorated battleship: the Battleship New Jersey.
Conference registration will open at 11 AM on Friday, as usual. However, in lieu of a Teacher's Workshop this year, we encourage all attendees to arrive a few hours early for a tour of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial (admission is included as part of this year's registration). You will not only see artifacts from the ship's past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route: sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet, stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept, learn how projectiles were loaded into the 16 gun turret.

Starting at 1 PM, we will convene in the Battleship's conference room to hear presentations by a variety of experts, including representatives of the New Jersey Geological & Water Survey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Delaware River Basin Commission, the American Littoral Society, New Jersey American Water, and Stockton University. Jeffrey L. Hoffman, the New Jersey State Geologist, will be our Keynote Speaker.

Following the Keynote Speaker this year, we have a special treat: a cocktail hour, including a cash bar, will be held on the Battleship's deck, where we can enjoy with extraordinary views of the skyline of the Philadelphia and Camden Waterfronts.

Directions to the Battleship and information regarding parking can be found at:


Following our Friday evening cocktail hour on the Battleship, all registered attendees are invited to join us for dinner. We have reservations at The Victor Pub, located at 1 Market Street in Camden Waterfront, NJ 08102 (less than one mile from the Battleship). www.victorspub.com

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance and payment for dinner will be handled by each attendee personally; payment for dinner is NOT included as part of this year's conference registration fee. However, we ask that those planning to attend indicate this fact while registering so that we can provide the restaurant with a head count as early as possible.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Field Trip

Today the Delaware River, like many geologically significant rivers before it during the past 500 million years, has transported sediments from upland regions to the New Jersey Coastal Plain and metamorphic and Newark Basin provinces of Philadelphia and Bucks County. Once upon a time, 100 years ago, the Delaware corridor was easy to tour geologically, with scores of clay mines, sand and gravel quarries, and rock quarries to visit. Today, those mines and quarries are largely converted to housing tracts or heavily overgrown.

For this year's field trip, therefore, GANJ will doing something different: a four hour cruise of the tidal reach of the Delaware River, from Philadelphia, PA to the Bordentown, NJ area and return. GANJ’s 2018 geologic and hydrogeologic field trip will be aboard the yacht “Freedom Elite,”

allowing us to provide an overview of those geologic features that can be viewed from the center of our scenic river aboard a pleasure yacht that is more palatial than the Minnow and more capably handled than by the Skipper and Gilligan.

The boat trip is being led by multiple NJ geologists who study the Delaware and its sediments and study the sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks that underlie the urban and suburban regions of the Delaware River corridor. Additional speakers will be present to discuss and describe the geologic features and history of the river. The boat will leave at 9 AM and return at 1PM. Boarding of the boat will start at 8:45 AM

The cruise will also include food and beverages. For those so inclined, a separate cash bar is available during the cruise. Please note that while casual attire is acceptable for cruises such as the one we have scheduled this year, the Freedom Elite discourages T-shirts, jeans and athletic shoes.

Additional information on the Freedom Elite Yacht and the amenities that will be available to us during our visit are available on the following web page.


The Freedom Elite departs from Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA. Directions and information regarding parking can be found here:


Registration for the field trip is a first come-first serve basis, as there is a hard limit to the space available on the Freedom Elite.


Mailed and on-line registrations will be accepted until October 6, 2018. On-site registrations will be accepted on Friday, October 19th if space is available. No on-site registrations will be accepted on Saturday, October 20th. 

Overnight Accommodations

Each conference attendee is responsible for their own hotel/motel accommodations. Due to the large number of available facilities in the area, special arrangements/group discounts have not been established.

Professional Development/Continuing Education Credits

If attendance at the GANJ annual meeting is considered by your school or other organization as an acceptable professional development activity, GANJ will provide annual meeting certificates of attendance. Four (4) hours will be credited for the Friday presentations and four (4) hours for Saturday’s field trip. If you will need a certificate of attendance, please note this with your registration. Professional development credits will only be issued for professional registrations.


Most guidebooks are available as free pdf downloads from www.ganj.org. In addition, original print copies of some past guidebooks are available for $20.00. To check availability, To order a specific print copy version, please email webmaster@ganj.org. A print-on-demand option is also available through our on-line store. Prices for this option vary.

A complete list of past publications is available here.