- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LYNDHURST, N.J. (AP) - A state laboratory conducting ecological research in the Meadowlands is set to be taken over by Rutgers-Newark.

The Record reports (http://bit.ly/1CKMJ4V ) the fate of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute had been in jeopardy following a new state law that called for the institution to transition from the state government to a non-profit organization.

Scientists feared that MERI would be forced to downsize or potentially fold if it had to raise funds on its own.

A resolution adopted Thursday by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority puts the institute under control of Rutgers-Newark’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

MERI previously conducted projects to help the region’s polluted wetlands as part of the state Meadowlands Commission.

The institute will continue its work and give Rutgers professors and students a field station to conduct their own research.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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