Bloustein, SEBS Launch New Raritan River Initiative


Raritan River Fall Float
October 11th Raritan River Fall Float

A new Rutgers initiative--the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative—has been launched under the direction of faculty and students from the Bloustein School and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). The initiative was announced in early October and then officially launched on October 11 when kayakers and canoeists journeyed six miles down the Raritan from Piscataway to the boathouse in New Brunswick.

“The Raritan River may well be recovering from over a century of unfettered industrial growth, but data is limited and cleanup has been slow to happen,” said Judy Shaw, senior program associate at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment and the initiative’s project manager. “Our challenge is to simultaneously protect the resource and redevelop this regional asset to ensure its sustained value into the future.”

Dean James W. Hughes observed, “Comprehensive planning for renewal and enhancement of this unique asset will be critical for the economy of the future. Through this process, students will gain real world experience that will enhance their professional credentials.”

According to Shaw, more than 130 major brownfields and over 20 federal Superfund sites are located near the Raritan. At the same time, the public has limited access to the lower stretch of the river with only 10 access points to serve 750,000 residents in the surrounding region.

To learn more, visit the Sustainable Raritan River website





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