Exploring New Jersey’s Estuarine Waterways
Is the Raritan River ecosystem devoid of life or is it on its way back to becoming the “Queen of Rivers”? How are New Jersey’s rivers connected to the NY/NJ Harbor and the sea? Can the New Jersey Meadowlands keep up with sea level rise? After decades of declining water quality due to industrial activity, waterborne commerce, and population growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, the health of New Jersey’s waterways has improved substantially over the last 30 years. In this seminar we will explore the physical structure and current health of local waterways, including the Raritan and Hudson Rivers, Raritan Bay, Newark Bay, and the New Jersey Meadowlands in ship-board and shoreline surveys.