The Raritan Watershed

NWNL offers this list as a helpful resource,
but does not necessarily endorse the viewpoints of the videos below.

Rescuing the River: The Raritan by NJTV Specials, 2012 (57:29).

Description by NJTV: This documentary tells the story of New Jersey’s Raritan River, a water source profoundly contaminated for over 200 years, and the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. The film reveals how government agencies, corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have clashed for years in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

NWNL Comment: Many of the voices of Raritan stakeholder groups are heard in this hour-long video describing the Raritan. The watershed’s story of toxic industrial chemicals represents a history of ignorance and disrespect of rivers in the US. Only recently has remediation begun to restore this “Queen of Rivers” to a healthy status that will protect the health of its human residents, flora and fauna.

Classroom on the Water: The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School by NYC Media for NY Harbor School, 2011 (26:48).

Description by NYC Media: “Classroom on the Water: The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School”, chronicles the achievements of the Harbor School and its journey to its new home on Governors Island.

NWNL Comment: This new and innovative environmental maritime school based on NY Harbor is making a difference in the quality of the lives of NYC high school students and in the quality of New York’s Hudson Bay and New Jersey’s Raritan Bay. NWNL is investigating the students’ role in restoring oyster beds as a means of naturally cleaning up the NYC-NJ estuaries.

Raritan River Basin: A Sustainable Perspective for New Jersey by Associated Pictures LLC with NWNL, 2011 (3:08).

NWNL Comment: New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin represents the smallest of NWNL’s 6 case-study watersheds in Africa and North America. Associated Pictures created this piece to help NWNL raise awareness of the many values of the Raritan River as it flows through the nation’s most densely-populated state. (For a larger view and more info, see A Sustainable Perspective in NWNL’s Raritan River Basin pages.)

Scientists study fish to help determine the health of area stream by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger, 2010 (2:58).

Description by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger: Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Shawn Crouse, along with seasonal workers, are electrofishing a small tributary to the South Branch of the Raritan River near Budd Lake to identify and measure fish. The technique uses a backpack battery unit and hand held probe to deliver electrical current into the water. Fish near the probe will feel the electrical shock and temporarily lose muscle control. Workers with nets can then collect the fish more easily for the study before they are returned to the water. The species being targeted are trout since they are an excellent indicator of the health and condition of a stream. The presence of reproducing trout may determine the level of protection the surrounding land will receive from the Department of Environmental Protection.

NWNL Comment: Using batteries and hand-held probes, NJ fish biologists are helping to assess the role DEP should exert to maintain trout. These scientific probes and studies will help maintain the biodiversity of the Upper Raritan as well as the quality of fresh water in the Raritan Basin, New Jersey’s largest drainage, and a NWNL case-study watershed.