Daily Record: Clean Water Act is a success, says environmentalist Robert Spiegel
Edison Boat Basin
Photo courtesy of Edison Wetlands Association
New Jersey is the most densely populated, overcrowded state in the nation, and the environmental problems facing our state are well documented. Yet that reputation makes it easy to lose sight of one key fact — New Jersey’s waters have greatly improved over the last few decades.
Perhaps no example is as dramatic as the Raritan River, the longest river solely in the state. For nearly a century, the Raritan served as an epicenter for industry, and that legacy had major environmental ramifications. The waters of the Raritan River and its tributaries were little more than an open sewer for decades, with industrial and municipal waste dumped into them without a second thought.