Spotlights

Earth Day Lecture (Tuesday 4/22) Explores Human Impact on the Delaware River

Bruce Stutz, environmental historian, journalist, and author of Natural Lives, Modern Times, People and Places of the Delaware River, will speak about the environmental history of the Delaware River on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 at the David Library of the American Revolution.

National Environmental Education Week is around the corner

April 13-19, 2014 is National Environmental Education Week. The week long event offers a wonderful opportunity to raise public awareness about the value of environmental education programs for all ages.

Submit a design for the 2014 Top Ten Beaches Rain Barrel Art Project

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program are teaming up to use rain barrels as a partnership project for New Jersey Top Ten Beaches 2014. Rain barrels help the environment by reducing the amount of rain that flows into storm drain systems. Rutgers has donated ten fully outfitted barrels prepped as blank canvasses to be painted with iconic coastal, beach, bay, ocean and boardwalk scenes and images commemorating the Jersey Shore.

Rescuing the River: The Raritan

Narrated by actor Avery Brooks, this hour-long documentary from NJTV 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.

The New Jersey Pinelands: More than just the New Jersey Devil!

We have started digitizing and uploading a collection of over 100 New Jersey Pinelands Commission reports covering a large range of topics related to the Pinelands National Reserve. The collection spans the whole of the 1980s and 1990s and covers dozens of fascinating topics including the important Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan from 1980, endangered plants and animals of the Pinelands, and even an assessment of the regions prehistoric archeological resources!

Just in time for summer - how did NJ manage mosquito control in the 1900's?

Take a look at these Mosquito Extermination Commission Reports from the early 1900's.  There is additional information about pesticide use in NJEDL as well. In New Jersey, organized mosquito control work began in the early 1900s following the discovery that mosquitoes were directly responsible for the transmission of some of the most deadly diseases known to man and his animals. 

Shellfish Maps are here. . . .
New Jersey Landscape Project

What is the Landscape Project?  The Landscape Project is a pro-active, ecosystem-level approach for the long-term protection of imperiled species and their important habitats in New Jersey. The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) began the project in 1994. Its goal: to protect New Jersey's biological diversity by maintaining and enhancing imperiled wildlife populations within healthy, functioning ecosystems.

Winter Energy Efficiency

Looking for more energy efficent ways to keep your house warm in the winter?  Several organizations publish information on how to keep homes warm in the winter while combating global climet change and economic difficulties.  Here are some tips for keeping your home energy efficienct. 

For the our entire collection on energy efficiency year round click here.

Riparian & Stream Survey

The Riparian & Stream Survey is a collection of historic maps created in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.  These maps provide a level of detail of New Jersey coastlines that is rarely seen in other historic maps.  The survey, completed by the Works Progress Administration (formally the Emergency Relief Administration), was a means to stimulate work for draftsmen and surveyors. The Bureau of Tideland Management provided these maps to NJEDL’s collection for their historical significance and to provide public access.

The list of maps can be found here.