Library Hosts Screening Of Raritan River Documentary

CRANFORD—The Cranford Public Library will host a screening of a documentary film “Rescuing the River: The Raritan,” on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

The Raritan River runs through the center of New Jersey, with upper reaches that are incredibly beautiful, providing forests, hiking trails, and a valuable source of water for more than a million people. However, the lower 14 miles of the river, which flow to the Atlantic Ocean next to New York City, have been profoundly contaminated with 200 years of industrial pollution.

Originally aired by NJN, “Rescuing the River” tells the compelling story of how the river has suffered and of the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. It reveals how government agencies, powerful corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have all clashed in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of years of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

Part of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ “Face to Face: Community Conversations” program, the one-hour film will be introduced and discussed by James G. Blaine, a journalist, teacher and consultant whose work focuses primarily on environmental, urban and social issues. He is executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative Journalism. In addition, Mr. Blaine has worked with the Stroud Water Research Center, a non-profit dedicated to research and education on fresh water, for 15 years in a variety of roles. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

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