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Author Talk: Judy Auer Shaw, The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy

July 2, 2015
The Raritan River

The Raritan River tells the story of a region where areas protected for their natural resources meet lands ravaged by industrialization and the reckless pursuit of commerce.

Judy Shaw kayaking the Raritan Bay.  Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper Bill Schultz.

Judy Shaw kayaking the Raritan Bay. Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper Bill Schultz.

Judy Auer Shaw, director of the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and senior research specialist at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will deliver a presentation about her book, The Raritan River:  Our Landscape, Our Legacy, on Tuesday, August 4, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Alexander Library’s Scholarly Communications Center Teleconference Lecture Hall.  Admission is free and includes a chance to win a copy of Shaw’s book.  Light refreshments will be served.   RVSP online here.

The Raritan River is far more than just the inspiration for the university’s alma mater.  At 90 miles long with over 2,000 miles of tributary streams and brooks, it is the longest river contained completely in New Jersey.   It hosts the longest contiguous wildlife corridor in the state and is a vital source of recreation and drinking water for millions of residents.  At the same time, however, decades of extensive urbanization and industrialization in the region have led to reduced water quality and severely damaged wildlife habitats.

With over 350 photographs and 20 paintings, The Raritan River details the Raritan’s striking biodiversity and the variety of human activities that take place along its banks, tracing its story through history and demonstrating how we can work together to better steward the area’s natural resources for future generations.

“Judy Shaw focuses on the incredible array of dedicated individuals and organizations who work to restore the Queen of Rivers to its former grandeur.  As someone who canoed the Raritan in my youth, and who has lived along its banks, I salute the unsung heroes featured here, as well as the vibrant partnerships that serve as a model for citizens everywhere who would save and enjoy their own rivers,” said Michael Catania, executive director of Duke Farms.

This event is the last in a series of author talks being held at Alexander Library this summer, sponsored by Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies New Brunswick Summer Session Office in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries.

Visitors may park in Lot 26, Lot 30 and the College Avenue Deck without permits. Special event parking is only for visitors to the university and does not include free metered parking. Faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots for which they have authorization.  For more information, call University Libraries Administration at 848-932-7505.