6/29/12 Volume XLV, No. 26
Chances are you’ve never heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But if you live in New Jersey, you will be pleased to know that this federal fund has created parks and protected open spaces near you.
All five of New Jersey’s national wildlife refuges were preserved with funds from this program, as well as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian Trail and many national historic sites. Matching grants have helped fund local, county and state . . .
6/22/12 Volume XLV, No. 25
Caviar, salted sturgeon eggs, is a delicacy most often associated with Russia … the “treat of tsars.” New Jerseyans may be surprised, then, to learn that this state we’re in was once world-famous for its own caviar.
In the late 1800s, the Delaware Bay and Delaware River were one of the planet’s most productive sturgeon fisheries, helping make the United States the world’s top caviar exporter.
The Delaware Bay even had its own . . .
6/15/12 Volume XLV, No. 24
Imagine living a stone’s throw from a river but never seeing it or strolling along its banks. That’s what happens in older industrial cities like Newark, where views of riverfronts are often blocked by a landscape of factories, warehouses and shipping terminals.
I recently spoke with Joe Della Fave, executive director of the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, who told of families who live only blocks from the Passaic River but were barely aware of its existence. . . .
6/8/12 Volume XLV, No. 23
When you hear “Farm Bill,” you probably think of huge corn, wheat and sugar subsidies.
Now up for re-authorization for the first time since 2008, the Farm Bill is a behemoth piece of legislation that’s been said – without exaggeration – to cover “everything we eat, wear and drive.” Not surprisingly, it impacts the environment, local economies and our public health.
But what you may not know is that every year, thousands of acres of . . .