New Jersey's Environments: Past, Present, and Future

New Jersey's Environments: Past, Present, and Future

by Neil M. Maher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813537193

ISBN-13: 9780813537191

Pub. Date: 02/15/2006

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Americans often think of New Jersey as an environmental nightmare. As seen from its infamous turnpike, which is how many travelers experience the Garden State, it is difficult not to be troubled by the wealth of industrial plants, belching smokestacks, and hills upon hills of landfills. Yet those living and working in New Jersey often experience a very different

Overview

Americans often think of New Jersey as an environmental nightmare. As seen from its infamous turnpike, which is how many travelers experience the Garden State, it is difficult not to be troubled by the wealth of industrial plants, belching smokestacks, and hills upon hills of landfills. Yet those living and working in New Jersey often experience a very different environment. Despite its dense population and urban growth, two-thirds of the state remains covered in farmland and forest, and New Jersey has a larger percentage of land dedicated to state parks and forestland than the average for all states. It is this ecological paradox that makes New Jersey important for understanding the relationship between Americans and their natural world.

In New Jersey’s Environments, historians, policy-makers, and earth scientists use a case study approach to uncover the causes and consequences of decisions regarding land use, resources, and conservation. Nine essays consider topics ranging from solid waste and wildlife management to the effects of sprawl on natural disaster preparedness. The state is astonishingly diverse and faces more than the usual competing interests from environmentalists, citizens, and businesses.

This book documents the innovations and compromises created on behalf of and in response to growing environmental concerns in New Jersey, all of which set examples on the local level for nationwide and worldwide efforts that share the goal of protecting the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813537191
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nature's Next Exit? or Why New Jersey Is as Important as Yellowstone National Park1
Part IHistory and Contexts
1A Natural History of the Life and Death of a Great American City: Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1850-200011
2Solid Waste Management in "The Garbage State": New Jersey's Transformation from Landfilling to Incineration28
Part IIPolicy and Law
3Oysters, Public Trust, and the Law in New Jersey51
4Citizen Expertise and Citizen Action in the Creation of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act68
5The Free Fishing Controversy of Sussex County, New Jersey90
Part IIINew Jersey Environments Today
6Tracking New Jersey's Changing Landscape111
7Evaluating the Effects of Historical Land Cover Change on Summertime Weather and Climate in New Jersey128
8A Century of Natural Disasters in a State of Chaning Vulnerability: New Jersey, 1900-1999164
About the Contributors199
Index203

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