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New Documentary Focuses On Efforts To Restore And Revitalize Raritan River

(credit: Edison Wetlands Association)

(credit: Edison Wetlands Association)

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METUCHEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) – An ongoing fight by environmentalists to clean up the longest river in New Jersey has been turned into a documentary.

Rescuing a River: The Raritan” will be shown Tuesday night at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen before airing Wednesday on NJN.

Doors to the documentary screening will open at 6 p.m.

Right now, the Edison Wetlands Association is urging the town of Edison to close a local landfill which they say stopped accepting trash 20 years ago.

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reports: The Revival Of The Raritan River


“There is actually garbage in the Raritan River¬†as a result of this landfill,” Executive Director Bob Speigel said. “Every time the tides come in and out it carries the plastic and the garbage into the river.”

Speigel said they may sue the township like in many other cases which will be outlined in the documentary.

“We’re tired of finding dead birds and dead animals choked with the plastics from these landfills,” Speigel said.

June is Raritan River month. In addition to the movie premiere, The Sustainable River Collaborative will gather Wednesday for the third annual Raritan River Conference at Rutgers University to discuss the restoration, sustainability and future protection of the river.

“The river really is making a revival,” Speigel said.

For more information on the events visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/