Bill Schultz of Raritan Riverkeepers will present “Over Time on the Raritan River” on July 30 at the New Brunswick Free Public Library. The program will discuss settlement and city building, the Industrial Revolution, the abandonment of the area by heavy industry, and the legacy remaining. He will cover the uses the river has had, including transportation, farming, fishing, commercial ports, industrial garbage can, and a recreational haven.
Bill began environmental work in 1991 as a volunteer water quality monitor with the NY/NJ Baykeepers. He founded the Baykeeper Boat Auxiliary in 1993 and the Riverkeeper program in 1999. Riverkeepers work on conservation advocacy by stopping pollution, championing public access, and influencing land use policy decisions. Riverkeepers pursue opportunities for land preservation, habitat restoration, and advancing knowledge of the environmental and biological importance of this valuable recreational and cultural resource. Bill will bring information
about Riverkeepers for those wishing to join the effort to clean and preserve the Raritan River.
This event is part of the library’s NJ350 celebration as well as the Adult Summer Reading Program. For more information please call the library at (732) 745-5108, ext. 20 or visit www.nbfpl.org/events.