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Premieres on NJN1: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 9 pm
Additional Times on NJN1: Saturday, June 18 at 3 pm • Monday, June 20 at 8 pm


The Raritan River runs through the center of New Jersey, with upper reaches that are incredibly beautiful, providing a valuable source of water for more than a million people.  But industry took hold of the lower Raritan early on and left its mark.

This one-hour documentary, narrated by actor Avery Brooks, tells the compelling story of a river that has been profoundly contaminated over 200 years and of the extraordinary efforts to clean it up.  It reveals how government agencies, powerful corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists and lawyers have all clashed in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect. 

Over the past 40 years much has improved.  Flagrant dumping has been stopped.  But the job of cleaning our land and water is hardly complete.

NJN's documentary special, Rescuing the River, takes viewers on a boat trip down the lower ten miles of the Raritan and gives them a close and unflinching look at four notorious toxic sites to see how our rivers became so abused and why it has been so vexingly difficult to fix the problem.

“Rescuing the River: The Raritan” was made possible with support from the Cape Branch Foundation, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities*, and, the Mushett Family Foundation, which believes that “we are all one family in protecting the environment."

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