Annotated Bibliography-JR

Student Name: Jacob Rappaport

Project Site: Riverfront Park, Newark, New Jersey

  1. Fishing in Urban New Jersey: Ethnicity Affects Information Sources, Perception, and Compliance (Kluwer Academic Publishers,1999), by Joanna Burger, et al. 

Fishing in Urban New Jersey is a peer reviewed source that takes an in-depth look at the correlation between ethnicity and awareness of the water they’re food lives in. This source comes from a section of a journal called Risk Analysis, which highlights environmental problems. This journal entry describes the lack of knowledge that minorities have about the dangers of the water throughout Newark compared to the wealth of knowledge that white people have about the water and the fish they are fishing. This source will be useful when trying to figure out why people still continue to fish in these waters knowing the risk, consequences. 

  1. First Stage of Long-Awaited Lower Passaic River Cleanup Begins;Department of Environmental Protection Stresses Need for a Complete Cleanup of the Passaic River (Targeted News Service LLC,2012), by U.S. State News. 

This news article was published by Targeted News Service LLC, and it describes the cleanup of the Passaic River back in 2012. This article explains the cleanup process and the reasons as to why they were trying to complete such an extensive cleanup in the first place. I plan on using this source to help cement the lack of effort that both the city and state have shown since this cleanup. It’s now 2021, and the Passaic River is still one of the most polluted rivers in the country, how does this happen, and how can we try and prevent the build-up of the pollutants that fill this water, so both the wildlife and people can live a healthy and sanitary lifestyle.  

  1. Polluted Passaic: Healing a Sick Waterway (, 2017) by Andre Malok.

When I found this video on YouTube, I thought Andre Malok, the videographer, did a great job of showing the viewer just how much trash flows through the river. They collect 40,000 pounds of trash every month, which doesn’t even sound possible. This video is going to contribute to my paper because it just helps explain the problems that are caused when catching and eating fish. The trash on the surface makes it almost impossible to believe that any fish caught in there is safe to catch, let alone eat. The first question everyone asks when I tell them how hard it is to fish in Newark is “why?”, well this video explains exactly why.