Majoring in Physics makes me focus on the very minute or the very grand. In my studies I never focused on the world directly around me. Always being interested in the sea I looked to the area right around my hometown of Staten Island. I looked away from the obvious, like the massive dumping site and the direct to ocean sewage pipes, I focused more on the unknown. I found information that the river between boarding Staten Island was once an area full of flora and fauna. Seeing this less known atrocity I wanted to spread the news about what happened.
Project Site Description:
Bordering New York and New Jersey is a small river named the Arthur Kill. Pre 1900’s the river was teeming with wild oyster beds ready to be caught and enjoyed by locals. In the beginning of the 1900’s this population started to decline. The recovery of these beds is slow but steady as people working on both sides of the river attempt to rebuild this once full river. Throughout this long time period of prosperity to decline to recovery it is questioned as to who can be responsible for the devastation. More importantly how did the actions of the devastators affect communities which used the beds as their main source of income. It is also important to wonder how the violators reacted to being reprimanded as well as what their reasons for destruction were. With constant waterbed pollution across the world it is important to look to recognize the violators. The oysters of Arthur Kill are a small example of affected species which are affected by the world’s growing pollution.
Class, Toxics, Water, Pollution, Business