In Cumberland County, the Maurice River flows. It flows through farmlands, forests, and suburbs, ultimately emptying into the Delaware Bay. In 1983, a wastewater lagoon at a pesticide plant near the river collapsed, transporting tons of arsenic and killing the vegetation and wildlife in its path. The investigation into this event led to a closer look at the remnant footprints of industry and area development. The re-routing, excavation, dam construction is a compelling story and a starting point for discussion on what can be learned from this type of incident.
Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Thomas Belton is an author, journalist, environmental scientist and a marine biologist. He has published short stories in Cicada and Art Times, feature articles in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer as well as numerous magazines. Having worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 25 years as a research scientist, Tom is currently a Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.