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GSWA has a reference library for public use. If you’re curious about the history of the Great Swamp, need to do research for a school project or term paper, or just want to peruse the variety of materials (books, videos, white papers, newspaper clippings, etc.) that can be found in our library, please give us a call at 973-538-3500 to let us know when you’d like to come by. We ask that you schedule an appointment for a weekday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make sure someone will be available to assist you.

If you have questions or comments, or would be interested in donating reference materials to the library, contact

Section Index

Click on a section title or number to go to the page for that section.

Title Section #
New Jersey State-Level Development and Redevelopment Plans
  • Statewide policy structure/goals/strategies
  • Legislated resource planning and management — centers and planning areas
New Jersey Statutes and Regulations (including township ordinances)
  • Township Master Plans (Recycling Plan Element; Environmental Plan Element; Housing Element; Circulation (traffic) Plan Element; Open Space Element; Community Facilities Plan Element; Land Use Plan Element)
  • Soil removal
  • Tree removal and protection
  • Steep slope restrictions
  • Wetlands protection
  • Soil erosion control
  • Stream corridor protection
  • Storm water management
  • Contaminated sites
  • Individual sanitary sewer disposal
Water Quality: General
  • Best management practices
  • Town planning for clean water
  • Hydrologic modeling for the watershed
  • Water flow monitoring
  • Ground water re-charge and discharge
Storm Water Management 4.0000
Wetlands, Aquifers and Springs 5.0000
Drinking Water and Drinking Water Supply 6.0000
Nonpoint-Source Water Pollution 7.0000
Water Treatment Facilities 8.0000
Air Quality (Acid Rain)
  • Damaged waters
Land Use Planning: General
  • Private property rights
  • Reconciling the Master Plan and Zoning
Greenways and Community “Open Space” 11.0000
Urban Planning and Urban Sprawl 12.0000
Site Cleanups and Remediation 13.0000
Residential Landscape Management By Homeowners
  • Conservation easements
  • Buying and selling land
  • Land donation
  • Controlling insects and weeds
  • Drainage and wet basements
  • Controlling erosion
Macro Views of the Beauty of Natural Areas and Strategies for Sustainability
  • What is sustainable development?
  • Benefits of plant biodiversity
  • Benchmarks for more careful stewardship of environment
  • Artistic descriptions of particular natural sites
History: GSWA Organization and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
  • Port Authority proposal to build jetport in Great Swamp
  • Newspaper clippings of day-to-day efforts to save Great Swamp
Historic Structures (Buildings) Preservation 17.0000
Animals, Plants, Birds and Fish (including endangered species) 18.0000
Materials NOT Related to GSWA or Environmental Protection 19.0000

Revised 7/14/09