Reference Library

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.

Section # Title
1 New Jersey State-Level Development and Redevelopment Plans

  • Statewide policy structure/goals/strategies
  • Legislated resource planning and management — centers and planning areas
2 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
3 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
4 Storm Water Management
5 Wetlands, Aquifers and Springs
6 Drinking Water and Drinking Water Supply
7 Nonpoint-Source Water Pollution
8 Water Treatment Facilities
9 Air Quality (Acid Rain)

  • Damaged waters
10 Land Use Planning: General

  • Private property rights
  • Reconciling the Master Plan and Zoning
11 Greenways and Community “Open Space”
12 Urban Planning and Urban Sprawl
13 Site Cleanups and Remediation
14 Residential Landscape Management By Homeowners

  • Conservation easements
  • Buying and selling land
  • Land donation
  • Controlling insects and weeds
  • Drainage and wet basements
  • Controlling erosion
15 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
16 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
17 Historic Structures (Buildings) Preservation
18 Animals, Plants, Birds and Fish (including endangered species)
19 Materials NOT Related to GSWA or Environmental Protection

Revised 7/14/09