New Jersey

PROCLAMATION


WHEREAS, the earth sciences, and the knowledge gained regarding geology, soils, and ground water, are fundamental to the safety, health, welfare and prosperity of the people of the State of New Jersey; and 

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to the discovery, prudent use, and conservation of mineral, energy, water resources, and the preservation of selected open space needed for a sustainable state; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are crucial in preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, droughts, sinkholes, landslides and coastal erosion; and 

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are the foundation for resolving environmental issues ranging from climate change and water quality to waste disposal and land use; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are vital in identifying, planning, developing, and conserving the surface and groundwater supplies necessary for New Jersey's drinking, recreational, and industrial needs; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute critical information that enhances our understanding of economic and environmental issues, especially pertinent to the State of New Jersey, such as dredging our waterways, protecting our shore, replenishing our beaches, and mining sand, gravel and stone for our highways and structures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim
 

OCTOBER 10 THROUGH OCTOBER 16, 1999

as

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK