Letter Perfect

Using The Power Of The Pen To Effect Change

In 1988, the old fishing pier along the banks of the Hudson River was rotting, but underneath it lay an ipso facto nursery for striped bass. A sandy stretch of land off Liberty State Park in Jersey City, environmentalists called it the last tidal flat in the Hudson Estuary. City officials wanted to sell is for industrial use. Local activist Audrey Zapp wanted the bass to keep laying eggs there. She proceeded to ask every environmental group in New Jersey to write letters urging the stat to save the tidal flat.