Cumberland County, NJ by Manuel Pompeia
12 images Created 7 May 2014
Located in southern New Jersey (US), Cumberland County surrounds the Delaware Bay with 65 miles of salt marshes. By late 19th century, Cumberland would ship over 80 rail cars a week, making oysters the largest fishery product in the Country. Today, the county is the second poorest of the state, with 37% of its population living below the poverty line. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall, destroying houses along the Bay and re-shaping marine life habitats. Although the county was declared a disaster area, it received 0.11% of the 1.8 billion dollars of federal aid. In a nearby nuclear plant, 3 billion gallons of water are drawn per day from the Delaware River. The plant is thought to be responsible for killing more than 800 million fish each year, four times as many as commercially caught in the Bay.