Peter Kolesar gets Lee Wulff Award
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum has announced that Peter Kolesar has been given the 2021 Lee Wulff Conservation Award.

Peter Kolesar
Kolesar is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and Special Research Scholar in the Water Center of Columbia’s Earth Institute, but better known in the Upper Delaware River for his work on the water released from New York City’s reservoirs, and the effects of this on the upper river ecosystem, especially on cold-water-loving trout. “The Lee…
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The Delaware Sojourn: a novice’s tale

Over the mountain, round river bends and down gravel roads, camping and kayaking, safety sessions and natural history lessons — it’s all part of the eight-day Delaware River Sojourn. The 26th annual sojourn was held August 6-14 and began in Hancock, N.Y. The Delaware Sojourn is a seven- to eight-day kayaking/canoeing “staycation” trip down the…
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One of the 500 spills cited in Pa. AG report on Mariner East pipeline

Mariner East 2 Pipeline charged in water contamination leaks
The developer of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline faces dozens of counts of violations of Pennsylvania environmental laws related to contaminating waterways.

Rosemary Fuller of Delaware County, Pa., never had a problem with the well water at her house until construction began on a pipeline known as Mariner East 2, which would send natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania to an industrial complex on the Delaware River. A land agent, acting on behalf of the pipeline builder, Sunoco, had…
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Anti-fracking protestors

PennEast project canceled

Quietly and without fanfare, PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that it was abandoning its seven-year battle to ship fracked Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The proposed pipeline’s 116-mile route would have started in Luzerne County, Pa., and run through Carbon, Northampton and Bucks…
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Port Richmond Generating Station lets in a huge amounts of natural light and feels reminiscent of the old Penn Station in New York City.

Power plants on the Delaware: Abandoned but still celebrated

Behemoth buildings that once housed power plants and supplied electricity to Philadelphia dot the Delaware — remains from more than a century ago — that remind us of the history and development of the region. Many of these former generating stations, some of which were built in the early 1900s and the 1910s by the…
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Ida’s fatal power didn’t shock scientists who study how climate change primed the pump

Broadsided by floods and powerful tornadoes, the Philadelphia region was stunned by Ida’s deadly intensity. But to scientists, clues were abundant Ida might prove formidable when it made landfall near Port Fourchon, La., as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29. The scene was set 1,100 miles away for it to make history here three…
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East Branch of the Delaware River in Hancock, N.Y.

UDC awards ceremony set for Sept. 12

The Upper Delaware Council will celebrate those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at an awards ceremony on Sept. 12. New York State Senator Mike Martucci, Republican of the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker. The following recipients will be honored: *Distinguished Service…
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PennEast Pipeline pauses land acquisitions in Pennsylvania

The proposed PennEast Pipeline announced an abrupt halt to legal proceedings to secure needed property easements for its 118-mile Pennsylvania-to-New Jersey natural gas pipeline, a move that raises new questions about the project’s future. PennEast cited a desire to clear regulatory hurdles before resuming the court cases to secure the approximately 70 properties it needs…
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The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area could become a national park.

Plan pushed to make Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area a national park

Legging out at 38 letters, “Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area” does not exactly roll off the tongue.  Now, instead, imagine a moniker like “Delaware Water Gap National Park and Preserve.” Even though that name is longer – at 39 letters – it features the marquee words “national park.”  That’s a phrase that members of…
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A chorus calls for N.Y. State funding for the Upper Delaware

There was an alphabet soup represented on the shores of the Delaware last week: the FUDR, the NYCDEP, the CDRW and the NYLCV. Oh, and the TPL! They were all gathered there for one thing: M-O-N-E-Y. Progress has been made on the federal level getting money back to the upper river, now it’s the turn…
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