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DRBC report: 'No measurable change' to Delaware tributary's water quality

 

One of the recent Delaware River Basin Commission's scientific reports is cause for celebration among Delaware River enthusiasts, but it needs to be parsed in order to be celebrated.

Essentially, the news is that the river water in a 76-mile stretch from Portland Pa./Columbia, N.J., to Trenton, N.J. did not get worse in the approximately 10-year span of sampling.

You might be tempted to think, "No biggie." But wait.

This particular stretch includes the Lehigh River, one of the larger rivers that flow into the Delaware, and the Lehigh is a complicated river. This is how Kate Schmidt from the DRBC described it: "The Lehigh is a complex watershed with an industrial legacy, reservoirs, complex geology, and a high level of development including wastewater treatment."

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No drought for Delaware system yet, but months of dry weather predicted

 

Let brown be the new green. Use water wisely, it's not a limitless resource.

The drought affecting many counties in the Delaware River Basin hasn't let up and three Delaware River Basin counties in Pennsylvania were recently added to that state's list.

But as I noted in a previous story here, a drought in the land around the river doesn't make a drought for the river. Here's the best warning system for a Delaware River drought: the graph that shows ...

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Laura Bittner, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, presents information about a new modeling tool to the Flood Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission, meeting at the United States Geological Survey offices in Lawrenceville, N.J. on Sept.7. Photo by Meg McGuire

DRBC committee hears presentations on flood preparedness, management

 

Floods and their prevention is the main focus of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Flood Advisory Committee. At its meetings, held quarterly, a veritable brains trust gets together either in person or via conference call to share information. Members are from federal organizations such as the United States Geological Survey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Parks Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In addition, there are people from the four-state watershed (and New York City), including academics and professionals in various state agencies, as well as members from business and industry and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Joe Amditis and his friends had "a lot of fun" on their Delaware River canoe trip.

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5 questions with Meg McGuire of Delaware Currents

NJ.NEWS | Sept. 12, 2016

 

Tell us about yourself.

I was a journalist for roughly 30 years when I was suddenly part of a reduction in force – in other words, I was fired. I was looking for another way to practice journalism ...

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Schuylkill Headwaters to receive project grant

Republican Herald | Sept. 8, 2016

 

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area announced Wednesday the distribution of $278,832 in grants to eight projects that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River, including one in Schuylkill County. The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grants were awarded to six projects focusing on storm-water runoff ...

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The dangerous flaw in
flood risk maps

The Atlantic| Sept. 2, 2016

 

Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida last night. Some 200,000 residents have had their power knocked out, and others have been forced to evacuate due to possible storm surge of up to nine feet. Although the category-one hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, the National Weather Service estimates that some Florida communities could see as much as ...

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Pipeline includes near
90-degree turns

The Morning Call | Sept. 7, 2016

 

The latest route of the PennEast natural gas pipeline through Bethlehem Township has the pipe making nearly 90 degree turns around a state PennDOT supply yard, under Route 33 and then going beneath the parking lot of a shopping center. While the route was not the focus of discussion during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners ...

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Study assesses threats to groundwater availability

Water Online | Sept. 6, 2016

 

Threats to groundwater availability and sustainability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain are dependent to a large degree by the type of aquifers used for water supply, according to a new regional assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. The water challenges faced in the highly populated area ...

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$120M ruling against Citgo
in 2004 Delaware spill

philly.com | Sept. 8, 2016

 

After 12 years, three trials, and 70 days of court testimony, a federal district judge in Philadelphia has ruled in favor of the Greek owners and operators of the oil tanker Athos I, which struck an anchor in the Delaware River in November 2004 as it nudged toward the Citgo refinery dock in Paulsboro. ...

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Rising oceans could push NJ's coastal population inland

The Press | Sept. 6, 2016

 

People may need to move from the coast in the next few decades if sinking land combines with potential sea rise as some scientists predict, according to a nonprofit looking for ways to minimize losses due to floods. And planning should start now on how to discourage coastal development ...

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Flooding of coast, caused by global warming, has begun

The New York Times | Sept. 3, 2016

 

Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through. Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year ...

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