The Pequest River skips down to the Delaware in a series of small waterfalls. Here, in Belvidere, N.J. the Delaware River Basin Commission sampled water both from the main stem river as well as this tributary. Photo by Meg McGuire
The Belvidere Bridge, from the New Jersey side, operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. This bridge is free, following the pattern that free bridges and toll bridges alternate up the river. Photo by Meg McGuire
Looking south at the Delaware River, from Belvidere, N.J.. The Pequest River flows into the Delaware at the lower left of the photo. Photo by Meg McGuire
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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."
No drought for Delaware system yet, but months of dry weather predicted
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.
A small tribe of river cleaner-uppers will tackle the Delaware River from Barryville south to Pond Eddy, N.Y., as part of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe River Clean Up. They are Cassidy Reice, Lilia Kaczmarzyk, Braden Cays, Donna Cays, Adam Kaczmarzyk, Danuta Nowicka, Dominique Pappa and Becky Jo Baker. Video by Meg McGuire
Listen to some of the many volunteers who made both days of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe Clean On and Under the Delaware River a great success – from as near as Sandyston, N.J. and as far away as Sitka, Alaska (yep, Alaska!). Video by Meg McGuire
listen to the SOUNDS of the river
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Joe Amditis and his friends had "a lot of fun" on their Delaware River canoe trip.
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