Delaware River drownings: Persistent and preventable

Here’s a terrifying prediction about drownings in the two National Park units on the Delaware River: According to the data: Our next victim will be a 27-year-old male from NJ. He will drown while swimming in the river without a lifejacket on a Saturday afternoon in July or August. It will happen between 3 and…
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New obstacles loom large for Wyalusing-Gibbstown LNG project

A contentious plan to export liquified natural gas from a Delaware River port faces new political, economic and environmental headwinds that raise questions about its future. A new White House administration, a global market that was once white-hot that has considerably cooled in the past two years and pandemic-related workforce disruptions cast long shadows over…
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Meg McGuire, founder of Delaware Currents, is honored by PennFuture

Meg McGuire, the founder, publisher and editor of Delaware Currents, an online news magazine dedicated to covering the Delaware River and its watershed, has been named PennFuture’s 2021 Woman of Environmental Media, Marketing and Communications. The recognition honors a person who has established herself as “a credible source for presenting the public with information about…
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Know (and tame) your knotweed

Gathered on the banks of the East Branch of the Delaware River, they all had their stories to tell of an ongoing battle with knotweed, which on this sunny Saturday morning grew tall enough to blot out any view of the river, not more than 50 feet away. “Knotweed has taken away my joy,” said…
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of PennEast Pipeline’s Use of Eminent Domain

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a company behind a proposed Pennsylvania-to-New Jersey natural gas pipeline has the authority to use eminent domain to acquire lands controlled by New Jersey for the project. The justices ruled 5-4 that the PennEast Pipeline can initiate condemnation proceedings against the state for the 116-mile project, which…
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Water Table: Building consensus among the Delaware River’s stakeholders

If in the past five years, you’ve talked to Kathy Klein, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, you’ve no doubt heard her hopes to develop a watershed-wide group focused on water quality that is open to all of the very divergent watershed stakeholders: from academics, to advocacy groups, to industry, to the…
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Federal judge dismisses fracking lawsuit brought by 2 Pa. state lawmakers

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania Republican state lawmakers against the Delaware River Basin Commission in which they claimed a moratorium the agency imposed on fracking for natural gas was a regulatory overreach. The suit, which was brought by state Senators Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker, said a 2009 moratorium…
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Meet Jennifer Garigliano: “Do you know me? I’m not a quiet person.”
The new president of the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin

The Delaware River is 330 miles long, but only if you don’t include the two branches that snake into New York.  Understanding the whole river from its sources to where it empties into the Atlantic is the goal of the new president of the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin (more on that…
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One Bug: A day on the Delaware

When I get a chance to get onto the Delaware River, I jump at the opportunity, especially the upper river, where trout fishing flourishes. Jeff Skelding, the executive director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware, invited me to its One Bug fly-fishing event — a two-day trout-fishing competition where the biggest prize is bragging…
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Gibbstown LNG Dock 1 got Coast Guard’s “Letter of Recommendation”
Letter dated Dec. 18, 2019

A port in Gibbstown, N.J., that will play a pivotal role in a plan to transport liquified natural gas from Pennsylvania and export it to foreign markets via the Delaware River has gained a critical endorsement from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2019, Delaware Currents has confirmed. The Coast Guard’s “Letter of Recommendation” for the…
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Lampreys: ugly? Maybe, but they play a big role in river health.
Anglers take note

You might look at a lamprey and go “EWWWW.” But, if you’re interested in the health of the Delaware River, you should say “Yay!” Which is what Jessica Newbern, a biologist with the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, would say, as would her colleague, Andy Weber, an ecologist with that national park.  The two…
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