The Bushkill Creek near Wind Gap, Pa. More than 20 miles of the creek that once met federal clean water standards have been redesignated as impaired.

Acid rain harming Middle Delaware-Musconetcong basin
Report cites mercury in Bushkill Creek fish

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? A little over 78 miles of streams in the Middle Delaware-Musconetcong basin that had once been deemed to be attaining…

Jeremiah Colman, left, and Zaire Seaberry, UrbanPromise 7th-graders, working on the canoe they’ve been helping to build since the beginning of the school year. PHOTO BY KATHERINE RAPIN

Urban BoatWorks brings Camden youth to the river
Students learn basic carpentry, life skills and mentorship — and connect to waterways in their own backyard

On a recent Monday afternoon in Camden, N.J., a group of seventh-graders gathered around a 16-foot boat placed upside down across a shop table. Decked out in white smocks, safety glasses and bright orange ear protectors,​ they were poised to get back to work on the “peace canoe” they’d been building since the beginning of…

The Neshaminy Creek at Playwicki Park in Bucks County, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection flagged fish caught in 536 miles of streams in the Crosswicks-Neshaminy basin as being unfit to be eaten. PHOTO BY CHRIS MELE

‘Forever chemicals’ plague Crosswicks-Neshaminy basin
Pennsylvania warns against eating fish from its streams

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? Gretchen Schatschneider, the manager of the Bucks County Conservation District in Pennsylvania, grew up in the county, which she said…

The Brodhead Creek in Monroe County, Pa. The creek is part of the larger Middle Delaware basin, which feeds the Delaware River watershed.

Middle Delaware basin’s water quality is better than many
Pocono streams face stress from development

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? Water quality in the Middle Delaware basin, which is made up of parts of Monroe and Pike Counties in the…

Walt Whitman Bridge DC

Ta-DA! First big step in getting the Delaware River cleaner

Where are the fireworks? Marching bands? The scientific and engineering work that could well give us a significantly cleaner Delaware River — from Trenton, N.J., on south — has been completed. Those scientists and engineers have been building a model that could capture all the important processes in the estuary (that bit below Trenton) and…

Brandywine Creek

Brandywine-Christina watershed faces population boom
Fast-growing Chester County could stress streams even more

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? A drive just outside the ChesLen Preserve southeast of Coatesville, Pa., takes you on windy narrow roads that hug the…

Fish consumption advisory on Darby Creek.

Nearly 100 percent of Lower Delaware Basin streams found to be substandard

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? Ken Hemphill, an open space activist in Delaware County, Pa., recalled a kayak trip he took on Chester Creek about…

Acres of warehouses near Bethlehem, Pa.

Lehigh River watershed threatened by explosive warehouse growth
Region is ‘ground zero’ for big box buildings

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of stories exploring water quality in the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the larger Delaware River watershed. How clean are your waterways, Pennsylvania? Jose DeJesus grew up fishing on the Monocacy Creek in Bethlehem, Pa. After he moved and was away from the…

Tropo - Clean air mascot for Delaware) and friends

Earth Day around the Delaware River watershed

Neshaminy Creek at Playwicki Park

Streams in the Delaware River watershed face a variety of threats
Pa. water quality report should be a ‘call to arms,’ expert says

Editor’s note:  For Earth Day, Delaware Currents launches another one of its ambitious projects.  This story kicks off a 10-part series to help you understand the health of the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the Delaware River’s watershed. The findings are drawn from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s 2022 Integrated Water…