Looking downriver towards the Walt Whitman Bridge, with Philadelphia on your right, Camden on your left. The Water Table project addresses stakeholders on both sides of the river.PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

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…

In a ruling last week, a federal court judge in Pennsylvania said a complaint brought by two state senators was “replete with allegations” that the Delaware River Basin Commission had harmed citizens by imposing a moratorium on fracking but ultimately failed to back up those assertions and dismissed the case.

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…

Spring! You can feel the warmth of the sun and the fresh scent of the water looking downriver on the West Branch of the Delaware River. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

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…

Here's a close-up of the rather nasty-looking mouth of the sea lamprey. Check out the teeth and the rasping tongue it uses to cut into the fish it feeds on. PHOTO FROM T. LAWRENCE, GREAT LAKES FISHERY COMMISSION

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…

Liquified natural gas leaking from a breached container can be extremely flammable and easily be ignited by heat, sparks or flames.

First Responders: Prepared for LNG Emergencies? The Evidence Is Not Reassuring

Hazardous materials regularly roll through Northeastern Pennsylvania communities by rail and road and it’s left to local first responders to be ready for when things go wrong. Haz-mat incidents vary in degrees of danger, records show. Commonly, crews are called to overturned trucks leaking diesel fuel. Infrequently, there are more serious incidents, such as a…

Tarsha and Keisha Scovens at the pond at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia near the Wingohocking Creek. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Giving city communities the chance to get to know the waterways all around us

WHYY asked five individuals to tell us about their visions for the Delaware River Watershed — what it is, and what it could be.  Keisha Scovens is the co-founder, with sister Tarsha Scovens, of Let’s Go Outdoors, whose mission it is to connect city communities to outdoor experiences. My twin sister, Tarsha, and I grew up in South…

U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado, Democrat from New York, who represents the Delaware River counties of Sullivan and Delaware. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

U.S.Rep. Antonio Delgado announces Delaware River Watershed Congressional Caucus

The Delaware River Watershed Congressional Caucus was announced today on a wet field in Callicoon, N.Y., by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19.) As one of the speakers at today’s press conference, Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Robert Doherty said, referring to Delgado: “Promises made, promises kept.” This is what Doherty is talking about — a response…

On Oct. 20, 2011, in Zarzalico, Spain, a tanker carrying LNG rear-ended a truck that was pulled over on the highway’s shoulder. A fire quickly erupted, killing the tanker driver. PHOTO CREDIT Bonilla, J.M., Belmonte, J., Marín, J.A., 2014. Gas Natural: El accidente de Zarzalico

LNG From Pennsylvania to New Jersey: 400 Tanker Trucks a Day

A plan to bring liquified natural gas from Wyalusing, Pa., to a port in Gibbstown, N.J., has focused largely on the potential hazards of transporting as much as 3 million gallons of the highly flammable product at a time by rail. But the project sponsor also has plans to send as many as 400 tanker…