Peters House at the intersection of Route 209 and Bushkill Falls Road in Bushkill, Penn., is one of the historic properties emptied by the never-completed Ticks Island Dam project. Part of the house dates to the middle of the 18th century. The National Parks Service recently completed stabilization work on the building to prevent further deterioration while plans are developed for all the properties in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. PHOTO PROVIDED

Help NPS figure out what to do with historic properties emptied by the Tocks Island Dam project

IF YOU LIVE NEAR the Delaware River, you’ll know about one of the most contentious projects ever planned for the river: the Tocks Island Dam, which would have been the largest dam east of the Mississippi. The nascent environmental movement and strong local opposition put an end to the plans, but not before hundreds of properties…

The wooden planks of the Dingmans Bridge in Dingmans Ferry have served many travelers fording the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the decades. PHOTOS BY MEG McGUIRE

19th-century bridge’s wooden planks carry 21st-century commuters

THE RUMBLE OF THE WOODEN PLANKS of the Dingmans Bridge is the audible welcome mat that Pennsylvania lays down for the city slickers of New York and New Jersey, driving west over the Delaware River. It’s a skinny bridge, so going slowly – as the sign suggests – is a really good idea! And the price…

People interested in the future of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area gathered at the Matamoras, Pa., firehouse on Friday, Sept. 11, to talk with representatives of the park at one of three public scoping sessions on the Visitor Use Management Plan. Below, the George W. Childs Park, one of the popular sites in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area that saw stress from heavy use during this past summer's weekends. PHOTOS BY MEG McGUIRE

How best to use the DWG park? Your input requested

HOW DO YOU WANT to use the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area?How many people can one park hold is an important question for any park. A park like Central Park in New York City will have a different answer than a park like the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.Finding the right answer to…

Looking upriver at the birthplace of the Delaware River in Hancock, NY, where the East and West branches of the river meet. PHOTO BY MEG McGUIRE

National Geographic to promote geotourism along the Delaware

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC wants to help build geotourism around the Delaware River. It’s starting a conversation with people from communities that touch the river’s two national parks: the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, which stretches from Hancock, N.Y. to Port Jervis, N.Y., and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, which stretches from just below Milford,…

Strung across the Upper Lehigh River in Coolbaugh, PA, the fisheries crew prepare to take a fish census for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. PHOTOS BY MEG McGUIRE

How healthy is the Upper Lehigh River? Ask a fish

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh River originates in a series of glacial bogs and marshes in the area of Pocono Peak Lake in the Gouldsboro area about 15 miles southeast of Scranton. The elevation at the Lehigh River headwaters is approximately 2,200 feet above sea level, and drops nearly 1,000 feet during its 103-mile…

Kids in the Brandywine

Kids in the Brandywine

OF COURSE, YOU JUST knew they were going to splash each other — just a little. Then a lot, because they had clear-bottom buckets they were supposed to use to spy into the waters of the Brandywine Creek to find freshwater mussels. People got wet, sure, but they were having a good time. The people…