Adrianna Amador-Chacon, 20, of Camden, stands near the Delaware River at Cramer Hill Nature Preserve. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Seeing the Delaware from Camden, and interacting for its betterment and our own

WHYY asked five individuals to tell us about their visions for the Delaware River Watershed — what it is, and what it could be. Adriana Amador-Chacon is a Camden resident who, over the years, has grown a strong connection toward the arts and learning more about the environment. As a child, she was known for either being…

F.E. Walter Dam and Reservoir traps and holds the water of the upper Lehigh River in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Facts vs. opinion on the F.E. Walter Dam study
Editorial Report

Editor’s note: The Francis E. Walter Dam Reevaluation Study is being conducted by the operators of the dam — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — and two co-sponsors, the Delaware River Basin Commission and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, which will pay half the cost of the $2.6 million study. The purpose,…

Stacy Levy, eco-artist, at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

How better access to Philly’s two rivers could open spaces of welcome on now-hidden shorelines

Stacy Levy is an artist who works with rain, urban tides, and watersheds. She has created temporary and permanent works in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, San Antonio, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has been awarded the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, the Penn Future Award for Women in Conservation, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Steve Schwartz uses skis to get around in the snow on his property right along the Delaware River in Equinunk, Pennsylvania. (Matt Smith/WHYY)

How the Upper Delaware River unites many into one community

WHYY asked five individuals to tell us about their visions for the Delaware River Watershed — what it is, and what it could be. Steven Schwartz has been involved in various conservation and environmental projects over the last 15 years. Currently, he is leading the Upper Delaware Knotweed landscape scale research and management project sponsored by Friends…

Looking south on the Delaware River from Penn's Landing, this is the section of the river that is experiencing the oxygen sag -- a problem with an expensive fix. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Next step in cleaning the Lower Delaware comes with a hefty price tag

Hey, rubber, meet the road.  There’s no one who doesn’t want the Delaware River to be as clean as possible, but the next step comes with a hefty price tag — from $1.5 million for Trenton and as high as $3 billion for Philadelphia.  These could be the bills for an upgrade to the 12…

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Opponents of Pennsylvania-New Jersey LNG Plan Cheer Federal Ruling

Critics of a plan to transport liquefied natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to a port on the Delaware River in New Jersey welcomed a recent federal ruling that they say could put up significant regulatory speed bumps – or possibly derail the project altogether. The ruling, by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, involved an LNG facility…

Here's the same "lake" returning to its natural state of being a river now that the Columbia Dam has been removed. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Dam removal leads to rebirth of the Paulins Kill

Once upon a time, dams were essential for “powering” a community, even though they interfered with the natural working of rivers. The Columbia Dam on the Paulins Kill in N.J. was taken down last year and the river is adjusting nicely!

By shutting down River Road, the National Park Service is saving cute little critters like this Spotted Salamander. PHOTO FROM NPS

It must be Spring: National Park Service closes River Road for amphibians

Every spring, the National Park Service closes River Road some nights to ensure the amphibians crossing to get to their breeding grounds in the nearby wetlands don’t get flattened by cars. PHOTO FROM NPS

Leonard Stewart, 75, of Eastwick, walks with his dog, Princess, on the boardwalk at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Valuing wetlands as places to keep intact, not build over

WHYY asked five individuals to tell us about their visions for the Delaware River Watershed — what it is, and what it could be. Leonard Stewart is a board member of the Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition. He serves on the Lower Eastwick Public Lands Planning Steering Committee.  My father worked at the Navy Yard. I would…

The burned-out hull of a truck is testament to the intense heat of an explosion and fire that happened at the Williams Companies LNG plant in Plymouth, Wash., in 2014. PHOTO Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

The Storage and Transportation of LNG: What Could Go Wrong?

Lonnie E. Click, a fire chief in Benton County in southern Washington, was at his desk when he first heard the call: an explosion at a liquified natural gas storage facility.  The call was outside his jurisdiction but, based on what he was hearing on the radio, he decided to head to the scene. From atop a hill, Click…