Peter Kolesar

Kolesar is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and Special Research Scholar in the Water Center of Columbia’s Earth Institute, but better known in the Upper Delaware River for his work on the water released from New York City’s reservoirs, and the effects of this on the upper river ecosystem, especially on cold-water-loving trout. “The Lee…

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Anti-fracking protestors

Quietly and without fanfare, PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that it was abandoning its seven-year battle to ship fracked Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The proposed pipeline’s 116-mile route would have started in Luzerne County, Pa., and run through Carbon, Northampton and Bucks…

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East Branch of the Delaware River in Hancock, N.Y.

The Upper Delaware Council will celebrate those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at an awards ceremony on Sept. 12. New York State Senator Mike Martucci, Republican of the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker. The following recipients will be honored: *Distinguished Service…

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There was an alphabet soup represented on the shores of the Delaware last week: the FUDR, the NYCDEP, the CDRW and the NYLCV. Oh, and the TPL! They were all gathered there for one thing: M-O-N-E-Y. Progress has been made on the federal level getting money back to the upper river, now it’s the turn…

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So, the good news? New Jersey has finally owned up to its responsibility to fund the Delaware River Basin Commission at $893,000. To review: The Delaware River Basin Commission is the regulatory agency charged by the four river states — New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware — and the federal government to be “in charge”…

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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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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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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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