January 26, 2016
By Dennis Miranda Most Philadelphia-area residents probably give little thought to the historic waterway to their north that feeds into Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill, or to its connection to the clean drinking water coming out of their faucets. But the city has just entered a partnership to restore this very important waterway, the Wissahickon Creek, and Montgomery County's other municipalities in the watershed should follow suit. The Wissahickon Valley is home to almost a quarter of a million people.
January 18, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Mountaintop-removal coal mining. Voting 235-188, the House on Tuesday passed a GOP-sponsored bill (HR 1644) that would shelve a new federal rule aimed at protecting streams and drinking water from pollution caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining. The rule addresses the practice of companies blasting mountaintops and then dumping fractured rocks and other debris into nearby streams and valleys.
December 18, 2015
A Montgomery County businessman was charged Wednesday with violating environmental regulations by discarding water samples that did not meet federal standards and falsifying reports. Federal prosecutors said Matthew Brozena of Telford, president of MAB Environmental Services Inc., violated the Clean Water Act while operating wastewater treatment plants for BC Natural Chicken and Buckingham Valley Nursing Center. Brozena, 58, allegedly instructed his employees to discard water samples that had more pollutants than federal permits allowed and to falsely report test results.
June 3, 2015 |
IT'S SUNDAY about 7 p.m., a time when most people try to wring out that last drip of relaxation before the start of another workweek. Nope. Not the high-octane "Jim Kenney for Mayor" team. Instead of kicking back, Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, was at her computer, alerting the media to a clean-water advocacy event: "Kenney joins representatives from the EPA, Philadelphia Water Department and PennEnvironment to discuss new, historic clean water protections for Philadelphia.
October 3, 2014 |
Six months after millions of tons of sewage fouled a prime trout stream in Valley Forge National Historical Park, two environmental groups are pursuing legal action against Tredyffrin Township and its municipal authority, saying they violated federal law. In addition to the March spill, the 30-inch pressurized pipeline ruptured in February and in March 2012, and is likely to rupture again, according to the groups, PennEnvironment and Trout Unlimited,...
July 20, 2014 |
Roofmeadow founder Charlie Miller and head of operations Melissa Muroff are designing, promoting, and maintaining green roofs all across the Philadelphia area - the 13,000-square-foot green roof at the Barnes Museum, another atop the Granary building in Fairmount. Lately, they've been busy. The Philadelphia Water Department is charged with ensuring compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. PWD developed a "Green City, Clean Waters" program to use so-called green infrastructure to deal with wastewater, instead of underground pipes.
July 3, 2014 |
Everyone thought the question had been answered 42 years ago, with passage of the Clean Water Act: What, exactly, are the waters of the United States - waters that warrant government protection to ensure they are drinkable, fishable, and swimmable? Rivers such as the Delaware, regularly plied by cargo ships? Absolutely. The Schuylkill and major tributaries? No debate. But smaller streams? For federal officials, those are muddy waters. Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, in 2001 and 2006, showed that the regulations were not as clear as the regulators had thought.
March 6, 2014 |
AS MANY as 300,000 West Virginians are still wondering whether it's safe to drink the water, more than a month after the local supply was tainted by a spill of industrial chemicals. In North Carolina, the full consequences are yet to be determined following the collapse of a pipe last month beneath a utility's coal-ash pond, which spewed tons of the toxic substance into the Dan River. Public health officials have warned residents to avoid river water and to forgo eating any fish.
September 25, 2013 |
Ruth Patrick, a pioneering stream ecologist whose work led to the modern environmental movement, died early Monday at age 105. In eight decades of work - she was still coming into her office at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University when she was 100 - she was summoned by presidents, was a respected adviser to industry, and was an inspiration and beloved mentor to so many young scientists that she was dubbed "the den mother of ecology"...
September 25, 2013 |
WOMEN DIDN'T wear lipstick at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the '30s. In fact, women were scarce in the scientific world in those days, and not really accepted by male-dominated institutions, such as the venerable academy. Maybe as a way to deny that women were even capable of looking into a microscope, displays of feminity in any form were frowned on. However, Ruth Myrtle Patrick soon proved that women were not only the equal of men in science, but, in many cases - hers included - could surpass male accomplishments in many realms and pave their own way to important discoveries.