April 23, 2014 |
First you see a roof covered with solar panels. Then the native plants, where the lawn used to be. In the driveway, not far from the canoe, is an electric Chevy Volt. This is Maya van Rossum's house. It's in Bryn Mawr, which is in the Darby Creek watershed. Which drains into the Delaware River. Which van Rossum has adopted as her personal - and professional - mission in life. For two decades as the Delaware riverkeeper, she has championed the 330-mile river and its tributaries, source of drinking water for 15 million people.
March 12, 2014 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission, the interstate agency that manages water resources in the Delaware watershed, on Monday named utility executive Steven J. Tambini as its next leader. Tambini, 54, the vice president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water, will take over the executive director position on Aug. 1, when Carol R. Collier, who has held the job for 15 years, is retiring. Tambini has over 30 years of experience in water supply engineering and water resource planning, management and operations.
March 12, 2014 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission has named a longtime water company official with connections on both sides of the river as its next executive director. Steven J. Tambini, 54, a civil and environmental engineer who lives in Medford, will take over the position on Aug. 1, the commission announced Monday. He will make $120,000 a year. He replaces Carol R. Collier, who is retiring after 15 years with the commission. Tambini has worked in water supply engineering and water resource planning and management for three decades.
September 14, 2013 |
Carol R. Collier, who for 15 years was the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, has announced that she will retire in March. In her announcement during Thursday's commission meeting at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, Collier said 15 years at the helm was "long enough for the good of the person and the position. " "It was totally my decision," she said later. "I have been thinking about this for a while. "Obviously, the last few years have been a little rougher and uncertain, but that is not what made me make the decision.
July 24, 2013
For most of the five million yearly visitors to the upper Delaware River, the region's natural splendors offer an excellent setting to slow their normally hectic pace. That's enough reason to ease the political pressure to open the region to natural-gas drilling, but there's more. Interstate regulators responsible for safeguarding drinking water for more than 15 million people must resist being stampeded into lifting the three-year-old moratorium on drilling in the Delaware watershed.
July 12, 2012 |
The Delaware River Basin Commission can't seem to get away from issues involving natural gas. At its meeting Wednesday, the interstate agency that oversees water issues in the river basin unanimously approved water withdrawals totaling nearly six million gallons for a major interstate pipeline project that would involve tunneling under the Delaware River. It also approved the discharge of water used to pressure-test the pipeline. Opponents, who included residents of Northeast Pennsylvania plus several environmental groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, argued against the project, saying that granting permission was premature and that the provisions for protecting the environment were inadequate.
March 6, 2012 |
The financial noose is tightening for the Delaware River Basin Commission, the arbiter of whether natural gas drilling will occur in the watershed. Pennsylvania, which is upset that the commission has yet to authorize drilling, has withheld two quarterly payments to it. A state budget document shows Pennsylvania froze its allocation in January, reducing its payments to the DRBC by 40.7 percent this fiscal year. Meanwhile, New York has steadily shrunk its payments over the last few years, and in its proposed 2013 budget, it will pay about 40 percent of its agreed-upon fair share of the commission's revenue.
January 23, 2012 |
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will reconsider more than 20 water permits it approved for Marcellus Shale gas drillers during a raucous meeting last month that was disrupted by anti-drilling activists. The SRBC said Monday that it will hear new public comment Feb. 16 for water-withdrawal applications it approved in December. Environmental organizations have questioned the validity of the commission's vote, which was conducted hastily after shouting demonstrators interrupted public testimony.
November 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Council OKs tips bill City Council yesterday passed a bill that will prevent restaurant owners from taking 1 percent to 3 percent of tips paid by credit cards to cover fees charged by credit companies. Councilman James Kenney, who introduced the bill, said the money belongs to waiters who earn the tips. Restaurant mogul Stephen Starr opposed the bill, but did not testify in Council. Council also passed a bill introduced by Kenney that will make police reports of car accidents confidential for 60 days to protect victims, whose names, addresses and phone numbers could be accessed by third parties.