July 5, 1989 |
After the nation's worst oil spill on March 24 fouled Prince William Sound, Alaska, Cynthia Poten began to worry even more about the safety of her great passion - the Delaware River. At first, Poten, river keeper of the 330-mile-long waterway, was reassured when she checked into the Delaware River and Bay Cooperative, an emergency system designed to enable riverside industries and the Coast Guard to contain swiftly any spill in the Delaware. That reassurance evaporated June 24 when the Uruguayan tanker Presidente Rivera ran aground off Claymont, Del., dumping 307,000 gallons of No. 6 heating oil into the river in an area blessed with bird and wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries.
July 15, 2008 |
The search for a 21-year-old North Philadelphia man, last seen on Sunday while swimming off the Frankford Arsenal pier in the Delaware River, continued yesterday as more than two dozen family and neighborhood residents gathered at the river's edge to keep vigil. Alesandro Valentin of the 2300 block of Reese Street was described as an artist and a former student at Edison High School. Impatient with the search, four family members climbed into a boat and conducted their own hunt alongside Coast Guard and police units.
June 23, 2008 |
Philadelphia's maritime industry - business executives, labor leaders, and longshoremen waving thank-you signs - cheered today as Army and Pennsylvania officials signed a formal agreement to deepen the Delaware River. Gov. Rendell, calling it "the most important project in the history of the port," said dredging could begin in 10 months. He said the $379 million project would protect existing jobs and create tens of thousands more. Not so fast, said a spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Corzine.
February 13, 2012 |
It's official. President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2013 includes $31 million for the Delaware River main channel deepening from 40 feet to 45 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday posted details on its website of the Corps' $4.73 billion civil works spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. "This project has been a true regional and bipartisan effort," said Dennis Rochford, president of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay. The announcement followed last Tuesday's news that $16.9 million was in the Army Corps 2012 work plan, and would be used to deepen the shipping channel five more feet between Penn's Landing and Essington, starting in early August.
May 30, 2010
A small seaplane carrying two males landed safely Saturday in the Delaware River near Harrah's Casino in Chester, the Coast Guard said. Both occupants were rescued and not seriously injured. The plane landed upside-down around 11 a.m., a dispatch center in Gloucester County reported. The occupants were on top of the plane when rescue crews arrived. Once the two were carried to shore, they were taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. They were being treated for minor injuries and were expected to be released, a hospital spokesman said.
July 7, 2010
Police on Tuesday were investigating how a white SUV ended up in the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia. Police initially responded to a report of the SUV going into the Delaware on Monday night at the boat ramp at Princeton Avenue in Tacony, but there was no sign of the vehicle. They returned Tuesday, and after police divers located it in the river, a tow truck pulled it to shore. There was no word on whether the SUV was stolen or had been used in a crime. - Inquirer staff
June 21, 2010
Police searched Sunday evening for a woman who fell off a tube in the Delaware River near the West Deptford municipal boat ramp. The woman, in her 40s, was drifting on the tube with two other people around 5:40 p.m. when she fell off and did not resurface. The other riders made it to shore, State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. Two Coast Guard boats, three state police boats with sonar equipment, and a helicopter were being used to search for the woman. The search was expected to resume Monday.
July 13, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed an Energy & Water Appropriations bill that included $19 million in federal funding for continued deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel. President Obama allocated $20 million for the project in his upcoming 2014 fiscal year budget. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) said that the $1 million difference between $19 appropriated in the legislation and $20 million in the President's budget represented a 5 percent across-the-board cut due to the federal sequester.
January 24, 2012 |
The body of a white male was found floating in the Delaware River in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section late last night. East Detectives and other emergency crews responded to the scene and the body was recovered just before midnight Tuesday. The unknown man, said to be in his 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office to await an autopsy. Police say they have no further information on the man's identity or cause of death.
May 13, 2013 |
From the broken concrete of Deemer's Beach, you can see north up the Delaware River toward Philadelphia, south down Delaware Bay toward the Atlantic, and east over two miles of sun-tipped waves to hazy New Jersey to get a sense of what people lost when they turned their backs on the waterfront. "There was the tidal bathing pool, and the trolley, and the baseball ground, and the roller rink, and the dance hall, and the arcade, and the 1,500-foot-pier, and the place where the Wilson Line ships used to dock," said Harold West, owner of the property since 1987.