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September 14, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
August 30, 2013 | By Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, For The Inquirer
Labor Day weekend marks the last of our Friday night summer suppers for friends and family at Canal House, our cookbook publishing studio along the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Lambertville, N.J. These suppers have become a tradition, thanks in part to Fireworks Friday, the spectacle launched from a barge anchored in the Delaware River south of the green iron New Hope-Lambertville bridge. The display is equal to any you'll see on a Fourth of July. We're already licking our chops for this year's finale.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body was found in the Delaware River around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, police said, in front of the Quaker City Yacht Club in Tacony. Police have not yet identified the deceased, whom they described as a black man weighing around 200 pounds. The body was retrieved by the marine unit and taken to the Medical Examiner's office to be identified. Richard Wallace, a club member, found the body when he was storing a small, communal boat used to ferry people to their boats. A worker at Philadelphia International Airport, Wallace, 52, had gotten off work at 7 a.m. and had just tied up the "tender boat" when he spotted the body, hooked on a large tree that had washed up under the dock.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities continued the search Sunday for a Washington-area man who disappeared during a tubing expedition on the Delaware River. Anthony Del Prete, 30, was near the end of a four-hour floating excursion Saturday afternoon when he slipped out of his inner tube near Point Pleasant, Bucks County. Rescue boats and divers were dispatched immediately to find Del Prete, who was presumed drowned. Recovery conditions were hindered by high water and low visibility, Point Pleasant Fire Chief Scott Fleischer said.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two young men who were swept away in the Neshaminy Creek Tuesday remained missing despite a continuing search by marine units, divers, and helicopters. Authorities Wednesday said hope was fading that they would be found alive. "Our feeling is it's a search and recovery at this point," said Fred Harran, Bensalem Township director of public safety, noting that the creek had swelled following recent storms. The two swimmers, who went missing around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Harran said, were identified as Dan Tadrzynski, 18, and Perry Krewson, 19. Krewson is a 2013 graduate of Bensalem High School, according to Harran.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - It's been a case of dueling letters. Proponents and opponents of natural gas drilling - six in all - have recently written appeals to the Delaware River Basin Commission, increasing pressure on the agency that three years ago instituted a moratorium on natural gas development in the basin. Until rules are adopted, there can be no drilling. At its Wednesday meeting here, commission chair Michele Siekerka, New Jersey's assistant commissioner of water resources, responded: "We continue to confer in good faith and with forward momentum.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 60 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel now at or deeper than 45 feet, steamship lines and port officials say the dredging will do two things: Put more cargo on ships currently coming into the ports of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and South Jersey, and allow larger ships from Asia to sail the river when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2015. It's been 30 years since Congress directed the Army Corps of Engineers to investigate the feasibility of deepening the channel from 40 feet to 45. Since the project began in March 2010, 42 miles of the 102-mile channel from Camden to the Atlantic Ocean have been deepened.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated an additional $11 million this year for deepening the Delaware River navigation channel to 45 feet, from 40 feet, to accommodate bigger ships and promote commerce. President Obama had recommended $31 million in his budget. To date, $20 million has been received and an additional $11 million was expected. Now $22 million will be coming, said Ed Voigt, spokesman for the Corps' Philadelphia District. The Army Corps released its work plan Monday and specified $22 million, including an extra $11 million, for the Delaware River.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the completion of dredging last month of a 14-mile stretch of the Delaware River, the deepening of the river's main navigation channel to attract bigger ships and commerce is now about 60 percent complete, Philadelphia port officials said Wednesday. Since the project began in March 2010 between Camden and the Atlantic Ocean, 42 miles of the Delaware has been dredged to 45 feet, from 40 feet. Roughly 35 miles of channel is at, or below, 45 feet naturally, leaving about 25 miles of the 102-mile river channel to go, said Lisa Magee, engineer and director of special projects at Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA)
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