April 4, 2016
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE No time to wait It is important that we take seriously the predictions of sea-level rise cited in last week's edition of the journal Nature ("Alarm on sea level rises to new heights," Thursday). The study illustrates that climate disruption can have a greater impact in a shorter time frame than had been projected: Oceans could rise by more than 6 feet by the end of the century if high levels of greenhouse-gas emissions continue. Many researchers have cautioned that conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region are likely to be worse than the global average.
August 5, 2013 |
AVALON, N.J. - Though they are from different countries and represent governments that may be oceans apart on mitigating crises, they found themselves on common ground as they walked along a beach in this Jersey Shore town. And now an ongoing exchange between local officials and government representatives from the Netherlands may create a confluence of ideas about coastal protection that could benefit both regions, Mayor Martin Pagliughi said. "We thought we could learn a thing or two from a country that has been involved in coastal protection for hundreds of years.
May 15, 2013 |
TRENTON - In a case with wide implications for Shore restoration following Hurricane Sandy, the state Supreme Court heard an appeal Monday of a $375,000 jury award to a Long Beach Island couple who said construction of a barrier dune in 2010 deprived them of their ocean view. The Army Corps of Engineers built a 22-foot-high dune for storm protection in front of Phyllis and Harvey Karan's house after Harvey Cedars condemned a portion of their beach five years ago. A Superior Court jury awarded the couple damages in 2011, finding that the dune construction, while benefiting many of the surrounding homeowners, had substantially diminished the value of the Karans' $1.9 million home.
May 1, 2013 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday it will devote additional oversight to Exelon Generation Co.'s Three Mile Island 1 reactor after finding inadequate flood protection of safety equipment at the Middletown facility. The NRC said its inspectors last year discovered unprotected electrical conduits through which water could infiltrate the plant's safety equipment in the event of a severe flood. The deficiency was identified during one of the agency's post-Fukushima reviews of U.S. reactors.
December 28, 2012 |
MOONACHIE, N.J. - Images of New Jersey's devastated shoreline captivated the nation in the days after Sandy. Less noticed was the enormous damage caused inland when a mile-and-a-half-long earthen barrier along and near the Hackensack River was breached, sending a tidal surge washing over parts of several towns, damaging more than 2,000 homes and other buildings. Now attention is turning to what can be done to prevent similar river flooding in future storms, and townspeople and officials don't like what they are hearing because no one seems to own the problem.
October 30, 2012
By Michael P. Nairn Even as residents of Southwest Philadelphia's flood-prone Eastwick neighborhood face the consequences of another major storm, city officials are considering a zoning change that would lead to the construction of more than 700 apartments there. Bordering Darby Creek and Cobbs Creek, Eastwick is located on a floodplain, an inherently unstable and shifting landscape. Moreover, it's downstream of the Clearview and Folcroft Landfills, which are federally designated Superfund sites.
September 1, 2012 |
BELLE CHASE, La. - Floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on, and businesses opened Friday ahead of the holiday weekend, the beginning of what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited flood-ravaged communities, and President Obama said he would arrive Monday, appearances this part of the country is all too familiar with after Katrina and the gulf oil spill. Meanwhile, the leftovers from the storm pushed into the drought-stricken Midwest, knocking out power to thousands of people in Arkansas.
April 12, 2008 |
A temporary plan to reduce flooding along the Delaware River - a stop-gap measure Gov. Rendell called for earlier this month - is reported likely next week. Whether it will include increasing releases from three New York City-owned reservoirs has not been determined. "We're just asking everyone to be very patient," Neil Weaver, spokesman for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection, said yesterday. "A result will come . . . within the next week. " His counterpart in New York City, Michael Saucier, would say only: "Discussions are continuing.
March 24, 2008 |
The issue of how to control flooding along the Delaware River is a difficult one made all the more complex because of the potential for unintended consequences. That is why I, along with the other Delaware basin governors, have worked to develop and research measures that balance the need for flood protection against our need for a reliable supply of drinking water. For instance, for the first time in the 75-year history of the basin, operations of the New York City reservoirs today take into account flood mitigation needs.
January 17, 2008 |
The Delaware River is often recognized as the last major free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. But this does not mean the Delaware is totally unscathed by dams. Three dams that sit on the Delaware's major headwater tributaries allow New York City to draw up to 800 million gallons per day of Delaware River water to support their communities in the Hudson watershed. Flows from the reservoirs also ensure drinking-water supplies for downstream communities, including Philadelphia. The massive size of these obstructions and their storage capacity have a dominating effect on the health and flows of the entire river, affecting all communities in this watershed.