November 8, 1987 |
The Downingtown Borough Council has taken steps to deal with chronic problems with water-quality and parking on Manor Avenue. During its work session Wednesday, the council took preliminary action to ban parking on the busy street and voted to add a chemical to the borough's water that will cut down on a rusty sediment that is especially prevalent in Manor Avenue homes. The vote on water quality came after months of complaints from residents of Manor Avenue that their water often was a rusty brown.
June 28, 2012 |
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. - New Jersey had the fourth-best beach water quality in the nation last year, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says. The environmental group's annual water quality report found that Tropical Storm Irene took a toll on beachgoers last summer, forcing beaches to be closed or warnings issued at a rate nearly double that of the previous year because of pollution concerns. The report, using government data, found that in New York and New Jersey, there were 1,972 days when beaches were closed or advisories issued to the public, compared with 1,065 in 2010.
April 2, 2014 |
The William Penn Foundation is announcing Tuesday a massive effort to turn the Delaware River watershed into a lab for innovation - for investigating and determining how best to protect or restore water quality. About $35 million in grants mainly over the next three years - with the potential of nearly $200 million more to follow in leveraged money - will fund the work that will protect more than 30,000 acres, implement more than 40 restoration projects, find solutions that can be replicated elsewhere, and follow through with years of data collection to quantify the effects.
July 17, 2012 |
LAST WEEK, DUKE University released a study on water quality in the Marcellus Shale region. Many Pennsylvanians concerned about the state's new industry of gas drilling will be interested in the findings of this study. Here's a sampling of headlines from the media coverage: Marcellus Shale study claims gas drilling did not contaminate drinking-water wells; New research shows no Marcellus Shale pollution; Pennsylvania fracking can put water at risk, Duke study finds; Yet another study confirms fracking can pollute groundwater; New study: Fluids from Marcellus Shale likely seeping into Pa. drinking water; Findings are mixed in fracking-water study.
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.
March 19, 1995 |
A year after setting up a small laboratory to study the water quality in streams, lakes and ponds here, the township has a verdict: The water is fine. The township's environmental commission, with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Delaware Estuary Program, planted 13 testing stations in half a dozen tiny tributaries such as Mantua Creek, Big Timber Creek and Stevens Run last year. Then it took two readings at each site and analyzed them for levels of dissolved oxygen, iron, sulfate, ammonia and other substances.
December 26, 1993 |
It may go down as the Great Gloucester City Water Crisis of 1993. In late June, a sudden outbreak of bacterial growth in the water supply, which manifested itself through foggy water and the rotten-egg smell of hydrogen sulfide, turned one of life's simple pleasures - taking a shower - into a nauseating experience. "You smelled . . . because the water had an odor to it," Mayor Walter W. Jost remembered. "There was nothing the matter with drinking it, if you could get it past your nose.
July 16, 1999 |
The ocean water quality off the Jersey Shore has been "tremendous" this summer after a season that saw the fewest beach closings in at least a decade, local officials and environmental groups said yesterday. "I believe our ocean and beaches in Atlantic City and throughout New Jersey are cleaner now than at any time that I remember," Atlantic City Mayor James Whelan, a former lifeguard, said at a news conference at the Beach Patrol Headquarters at South Carolina Avenue. Atlantic City has not had a beach closing because of ocean water quality since 1995, officials said.
May 2, 2016 |
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., where residents unknowingly drank water with harmful levels of lead, has brought new scrutiny to public water-supply systems. How does Philadelphia's water rate? Officials will address that question at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Tuesday evening. Debra McCarty, the new commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department, will be joined by Lynn Thorp, national campaigns director for Clean Water Action, and Jerry Fagliano, chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.
November 4, 2014 |
The angler remains unknown to officials. But in a photo one of his buddies took before the fish was released back into the Schuylkill, the species was unmistakable. The catch last summer just below the Fairmount Dam was a shortnose sturgeon, on the endangered list since 1967. Although they are known to live in the Delaware River, no historic records indicate shortnose sturgeon in the Schuylkill. And in 14 years of fish sampling below the dam, aquatic biologists with the Philadelphia Water Department have never seen one. Yet there it was, held up by the angler, with the dam and the Art Museum in the background.