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.
October 14, 2014
ISSUE | DUI CASE Justice for officer Thanks to Inquirer staff writer Barbara Boyer for highlighting Carrie Berner's fight for answers in the death of her husband, Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner ("Moorestown officer's widow seeks answers in fatal crash," Oct. 6). There are two issues plaguing our sense of right and wrong here: Drivers who continue to drive under the influence despite being caught over and over again, and police officers receiving a slap on the wrist for a crime that would send others (rightly so)
August 19, 2014 |
"Days since last rainfall?" "Well, yesterday we got a little bit. " "Water clarity?" "Looks pretty clear to me. " "All righty. Stream bed color?" "Brown," Doug McClure pauses, staring at the mud, "with green highlights. " "Odor?" Wendy McClure doesn't wait for her husband's answer. She spreads her arms wide and raises her nose to the sky: "Doesn't smell like much of anything. Just a creek. " The North Wales couple were on their first official field survey Wednesday as "Creek Watchers" - a group of 60 amateur scientists collecting water-quality data for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
May 1, 2014 |
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. After a hiatus of more than three years that had upset environmentalists, the state's advisory panel for drinking water standards reconvened Tuesday and immediately began considering regulations for a contaminant that has disconcerted several South Jersey towns. The Drinking Water Quality Institute's meeting was its first since September 2010. Half of the panel is new, either appointed or ex-officio since then. The institute was created in 1983 to make regulatory recommendations to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
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.
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.
August 24, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The beach on Thursday was covered in visitors who would likely go home, flush the toilet, take a shower, dry off with a laundered towel, and maybe have a nice glass of . . . something. Probably none of them considered exactly where the water that would allow them to do all of those things - including making an iced tea - came from. Except, perhaps, for those beachgoers at the Seventh Street beach who stopped to look at a quirky sand sculpture by the artist John Gruber, commissioned by New Jersey American Water.
June 28, 2013 |
When beachgoers take to the water at the New Jersey Shore and elsewhere, they may expect to come away with a nasty sunburn if they are not careful. But the Natural Resources Defense Council, in its 23d annual good-news-bad-news report on the nation's beaches released Wednesday, contends that beach lovers may be in for more than they bargained for these days in the form of dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, and rashes. Such cases are "extremely underreported," according to Jon Devine, a senior attorney for the NRDC, who spoke at a teleconference Wednesday from Washington.
April 18, 2013 |
New Jersey expects to buy out 1,000 properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy, with the focus on purchasing entire streets or neighborhoods, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. With $250 million in federal money allocated for the effort, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin faced repeated questions Monday from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the agency's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. "What we're trying to do is buy out whole streets and whole neighborhoods.
April 13, 2013
Another shellfish bed damaged by Hurricane Sandy has reopened in New Jersey's Barnegat Bay. The state's Department of Environmental Protection reopened beds in the Little Egg Harbor section at sunrise Friday. DEP is planning to open all of the beds in the Raritan Bay on Monday. The plans are part of an administrative order signed by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin in November that reopened beds from Little Egg Inlet south to Cape May Point. The beds had been closed since Oct. 29 because of concerns over water quality caused by Sandy.