April 9, 2016 |
At Camden's Adventure Aquarium, visitors can swim with sharks and touch sharks. And now they will be able to walk above them. Shark Bridge will allow the most daring visitors to walk the 81-foot-long, V-shaped rope suspension bridge across the aquarium's 21-foot-deep Shark Realm, a 550,000-gallon exhibit housing the aquarium's massive collection of sharks. A "Dare to Cross" sign invites you to stand only inches away from some of the ocean's fiercest predators. Continue walking, as sharks swim beneath your feet.
March 10, 2016
New Jersey's Pinelands Commission was once a respected, independent steward of a forest that filters the drinking water for millions in the region. But political manipulation has turned it into an ineffective agency that looks the other way when the preserve's delicate balance is threatened. The latest annual report of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance rightly notes that the forest is facing its greatest threat in decades because the commission simply is not doing its job. The panel's abdication is astounding given national concern over the lead-laden water that is threatening the health of Flint, Mich., residents.
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.
January 26, 2016
By Dennis Miranda Most Philadelphia-area residents probably give little thought to the historic waterway to their north that feeds into Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill, or to its connection to the clean drinking water coming out of their faucets. But the city has just entered a partnership to restore this very important waterway, the Wissahickon Creek, and Montgomery County's other municipalities in the watershed should follow suit. The Wissahickon Valley is home to almost a quarter of a million people.
August 15, 1991 |
No other state acts more forcefully than New Jersey to protect swimmers from polluted beach waters, according to a study of 10 coastal states released yesterday. "Only New Jersey mandates that beaches close if tests indicate that the bacterial concentration standard has been exceeded," the Natural Resources Defense Council said. More than 228 New Jersey beaches, mainly in the north, were closed last year due to high concentrations of human and animal fecal bacteria in the water, the group said.
April 10, 2016 |
New water tests at a Lower Merion school showed a cafeteria faucet suspected of having elevated lead levels now registers at an acceptable rate - but also found possible contaminants in a drinking fountain and a water line. The result of the drinking fountain test at Penn Wynne Elementary were at the Environmental Protection Agency's "action level," while the basement water line was near the action level, according to school officials. In a letter to parents Thursday informing them of the test results, principal Shawn Bernatowicz said action-level readings are not necessarily a public-health concern, according to the EPA, but could require more testing and monitoring at the 600-student school.
July 19, 1995 |
On the heels of another heat wave, I thought it appropraite to respond to your editorial, "Guess what - its hot" (June 23), and address why the redundancy of our message about the dangers of hydrant misuse does not lessen the importance of the message, nor justify use of hydrants for recreational purposes. Illegally opening fire hydrants drains water that is essential to supplying the needs of residents and businesses, and defeats a hydrant's ability to avert tragedy in firefighting situations.
July 8, 1990 |
The Delaware River has become a much better place to swim in the 30 years since Burlington resident Mike Edwardson took his first dunk. Edwardson, 38, a member of Burlington City's Endeavor Emergency Squad, said the Delaware has better visibility than most of the other waterways in Burlington County. He can now see things six feet away in the Delaware, in contrast to places like Sylvan Lake in Burlington Township, where the visibility is about six inches, Edwardson said. "The river's the best around," he said.
January 16, 2002 |
Caught on the defensive after the release of a federal report indicating poor water quality in some Chester County streams, county commissioners pledged yesterday to increase efforts to improve stream water. At the weekly commissioners' meeting, county water authority officials gave a sobering overview of stream water health in a county known for its commitment to conservation. In Chester County, 276 of 1,300 total miles - about 21 percent - of streams do not meet state water quality standards, officials said.
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.