July 14, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House passed a bill yesterday that would sharply curtail the federal government's role in protecting waters from pollution by barring the Environmental Protection Agency from overruling state decisions on water quality. The bill passed on a 239-184 vote. Sixteen Democrats joined the majority of Republicans in supporting it. The White House threatened to veto the bill, saying that it "would roll back the key provisions . . . that have been the underpinning of 40 years of progress in making the nation's waters fishable, swimmable and drinkable.
June 30, 1989 |
Health officials yesterday reopened the Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, 22 hours after closing it because of high concentrations of fecal bacteria in the water. The Cape May County Health Department, working with Ocean City officials and the state Department of Environmental Protection, determined that the contamination came from several leaking sewer lines. The latest tests - taken after some offending pipes were patched - found the count had dropped from 350 to 11 fecal coliform colonies per 100 milliliters of water.
July 5, 2011
THIS JUST IN: Rivers often cross state boundaries. In fact, some rivers actually are state boundaries. So if hazardous waste were dumped into the Delaware River in, say, Trenton, some of it would almost certainly find its way to Philadelphia. And we likely would have a problem with that. When it comes to water quality, we're all in this together. That's why the Clean Water Act - which sets and mandates the enforcement of national standards for water quality - has been essential to protecting the environment for nearly four decades.
March 30, 1989 |
The Friends of Pennypack Park joined the Pennypack Environmental Center March 18 for the center's spring cleanup, and the group has another cleanup - of Pennypack Creek and adjacent trails - scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The group encourages residents to bring their gloves, energy and concern for the park to these cleanups, in which the volunteers pick up refuse from the park. Trucks and workers from the Fairmount Park Commission will be on hand Saturday to collect the refuse.
August 6, 1989 |
For the second month in a row, the issue of tap water quality dominated a Schuylkill Township Supervisors' meeting Wednesday. Schuylkill resident Joseph Zikmund was among the first to complain about his water, saying: "At least once a week, especially during the heavy rains, I have mud coming out of my faucets. " Zikmund added that the color of his laundry has changed from white to brown. Township chairman Herman A. John suggested changing water companies. "I have been trying to contact the vice president of development for the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co.," John said.
January 16, 1987 |
Gloucester County officials decided last night to pay an additional $14,000 for water test results so that the landfill in South Harrison Township can open Feb. 2. Groundwater tests will be conducted early next week, according to Joseph W. Clegg, chairman of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority, which oversees the landfill. The county will pay $65,000 - $14,000 more than originally projected - to get the results before Feb. 2. Officials said that the test results normally would take four to six weeks, but that for the extra cost they could get them back in two weeks.
August 2, 1990 |
The purpose of the mission couldn't have sounded more serious: benthic macroinvertebrate bioassessment. But you wouldn't have guessed it by watching the folks splashing around in the Pennypack Creek Monday evening. "This is our excuse to act like kids," said Judy Toohey, her sneakers drenched as she waded through a foot of water about 10 yards away from the dam near Verree Road. Toohey was one of a dozen members of the Friends of Pennypack Park who showed up for the water-testing session, led by Bob Haines, the group's vice president for environmental affairs, and Pennypack Environmental Center naturalist Peter Kurtz.
January 29, 2016 |
The long-standing lack of concern at every level of government about poisonous water in Flint, Mich., should serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation. People's lives are at stake when environmental safeguards are ignored for economic or political considerations. In 2014, Flint opted out of Detroit's water system, which draws from Lake Huron, to save money. The town started getting its water from the Flint River while a less expensive provider built a new pipeline to Lake Huron.
April 16, 2016
By Joseph M. Manko In recent weeks, the issue of safe drinking water has been unusually conspicuous, thanks to headlines emanating from Flint, Mich., and elsewhere. Philadelphians have good reason to be proud of their city's robust tradition of watershed protection and commitment to providing safe, top-quality drinking water. That commitment was first made 200 years ago, when the city's government, business, and community leaders decided on an innovative plan to create a public waterworks system that would guarantee safe drinking water for the citizens of Philadelphia.
July 24, 1990 |
Almost everyone is an unabashed environmentalist until conditions require deeds to match rhetoric. Then, economics often transforms those who talk a big game into bench warmers. New Jersey is finding that out the hard way. It's the only state to mandate that beaches be closed if tests demonstrate that "safe" bacteria levels have been exceeded. Other states issue advisories on water quality, but generally leave it up to the discretion of coastal authorities as to whether beaches should be closed.