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.
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.
August 24, 2012 |
Murky storm-water ponds, ugly waste-water lagoons and threatened wetlands may soon find a friend that helps them look and feel better. The tonic appears in the form of small floating islands filled with beneficial plants that help improve water quality, curtail erosion, and benefit wildlife. In southeastern Virginia, these grant-funded islands have been planted and are being studied and evaluated at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester Point, Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and Elizabeth River sites.
November 20, 2002 |
Sponsors of a bill that would for the first time require major water-using industries to report their rate of consumption said yesterday that they hoped for quick passage before the legislative session ends next week. Although the measure has the blessing of the Schweiker administration and industry groups, potential dams lie ahead. Virtually every environmental group in the state has lined up against the bill, saying it will undermine the state's Clean Streams Law and that loopholes in the measure could allow industries to continue to operate unchecked, threatening water supplies and water quality.
June 21, 1999 |
For years, Darby Creek was the neglected stepchild of storm-water management. Delaware County planners gave higher priority to studying Ridley and Chester Creeks, which faced faster development. But now, as a result of two lawsuits and changing views on watershed management, the creek is getting attention from many directions at once. The county is studying storm-water flow, the state is testing aquatic life, Philadelphia officials are monitoring sewage spills, and a community group is conducting a broad survey on conservation of the Darby Creek watershed.
August 1, 2000 |
When workers poke a hole in a small dam on the Manatawney Creek in Pottstown later his week, the muddy water gushing out will be only the most visible effect. As the pond behind the dam empties, an entire ecosystem will be readjusting itself, from the bacteria and algae to the invertebrates that crawl along the bottom to the fish that swim in it. And all that will not go unnoticed. A team of dozens of researchers from the Patrick Center for Environmental Research, an arm of the Academy of Natural Sciences, will log and quantify everything.
November 13, 2005 |
As mallards swam on the far edge of the pond and horses grazed in a nearby field, a group of middle school students scrambled down to the pond to test the water quality. Darryl Smack, a student at Drexel Hill Middle School, stuck a thermometer into the water as other students collected samples in test tubes. Huddled together, they soon were evaluating the pond's pH, or level of acidity, and checking the level of nitrates and phosphates, possibly from fertilizers. The outdoor experiments are part of a watershed awareness program offered by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the state's oldest nonprofit environmental education organization, which makes its home at Ridley Creek State Park in Edgmont.
October 1, 1996 |
They were up to their stomachs in the numbingly cold Brandywine Creek, sifting caddis flies, mayflies and somewhat gruesome hellgrammites, which can grow 3 inches long and have fierce-looking head pincers, segmented wormlike bodies and scads of crawly legs. For 22 Henderson High School seniors, yesterday's daylong canoe trip and scavenger hunt for water critters was included in their grades as part of a new class called FLOWS - standing for "The Future, the Legacy of Our WaterShed.
March 8, 1990 |
The Newtown Township supervisors have decided to hire accounting and engineering consultants to study whether the township has the money to buy and run its own water company. The decision made during Monday's meeting was the first step in the township's quest to acquire the Indian Rock Water Co., a subsidiary of the Newtown Artesian Water Co. Newtown Artesian has proposed that the two companies be merged. If the merger is approved by the Public Utilities Board, Indian Rock will cease to exist and its customers will be served by Newtown Artesian.
January 18, 2012 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed a bill Tuesday that aids land developers in the state by delaying antipollution efforts, a move environmentalists said would mean further deterioration of New Jersey's water quality. At issue are sewer-service designations, or areas of the state approved to someday have sewer service. The sewer boundaries are important because they determine where large-scale development can take place. Under current rules, county governments can protect land from development and reduce dirty storm water and sewage overflow from entering waterways by removing the property from approved sewer-service areas.