June 28, 2011 |
TOMS RIVER - Barnegat Bay is in trouble, and the economy of the region that depends on it could be badly hurt if things don't change, New Jersey's chief environmental official said Monday. Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin noted that the bay is a huge part of New Jersey's $35.5 billion tourism-based economy. He said pollution from lawns and storm sewers is killing it. "The ecological health of Barnegat Bay is in decline, threatening the economic health of the region," he said at a hearing.
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.
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.
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.
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.