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.
November 17, 1988
When shoppers in three states surrounding Pennsylvania - Ohio, New York and Maryland - go to the supermarket, the familiar brands of laundry detergent they buy don't contain phosphates, the chemical added as a water "conditioner. " These folks haven't been condemned to a life of dingy whites and dirty collars. Although nonphosphate detergents cost a few cents more, they also are more efficient. More than half the detergents available nationwide contain no phosphates, and the two most popular brands are phosphate-free.
September 25, 1986 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER) has tentatively upgraded its designation of Crum Creek in Willistown Township, a move that township officials say will help protect the creek from pollution. Supervisor Rita Reves announced Tuesday night that the DER's Department of Water Quality notified the township Sept. 15 that the stream has qualified for an initial upgrade from a "cold-water fishery" to a "high-quality cold- water fishery. " Edward R. Brezina, chief of the Department of Water Quality, informed the township that the move had received initial approval, but that the DER would accept comments from residents and others for the next 30 days before the legislature votes on the upgrade.
July 24, 1992 |
New Jersey received high grades yesterday for keeping its beaches clean in 1991, according to a federal study of water conditions in 22 coastal states. The Natural Resources Defense Council rated New Jersey near the top among the states for imposing and enforcing strict laws to minimize pollution along its beaches and shoreline. The council reported that in 1991, the state had to close only 108 waterfront areas - just 10 of them along the ocean and the rest on the back bays.
August 22, 1993 |
Valley Creek is the little stream that could. With the help of its legions of human defenders, the little creek keeps chugging along, notching one bureaucratic victory after another. This past week, the stream's defenders scored a major coup when the state's Environmental Quality Board voted unanimously to place all 23 square miles of the Valley Creek watershed under the state's most protective umbrella. That umbrella is known as "exceptional value status. " It aims to protect streams of the highest water quality from any degradation.
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.
July 19, 1987 |
It was a crisp October day in 1982 when Craig Moore went wading into the swift, chilly waters of the Brandywine Creek near Coatesville, in an area called Rock Run. Wearing hip boots and carrying a rather awkward-looking steel-and-mesh sampling device, Moore gingerly strolled through the creek until he came to a babbling white-topped riffle. Using the sampler, he scooped up one of the dozens of rocks on the creek bottom. In a moment, a wide smile came to his face. Trapped in the net of the sampler, along with dozens of other types of slimy, crawling, squiggly bugs in various stages of development, were several brown and yellow nymphs that one day would be transformed into stoneflies.
February 1, 2012 |
In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells. Cabot Oil & Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19 order to deliver fresh water supplies to four Dimock houses "do not accurately represent the water quality" and are inconsistent with the body of data collected at the residences.
May 9, 2000 |
On the banks of the Cooper River, Gov. Whitman signed a contract yesterday to provide funding for a committee that will draft a watershed preservation and improvement plan for 391 square miles of the lower Delaware River region. Under the agreement, the state has hired the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to form a committee with members from a variety of areas, including state and local government, the business community, and environmental groups. "This is going to improve the water quality from Burlington to Salem County," said Bob Shinn, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
August 30, 1990 |
Four watersheds within Pennsbury's boundaries provide the township with seemingly unlimited supplies of high-quality water. But, according to a 1987 U.S. Geological Survey report, as development sweeps across Chester County, streams elsewhere have begun to ebb. And now, before their township is urbanized, Pennsbury Supervisors are considering spending $100,000 on a water balance study to provide a baseline for water monitoring over the...