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.
January 4, 2013 |
Stand by for increased shelling at a Monmouth County, N.J., naval base. State environmental officials are allowing an experimental oyster colony at a Navy pier in Middletown to expand. The goal of researchers from Rutgers University and the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper is to reestablish the once-plentiful shellfish in the Raritan Bay to help improve its water quality. The state Department of Environmental Protection allowed the groups to use nearly 11 acres off the Earle Naval Weapons Station to grow oysters and expand its research reef.
April 20, 2012 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it would not take any action in response to tests of 16 more drinking-water wells in the embattled natural gas-drilling town of Dimock, Pa., and one resident whose well showed elevated levels of carcinogenic arsenic declined the agency's offer for alternative water. The test results largely reinforced findings the EPA released recently on its tests of 31 other residential water wells in the Susquehanna County township, where opponents and supporters of Marcellus Shale natural gas development have clashed.
September 27, 2011 |
CAPE MAY - The heavy shipping that produces urban pollution in the Delaware River near Philadelphia usually isn't a problem downstream, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. But scientists want to know how other activities - including species habitat destruction and overfishing - may be affecting the vast estuary, and how the exchange between the two waterways affects the quality of brackish flow. This summer, a research team from the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment installed a data-collection device aboard the Twin Capes, one of the vessels of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
July 22, 2011 |
When a group of teenagers approached Cobbs Creek this week to test its water quality, they could see something was wrong even before collecting samples: hundreds of dead fish were floating in the slow-moving West Philadelphia waterway. After a short hike upstream and some quick chemical tests, they fingered an apparent culprit Wednesday morning: chlorinated water draining from a municipal swimming pool. The matter was still under investigation Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Protection, whose officials said they did not know for sure who bore responsibility for the mishap.
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.