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June 28, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 25, 1986 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
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.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 24, 1992 | By Thomas Turcol and Monica Yant, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
August 22, 1993 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 19, 1987 | By Rich Henson, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
Is the world falling apart? On Wednesday, one day after 670 million people in India —about 10 percent of the world's population — lost electrical power, residents of North Philly coped with the third water-main break in the city in 10 days. Philadelphians and New Delhians are sharing more than a miserable summer (though, actually, it's the rainy season in India); they are forced to cope with a history of inattention to infrastructure that suggests that there is no end in sight for such disasters.
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