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.
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.
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.
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.