November 21, 2013 |
'I like the idea of being a curator of the land. " Henry "Hank" McNeil smiles, slowing the Land Rover so we can appreciate yet another pristine view. Within his private Winslow Farms Conservancy - 807 rolling, undulating, exquisite acres in rural Camden County - the landscape is dramatic, the scenery surprising. "There's nothing like this in New Jersey," McNeil says. "Probably nothing like this in the country. " With expert help, the Philadelphia philanthropist has transformed what had been an abused and unsightly landscape into a thing of beauty, using innovative, inexpensive, and sustainable methods and materials.
June 24, 2013 |
A faulty gasket at a fuel-distribution terminal in Malvern led to a major gasoline spill that may have dumped more than 10,000 gallons into the ground and a storm drain, authorities said. The immediate result was several businesses evacuated, dozens of emergency and environmental personnel converging on the scene, and an usually busy suburban artery cordoned off until well after dark. It was not immediately known whether the gasoline had reached nearby Little Valley Creek. The spill, discovered by a Buckeye Energy Services employee at 3:30 p.m., was brought under control several hours later, said Deborah Fries, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
April 21, 2013 |
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - The fast-rising Mississippi River made travel difficult Saturday, on the water as well as for those simply trying to cross it. The Mississippi, Missouri, and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since heavy rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths were blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, and crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterized as major flooding on the Mississippi from the Quad Cities through just north of St. Louis by the weekend, with similar projections farther south into early in the week.
January 6, 2013 |
A battle is brewing on the banks of the Schuylkill - and the Monongahela, the Lackawanna, the Juniata, the Swatara, and the Kiskiminetas. Those six waterways are vying for the Pennsylvania River of the Year title, to be decided by a public online vote. As of Friday afternoon, with 6,830 votes cast, the Monongahela was in the lead (2,103 votes), with the Schuylkill lapping at its heels (1,762). The contest, funded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and run by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the state's waterways.
November 17, 2012
TRENTON - Sandy did more than just destroy several Jersey Shore communities - it made maps of the area's waterways obsolete and knocked watercraft all over the place. Col. Rick Fuentes, state police superintendent, said boaters need to understand that waterways in the central Shore region have been drastically altered and are filled with debris. An area shown on a map with water up to 18 feet deep may now be a sandbar, he said. Among the obstacles in the waterways are sunken and displaced vessels that were dislodged by the storm and winds.
October 25, 2012 |
By Jim Kenney With all Philadelphia's waterways officially classified as impaired, we need to use every tool we have to protect our drinking water and clean up our rivers and streams. One such tool is a development buffer around the city's waterways. A buffer of at least 50 feet is important to prevent flooding, filter pollution, and manage storm runoff. Why am I writing about this today? Because it's within City Council's power to protect our waterways with a 50-foot buffer, but some in our ranks may be trying to whittle a proposed buffer down to 25 feet.
October 12, 2012 |
THAT PLASTIC container you see floating in the Schuylkill? It will probably float away from Philly, but it's hardly gone forever. Along with other junk tossed into local waterways, it ends up in the ocean, where it breaks down into a soupy mush. Remember that next you have a hankering for sushi. Need a visual on this? The 5 Gyres Institute, a California nonprofit, is teaming up with United by Blue, a Philadelphia apparel company that is dedicated to cleaning up waterways around the country, to show people the effects of pollution during a presentation here Monday.
October 4, 2012 |
Environmentalists see a fight looming in City Council over a bit of business left over from last year's zoning code reform - a bill that would determine how close something can be built to the city's rivers and streams. Legislation introduced in September would create a 50-foot buffer, or "setback," around those bodies of water - less than the 100 feet environmental advocates preferred, but a number they saw as a compromise with builders. Now environmentalists fear Council will try to reduce the setback on the city's streams - basically, everything except the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers - to 25 feet, a distance they say could harm already polluted waterways.
August 15, 2012 |
LAVALLETTE, N.J. - A marine scientist has sounded an alarm over the health of Barnegat Bay, one of New Jersey's most used recreational waterways and the source of $3 billion in annual tourist dollars. Michael Kennish of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University told lawmakers Monday that the bay was in danger of dying from unchecked runoff. The pollution sources include broken storm water basins and too much fertilizer. The pollution decreases oxygen levels, causing algae blooms and habitat loss.
June 9, 2012 |
New Jersey State Police plan to remove those white-and-red plastic "Slow Speed — No Wake" barrels from busy channels to "eliminate many of the unnecessary regulatory buoys that litter waterways," according to a statement touting the move. Admittedly, the buoys aren't the prettiest part of the landscape, but calling them litter is like calling stop signs garbage. They are essential to public safety. Eliminating warning buoys will only set the stage for more boating accidents, harm the fragile habitats of shore birds, plants, shellfish, and turtles, and require more frequent channel dredging.