Catalina Jaramillo

Catalina Jaramillo is a part-time reporter for StateImpact PA. She covers water issues in the Delaware Watershed. She was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, and has written for several publications in Chile, Mexico and the U.S. She’s a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and has been a Fulbright and Metcalf fellow.

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The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery accounts for almost 16 percent of the city's carbon footprint, according to a City report that describes how to make deep cuts in carbon emissions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mixed reviews for a $120M renewable energy plant at Philly refinery

Philadelphia's largest air pollution source plans to host a facility that will convert food waste to natural gas
By Catalina Jaramillo

A swimmer jumps into the Devil’s Pool in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Swimming in the Wissahickon isn’t so idyllic: There’s poop in it.

As much as 90 percent of the water in the Wissahickon is treated sewage that comes from four wastewater-treatment plants upstream. Apparently, most people just shrug it off.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Dolphins swim in the Shrewsbury River Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in Sea Bright, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A missing gene could make marine mammals more vulnerable to common pesticides

Organophosphates drain off farms and make their way to the ocean, where they could be harming sea creatures like whales, dolphins and manatees.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Tank Creek was classified as an exceptional value stream by DEP in October 2017. It feeds into the Delaware River.

In the Poconos, a fight simmers over ‘exceptional’ streams

Six creeks recently gained special protection from the state. But some local businesses and landowners say the rules go too far.

By Catalina Jaramillo

The U.S. is expected to become a net energy exporter over the next 15 years. This photo shows Dominion Resources Cove Point terminal in Maryland. It is has been converted from a gas import facility to an export terminal to ship Marcellus Shale gas to Japan and India.

At Cove Point, Energy Sec. Perry hails shale gas’ role in U.S. export growth

Trump cabinet member called plant's opening a 'milestone.' Critics lament its other impacts
By Catalina Jaramillo

The osprey population has grown in part because of a decline in contaminants in the Delaware estuary.

Delaware estuary’s ospreys recover as fish contaminants decline, report says

Population growth suggests overall improvement in region’s ecological health
By Jon Hurdle and Catalina Jaramillo

Stormwater drains in Philadelphia have traps to capture trash, but smaller pieces of plastic can get through all the way to the river.

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream, experts say

As more plastic trash makes its way from city and town storm water drains to the ocean, a movement grows to focus on where the garbage is coming from.

By Catalina Jaramillo

This photo taken on July 11, 2012, shows the Marcus Hook Refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa. The facility, which is owned and operated by Sunoco Logistics, is an international hub for natural gas liquids–propane, ethane, and butane–from the Marcellus Shale region of Western Pennsylvania. Sunoco Logistics is spending roughly $2.5 billion on the Mariner East projects, which will connect the western part of the state to the port at Marcus Hook.

Jobs, economy vs. environment at air permit hearing for Marcus Hook energy hub

Sunoco wants to create a terminal for natural gas liquids
By Catalina Jaramillo

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Teenagers take turns jumping into the Musconetcong river just below the Asbury Mill Dam. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
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