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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FILE PHOTO:  A plastic bag sits along a roadside in Sacramento, Calif.

Pa. lawmakers push to eliminate litter and single-use plastic

'Recycling is broken in Pennsylvania....the whole system needs to be reworked'
By Catalina Jaramillo

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a water tower stands above a residential neighborhood in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. EPA testing between 2013 and 2015 found significant amounts of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states.

Abigail Leedy, left, and other climate justice activists have been visiting congressional offices in the city, asking for support for the Green New Deal.

Young people in Philly are pushing the Green New Deal — and they’re willing to do more than just talk about it

Republicans say it’s “a socialist fantasy.” But young activists say a climate change crisis calls for dramatic action, and they’ve already staged one sit-in.

By Catalina Jaramillo

The Tunkhannock Creek crosses Pocono Raceway property in Long Pond, Pa. It feeds into the Delaware River. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Environmentalists win battle to protect ‘exceptional’ streams in the Poconos

A group of resort owners had challenged DEP's new classification of headwater streams in Monroe County
By Catalina Jaramillo

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
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