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AP: DRBC planning to propose permanent fracking ban

The Delaware River Basin Commission plans to propose a permanent ban on fracking, according to a report by the Associated Press. The AP cited an anonymous source within the DRBC, who said the agency planned an announcement on Friday. DRBC spokesman Clarke Rupert, would not comment other than to refer to the official DRBC agenda [...]

Trump’s EPA cuts threaten water quality in Delaware River Basin, report says

Water quality in the Delaware River Basin would be impaired if the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget become law, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report from the environmental group PennEnvironment said the EPA has played a critical role in the Delaware River’s improved health in [...]

NYC reservoir release plan would cut flows in Delaware River

New York City is planning to sharply reduce the amount of water it releases into the Upper Delaware River this fall in an effort to revive multi-state talks on how to manage the river’s water resources to meet a range of demands including drinking-water supply, fishing, tourism, and environmental protection. The city’s Department of Environmental [...]

Trump revokes Obama order protecting infrastructure projects from climate impacts

President Trump has rolled back rules aimed at protecting federal infrastructure projects from rising sea levels and dangerous storms caused by climate change. Trump announced the move on Tuesday, at a press conference touting plans to fast track the building of roads and bridges. Just before engaging in a hostile exchange with reporters over the [...]

Dam removal helps American shad return after disappearing for centuries

For the first time in centuries, the American shad entered the Musconetcong River during its spring spawning migration upriver this year. The Musky, as it’s known to locals, is a tributary of the Delaware in Northwestern New Jersey. The Hughesville Dam, standing 18 feet tall and 150 feet wide, had blocked its way. But with the dam [...]

New Jersey oyster farmers betting on a comeback, climate permitting

Delaware Bay oysters are on their way back after decades of decline. But questions remain on how climate change will impact the resurgence in the South Jersey towns once known for shipping oysters across the country. Last century, the South Jersey communities of Bivalve and Shell Pile in Cumberland County, produced over 1 million bushels [...]

DEP staffers warned superiors of dangers to private water wells from pipeline construction

A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection official waved a red flag to higher ups in January over potential issues with Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline construction on private water wells. “Though we don’t regulate it, this private well issue has the potential to really blow up…,” wrote Domenic Rocco, waterways and wetlands program manager for [...]

Sea level rise to cause chronic flooding in Delaware Bay and Jersey Coast, scientists say

About 170 coastal communities across the nation will experience chronic flooding 20 years from now, disrupting people’s life and daily routines, and forcing residents of those communities to make difficult and expensive decisions, according to a study out this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists. In a moderate sea level rise scenario, cities and [...]

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