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    Meg McGuire is a regular guest on WJFF's program "Making Waves." The show is on every Monday at 8 p.m., Meg is on every third Monday to talk about current issues on the Delaware.

Maya Van Rossum at a book signing in Eldred, N.Y. on Dec. 16, 2017 for her new book 'The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment.'

Who is this firebrand?

(A story about Van Rossum’s new book has been posted to this page.) Maya van Rossum was born far away in India, but since coming back to Pennsylvania when she was 18 months old, she hasn’t strayed too far from the Delaware River watershed. She grew up in Villanova, Pa., and the stream she knew…

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The Delaware Riverkeeper’s new book outlines a new approach for environmental activists

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for…

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Ten things I bet you don’t know about fracking

Well, at least I didn’t know them until I listened to David Yoxtheimer, from Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. http://www.marcellus.psu.edu He spoke at the Upper Delaware Council meeting on Dec. 7, 2017. 1. There are two major shale formations in the northeast, the Marcellus and Utica shales. The Utica shale occurs beneath the Marcellus…

The Delaware river from Milford, Pa.

No fracking in the Delaware River Basin

Or, that seems the likely outcome of the proposed regulations issued — not passed — today by the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is the government body charged with the care of the waters of the Delaware River and its watershed. The fracking issue was resolved for many states and municipalities years ago when the…

Views of the Delaware River and watershed, now mapped to predict future growth by the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University

A high-tech crystal ball maps future development on the Delaware River

Attention planners!!! Wanna buy a crystal ball? It sees into the future (say, 2070) and can predict where growth will happen. Interested? Well check out this website: drbproject.org. By now, the talented people who are reading this at the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University are cringing — and who can blame them?…

The river is too low for the various water critters who depend on it. | Photos by Lee Hartman

National Park Service wants to play a bigger role in upper Delaware River water system

There are five decree-party principals: New York State, New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Now, maybe we need another chair. The superintendent of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Kris Heister, would like The Park Service to have a seat at the table with the decree parties to ensure that the upper…

Some of the representatives of the parties involved in developing a new Flexible Flow Agreement for the Delaware River. From left, Jennifer Orr, Pennsylvania; David Wunsch, Delaware; Steve Domber, New Jersey; Brennan Tarrier, New York State and representing New York City, Jennifer Garigliano. Jeff Skelding, standing, is the executive director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River.

Delaware River flow agreement gets closer; four of five parties have signed on

Delaware confirmed that it has signed the new management plan (aka Flexible Flow Management Program) that governs how much water there is in the upper Delaware — mostly that means how much water is released from New York City’s three Delaware River reservoirs — Pepacton, Cannonsville and Neversink. That leaves only one last decree party…

Slides presented at 'Climate Change Policy in New Jersey,' a conference held on Sept. 27 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J.

Next steps for New Jersey in its battle against climate change

The past eight years have been trying for many in the room for “Climate Change Policy in New Jersey,” a conference held on Sept. 27 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J. Some of the 300-plus attendees are employees of the state in various departments who have been kept on a very tight rein while Republican…

The members of the Delaware River Basin Commission's Regulated Flow Advisory Committee presenting the draft of new rules for managing the river's flow.

Delaware River Flow Update: Good, Bad and Confusing (updated 10/2/17)

Update 10/2/17: Here’s the link from the DRBC web site that has the slides for the presentation of the new draft water regulation rules: http://www.state.nj.us/…/FFMP_PerformanceReport_Shallcross.… For the handful of readers who know and/or care about the new improved Flexible Flow Management Plan for the Delaware River, there’s good news and confusing news and some bad…

PennEast pipeline protestors gather on the pedestrian bridge over the Delaware River from Lumberville, Pa., to Raven Rock, N.J.

PennEast pipeline protest

On Sunday, protestors joined hands on a pedestrian bridge across the Delaware River as a sign of their efforts to stop the Penn East Pipeline Project. On Sept. 14, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent out a notice seeking public comment on the pipeline, a new 120-mile natural gas pipeline planned to run from…

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