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    DELAWARE CURRENTS ON WJFF-FM

    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.

Not many sewer plants have a view like this. One of the settling tanks in the foreground and the mist-shrouded hills above Hancock, N.Y. in the background. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

What happens after you flush and why it matters to the Delaware River

You’re not going to believe me, but it’s fascinating.
There are big-city wastewater treatment facilities with a lot more bells and whistles, but seeing this system in Hancock, N.Y., gives you a pared-down version of a vital process.

The welcome sign for the growing conservation effort in Cherry Valley, Monroe County, Pa., which is being helped by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

The Land and Water Conservation Fund: Bringing the puzzle pieces together (at least for a little while longer)

The welcome sign for the growing conservation effort in Cherry Valley, Monroe County, Pa., which is being helped by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The "new" Cherry Creek after it's been naturalized and made attractive for trout. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Trout need clean water – so do we

To most of us, they are just spidery lines on a map, and the most contact we have with them is driving over some small barely noticed bridge.

But small streams named and unnamed are home to our water supply and to trout. Trout need clean water, and so do we.

Fun AND science AND kids-- it's what BioBlitz is all about! Emmet Spooner is looking for mussels in the West Branch of the Delaware River. PHOTO BY DAVID SOETE

No fanfare, no half-time show: the Biology Super Bowl takes place in the Upper Delaware
BioBlitz 2018

Fun AND science AND Kids: It’s what a BioBlitz is all about. Emmet Spooner is helping his mom and dad look for mussels in the West Branch of the Delaware River. PHOTO BY DAVID SOETE

East Branch, from Hancock, looking upriver. This year's BioBlitz happens a little south of here in Starlight, Wayne County, Pa. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Hear ye! Hear ye! Time for the BioBlitz in the Upper Delaware!!
Get to the BioBlitz on June 30th

Learn all about the Upper Delaware BioBlitz with Nicole Slevin from Cornell Cooperative Extension (Sullivan County) in an interview on hydro-powered public radio.

The Red Knot standing at the entrance to the Dupont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor is considerably bigger than its namesake, which is about the size of a Peppermint Patty. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

All you can eat buffet is for the birds on Delaware’s bay shore

The Red Knot standing at the entrance to the Dupont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor is considerably bigger than its namesake, which is about the size of a Peppermint Patty. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE Delaware has rolled out the welcome mat for some interesting marine and avian tourists: the horseshoe crab and a celebrated bird,…

The Tri-State Monument near the Delaware River marks the spot where three of the four states that border the river meet (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York). All three states are delinquent in the funding promised to the Delaware River Basin Commission. PHOTO by Meg McGuire

#4TheDelaware? Maybe not so much
Editorial Report

The Tri-State Monument near the Delaware River marks the spot where three of the four states that border the river meet (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York). All three states are delinquent in the funding promised to the Delaware River Basin Commission. PHOTO by Meg McGuire Neither New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey nor the federal…

Looking a bit crazed, but happy -- this is yours truly on the Upper Delaware.

Yes, actually, it was wet enough for me, thanks!

Before I drove up to Hancock, N.Y., on Friday, I checked the weather.

I was going to be on the river and the elements are, shall we say, significant.

This short float on the river on April 27 was the capstone of an Upper Delaware River Summit, hosted by the Friends of the Upper Delaware (Jeff Skelding) and the National Wildlife Federation (Halle Van der Gaag).

The Delaware River at Long Eddy, N.Y. shines in the evening light.

New York and Pennsylvania study trout in the Upper Delaware

Fishing, especially trout fishing, is one of the economic drivers for the upper Delaware River, and New York and Pennsylvania have launched a three-year study to find out answers for the questions about trout in the Upper Delaware — the who, what, when, where, how and why. Anglers who fish these waters are likely to…

Dr. Tom Fikslin on the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing, Pa

Tom Fikslin retires from the DRBC after 29 years working on the Delaware River

Tom Fikslin is retiring from the Delaware River Basin Commission after 29 years of working on the river and the whole watershed. So the first question, naturally, would be: How clean is the river compared to when he arrived in 1989? His response, not surprisingly, is measured, as befits this scientist who is the DRBC’s…

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