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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.

Delaware Water Gap, N.J.

Crisis at UDC averted

On Feb. 8, the Upper Delaware Council found out that its access to its usual funding — $300,000 annually — had been released. The U.S. Department of the Interior had withheld the payments that the UDC received via the National Park Service while the department reviewed all grants of $50,000 or more. (See related story…

A bend in the Delaware River in Tusten, N.Y., one of the Upper Delaware towns that is a member of the Upper Delaware Council. PHOTO BY MEG MCGUIRE

Upper Delaware Council, handcuffed by feds, faces possible closure

For 30 years, the Upper Delaware Council has navigated the sometimes turbulent political waters of the upper Delaware — and the significant players that paddle in those waters. (The upper Delaware is the river from where its two branches meet in Hancock, N.Y., 73.4 miles south to Millrift, Pa., about four miles north of Port…

Audience at the afternoon hearing at Waymart, Pa. on the DRBC's proposed fracking ban — at Ladore Retreat and Conference Center.

Hearings on fracking ban draw mostly support

A massive, sullen mountain lies between Carbondale and Waymart, Pa. — the site of the first two public hearings on Jan. 23 on the proposed ban on fracking in the Delaware River watershed. The top of the mountain marks the border between the Delaware River Basin and the Susquehanna River Basin. No ban exists on…

Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission Steve Tambini (center) is flanked by representatives of the four river states. Out of the picture is the federal government's representative, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Confusion (about the fracking public hearing) abounds! Clarity follows —

This post has new information about the online registration to attend the public hearings. Yes, the dates, times and places for the fracking hearings are still correct, but there’s more clarity about the registration. According to Clarke Rupert, the Delaware River Basin Commission’s communications manager, the DRBC is concerned that everyone who drives to any…

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…


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. 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: 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…

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