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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 ...
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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 ...
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Fracking ban comments from Schnecksville, Pa

We've heard from a lot of people all over the watershed, with lots of different opinions. Let's listen more closely to the people who spoke at the fifth fracking ban public hearing in Schnecksville, Pa. Here are a handful of photos of speakers with a short summary of their comments. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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., ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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