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  • Mon Aug 29, 2016

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    River Fest finds a home in Muhlenberg Township / General

    The Muhlenberg Township Parks and Recreation Department will hold its inaugural River Fest, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the township's Jim Dietrich Park, along the bend of the Schuylkill River where audiences can sit in their lawn chairs, enjoy music and sample a wide variety of food, from Cajun to Korean. Following up on two years of the International Festival, also held in the park, the township "decided to change it up a little," said Recreation Superintendent Karen Schreiber. "We have changed the location (of the Main Stage) closer to the farmhouse, where it's more shaded, so people can sit on their lawn chairs and enjoy the music."

  • Mon Aug 29, 2016

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    No trespassing signs posted at Peace Rock / General

    A popular recreation area along the Schuylkill River has been the site of many deaths over the years. And now, officials are taking action by closing it. Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco fills us in on the dangers of trespassing at Peace Rock. The area along the Schuylkill River and Kernsville Dam is known by many as Peace Rock. It falls between Schuylkill and Berks counties. It's always been a popular attraction; many liking the risk of jumping off the rocks. "This year, due to social media and viral videos, we had a huge influx of people coming. Hundreds on week days, and on the weekends we had about 600 people coming on both sides, and it was just getting to the point that something had to be done," said Chief William McEllroy of Tilden Twp. Police.

  • Mon Aug 29, 2016

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    Police start to crack down on Peace Rock trespassers / General

    Fifteen trespassers were told to leave the Kernsville Dam area the same day “no trespassing” signs were posted on the Berks County side of the Schuylkill River. “We kicked about 15 off the dam,” Tilden Township Police Chief William McEllroy III said Thursday.

  • Mon Aug 29, 2016

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    Sullivan’s Bridge officially connects Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge National Park / General

    This is big: Cyclists can now cruise along the Schuylkill River Trail from Philly directly into Valley Forge National Historic Park, thanks to the official opening of Sullivan’s Bridge. Officials celebrated the opening of the new multi-use bridge path on Friday, marking an official connection between the trail and the park and another addition to the Circuit Trails network. Sullivan’s Bridge is a 14-foot wide, 602-foot long bridge trail that now replaces Betzwood Bridge, which was demolished in 1995 and served as the main connection between the trails. When the bridge was demo’d, cyclists had to be detoured to a narrow, temporary boardwalk next to the Route 422 highway in order to reach the park from the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Tue Aug 16, 2016

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    Reading wastewater $27M loan to prevent sewage discharge into Schuylkill / Pathogens / Compliance

    Reading received a $27 million loan to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant on Fritz Island that it is required to fix under a federal consent decree. The loan was awarded at a meeting by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The money is in addition to a $121.8 million loan previously approved by the state agency Pennvest, Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Investment Authority.

  • Fri Aug 5, 2016

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    Bridge on Thun Trail over the Schuylkill River could be history / Education and Outreach

    The old railroad bridge that carries the Thun Trail over the Schuylkill River near Reading Area Community College could become a thing of the past. On Thursday the Berks County commissioners expressed support for a plan to demolish the bridge and reroute the recreation trail over the Bingaman Street Bridge. PennDOT plans to rebuild the Bingaman Street Bridge and has said that it could outfit the bridge with a trail lane separated from traffic.

  • Fri Aug 5, 2016

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    Greenery Covering Schuylkill River Isn't Harmful, Philadelphia Water Department Says / Education and Outreach

    Those giant, bright green patches swamping the shores of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park aren't toxic waste or algae, rather aquatic vegetation. The tracts are concentrations of Duckweed, a naturally occurring plant that flourishes in slow-moving water, according to Philadelphia Water Department spokeswoman Laura Copeland.

  • Mon Aug 1, 2016

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    Mt. Airy resident ends 112-mile mission to curb trash / Education and Outreach

    Litter drives Bradley Maule, 39, of Mt. Airy, absolutely crazy. And for that reason, in June, he took a 112-mile journey along with 200 other paddlers down the Schuylkill River to track litter as part of the Schuylkill River Sojourn, sponsored by the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN). “Litter sparked my crusade against litter,” said Maule, a freelance photographer and writer who grew up in Tyrone (Blair County, near Altoona). “Especially in parks, it drives me nuts that some people can’t pack out what they packed in. In 95% of the cases, the litter is always lighter than what you’d brought in — empty beer cans, empty water bottles and empty chip bags. It’s not hard.” Few have studied this litter at its source. That is why SAN turned to Maule. He had spoken out on the issue in 2015 with his “One Man’s Trash” exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works. This consisted of all the trash he encountered during a year of weekly hikes in Wissahickon Valley Park. “I got involved with SAN because they’re a great organization whose mission I wholly support,” explained Maule. “They were sponsoring the position of Sojourn Steward, and I was selected.”

  • Mon Aug 1, 2016

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    New trail links Hopewell Big Woods to French Creek State Park / Watershed Land Collaborative

    The connection has been made: There is now a trail connecting Hopewell Big Woods to French Creek State Park. Representatives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape, their partners, community leaders, and politicians gathered at the trail head near Hopewell Lake for a celebration on Friday, July 29. The event highlighted the cooperation between the public and private sectors.

  • Mon Aug 1, 2016

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    Student’s street art in Norristown holds an anti-littering message / Education and Outreach

    The fish-themed environmental art work on display glued to the sidewalk at the Swede and Main streets intersection comes with a humorous, anti-littering message. A green-scaled fish holding a blue umbrella tries to ward off a cascade of trash items with the captions “This is my home” and “How would you like this?” The trash is flowing from a stormwater grate, bringing home the message that trash left on the street ends up in the area’s waterways and can contaminate the drinking water downstream.

  • Mon Aug 1, 2016

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    Over a dozen volunteers descend on area of 'The Rock' to pick up litter / Education and Outreach

    A group of people cleaned up a popular but controversial swimming area north of Hamburg on Sunday morning. Jim Blandford and Al Kershner, who spearheaded the effort, are running buddies from Hamburg. They frequently run along Port Clinton Avenue/Blue Mountain Road, which stretches through Windsor Township into West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

  • Thu Jul 28, 2016

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    Bartram's Garden announces $2.7 million restoration project / General

    At a ceremony in mid-July, Bartram’s Garden unveiled a $2.7 million restoration and renovation project that updated the garden for the first time in almost a century. The funds went toward the restoration of the Ann Bartram Carr Garden, the only 19th century flower garden in Philadelphia, and towards various improvements to the property’s buildings, including installing geothermal heat sourcing. The unveiling also served as an update for the Bartram’s Mile trail, a project spearheaded by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to connect the Southwest Philadelphia green space to the ever-expanding Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Wed Jul 20, 2016

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    Kayak series explores the Schuylkill River / Education and Outreach

    Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting a series of guided kayak trips on the Schuylkill River. Departures take place from the Walnut Street Dock or out back of Manayunk Brewery.

  • Tue Jul 19, 2016

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    Trash left near The Rock in Port Clinton 'heartbreaking' / Education and Outreach

    Trash in the recreational area near “The Rock” is discouraging to the people who attempt to keep it clean. Bill Reichert, president of Schuylkill Headwaters Association, said the situation is heartbreaking. “Why would you trash a place where you want to go and recreate? It’s totally stupid,” he said Friday.

  • Thu Jul 14, 2016

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    Schuylkill 'Ride for the River' Begins and Ends At Sly Fox Festival / Education and Outreach

    Registration is now open for the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s Ride for the River, a new bike ride that will take cyclists from Pottstown to Reading and back along the Schuylkill River Trail, a press release states. The ride, planned for September 24, will include options for 16- and 40-mile routes. It will begin and end at the Sly Fox Can Jam Festival, where, after the ride, participants can kick back and enjoy food, Sly Fox beer and the festival’s line up of free, live music, according to the release.

  • Thu Jul 14, 2016

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    River Dance: Beck Epoch Swings over the Schulykill / General

    Be pre­pared to wit­ness folks dangling off the Straw­berry Man­sion Bridge in Fair­mont Park this week­end. But don’t be alarmed! In fact, in­stead of di­al­ing for help, hustle over to that side of the Schuylkill for a glimpse at a per­form­ance you un­doubtedly won’t see hap­pen­ing again this year. Con­ceived and ex­pan­ded this year by loc­al per­form­ance art group In­vis­ible River, the group aims to draw at­ten­tion to the beauty of the Schuylkill River. Beck Epoch is an aer­i­al per­form­ance that audi­ences can wit­ness either via boat or kayak (you can buy a “seat” on the wa­ter) or free on dry land. We spoke with cho­reo­graph­er, aer­i­al­ist and artist­ic/ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of Beck, Alie Vidich about this unique sum­mer per­form­ance.

  • Mon Jul 11, 2016

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    A Watershed Moment: Local brewers donate money to keep our drinking water clean / Education and Outreach

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    Journalist Paddles Over 100 Miles To Track Schuylkill’s Trash / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network has partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. This comes about three weeks after Maule’s 112-mile journey down the river, from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10. During this time he served as the SAN’s sojourn steward. This required him to document the river’s trash. To do this he used the hashtag #SojournSteward on Facebook and Instagram. He also posted articles on PhillySkyline.com. “As I expected, the most visible form of litter is always plastic,” said Maule. “Piles of plastic bottles accumulating from urban storm drains, sheets of plastic wrapped in tree branches and roots on banks — discarded plastic always presents a harsh contrast in the natural world.”

  • Mon Jul 11, 2016

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    Cleaning the Banks of the Schuylkill River / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network has partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. This comes about three weeks after Maule’s 112-mile journey down the river, from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10.

  • Wed Jul 6, 2016

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    The Schuylkill River you don't know / Education and Outreach

    Bradley Maule spits out the names of bottlers of water like obscenities. "Deer Park. Poland Springs. Dasani. Arrowhead," he says. "Each of them is made of three types of plastic: the bottle, the label and the lid … They might as well last forever, because when they break down they just break down into smaller pieces of plastic." For $1 to $1.75, plastic water bottles offer fresh drinking water that, from a water fountain or home tap, costs at most pennies. But the fact that used bottles of water are among the biggest sources of floating litter on public bodies of water is what makes the irony particularly offensive. Floating water bottles were the most common garbage that Maule observed on the Schuylkill during a recent seven-day, 112-mile trek down the river, from Schuylkill Haven to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

  • Wed Jul 6, 2016

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    Environmental group maps schlock on the Schuylkill / Education and Outreach

    An orange traffic cone sits in a bird bath, which in turn rests in a rusty shopping cart. This not an avant garde art project - it's a pile of trash on the banks of the Schuylkill River. A photo of that compelling pile of junk is part of an effort to chronicle the trash that finds its way into the river and starting convincing us to knock it off. The Schuylkill - a Dutch name meaning "hidden river" - bends and flows through 135 miles of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Along way, it picks up a lot of rubbish. Street trash washed down storm drains ends up in the waterway, as does larger trash dumped there directly.

  • Wed Jul 6, 2016

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    Schuylkill paddler helps track trash during Sojourn / Education and Outreach

    Soujourn is usually about the beauty of the outdoors but as one paddler found out, the outdoors can get messy. The Schuylkill Action Network partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10. During this time he served as the SAN’s sojourn steward. This required him to document the river’s trash. To do this he used the hashtag #SojournSteward on Facebook and Instagram. He also posted articles on PhillySkyline.com.

  • Wed Jul 6, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network: Journalist Paddles Over 100 Miles To Track Trash / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network has partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. This comes about three weeks after Maule’s 112-mile journey down the river, from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10. During this time he served as the SAN’s sojourn steward. This required him to document the river’s trash. To do this he used the hashtag #SojournSteward on Facebook and Instagram. He also posted articles on PhillySkyline.com. “As I expected, the most visible form of litter is always plastic,” said Maule. “Piles of plastic bottles accumulating from urban storm drains, sheets of plastic wrapped in tree branches and roots on banks — discarded plastic always presents a harsh contrast in the natural world.” The SAN has worked to reduce litter washing into the river since 2011. That is when it expanded the Schuylkill Scrub, an annual campaign to clean up the Schuylkill Valley. This, in turn, keeps the Delaware Estuary clean.

  • Fri Jul 1, 2016

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    Schuylkill paddler helps track trash during Sojourn / Education and Outreach

    Soujourn is usually about the beauty of the outdoors but as one paddler found out, the outdoors can get messy. The Schuylkill Action Network partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10. During this time he served as the SAN’s sojourn steward. This required him to document the river’s trash. To do this he used the hashtag #SojournSteward on Facebook and Instagram. He also posted articles on PhillySkyline.com.

  • Thu Jun 30, 2016

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    Journalist Paddles Over 100 Miles to Track Schuylkill’s Trash / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network has partnered with Bradley Maule of Philadelphia to pinpoint the Schuylkill River’s most littered banks. This comes about three weeks after Maule’s 112-mile journey down the river, from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Maule joined more than 200 paddlers for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on June 4-10. During this time he served as the SAN’s sojourn steward. This required him to document the river’s trash. To do this he used the hashtag #SojournSteward on Facebook and Instagram. He also posted articles on PhillySkyline.com.

  • Wed Jun 29, 2016

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    Public Input Sought for the Future of Schuylkill River Heritage Area / General

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is inviting community partners and residents to a public meeting to help shape the future of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, including its signature project, the Schuylkill River Trail, they announced in a press release.

  • Wed Jun 29, 2016

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    Otter Sightings On The Rise Along Schuylkill River / General

    Next time you’re along the Schuylkill River keep your eyes peeled for some playful little critters that are becoming more and more popular in the area. It’s a sign that efforts to improve the environment are paying off.

  • Wed Jun 29, 2016

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    Invisible River's aerial performance returns to the Schuylkill / General

    Invisible River will put on a two-night show, beginning on July 15. Aerial dancers will be suspended from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to perform the show "Beck Epoch" above the Schuylkill River. Viewing the show from land is free, just bring a blanket or chair to sit along the bank, but there is another option to get closer to the action.

  • Fri Jun 24, 2016

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    Yuengling settles wastewater violations / General

    The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that Pottsville-based D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. has settled Clean Water Act violations involving its two breweries in Schuylkill County.

  • Fri Jun 24, 2016

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    U.S. brewer Yuengling to pay $10 million to settle pollution case / General

    D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc, the oldest U.S. brewing company, will pay close to $10 million to settle charges it violated the federal Clean Water Act through the excessive discharge of pollutants by two large Pennsylvania breweries it operates. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said Yuengling entered a consent decree under which it will spend about $7 million to upgrade the breweries, located in its hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Without admitting liability, Yuengling agreed to set up an environmental management system for the breweries, hire an outside auditor and improve training, the decree said. Yuengling will also pay a $2.8 million civil penalty.

  • Wed Jun 15, 2016

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    Spend summer in rays of sunshine for good health (photos) / General

    The official first day of summer is June 20, which means it’s time to take it outdoors for swimming, bicycling, running and more. With school being out, it’s the perfect season for families to get outside for some vitamin D. Sunlight allows the body to naturally produce vitamin D which is necessary for overall health. Not only does it aid in strong bones but it also helps your muscles, heart, lungs and brain function properly.

  • Wed Jun 15, 2016

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    Learn everything you want to know about ‘City in a Park’ / General

    One of the main attractions of living in northwest Philadelphia, if not the number one attraction, is the section of Fairmount Park that courses through big swaths of Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, Roxborough and East Falls. Fairmount Park consists of more than 100 parks, squares and green spaces totaling approximately 11,000 acres. It is believed to be the largest landscaped urban park system in the world. By contrast, for example, Central Park, the object of a mountain of New York boasting, is a mere 1,000 acres, or less than 10 percent the size of Fairmount Park. If you have ever enjoyed jogging in the park, walking your dog, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, etc., you will undoubtedly enjoy an illustrated lecture based on the newly published book, “City in a Park,” presented by its authors, James McClelland and Lynn Miller, on Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m., at the Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave. in East Falls. The presentation is hosted by the East Falls Historical Society.

  • Wed Jun 15, 2016

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    WATCH: 112 Boats Launch Into Schuylkill As 'Sojourn' Continues / General

    The Schuylkill River Sojourn, a seven day kayaking and canoe adventure on the river, launched this week as 112 boats launched into the water. The video below captures the boats as they move en route from Mont Clare.

  • Wed Jun 15, 2016

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    Storms can’t dampen Schuylkill River Sojourners’ spirits / General

    Two fast-moving heavy storms couldn’t dampen the spirits of Schuylkill River Sojourners, as they continued the next leg of their voyage Wednesday. While the paddlers were forced to shelter in place twice during the 15 miles between Pottstown and Mont Clare, many said they couldn’t have been in safer hands. “Our guides are awesome, so I really trust them to take good care of us,” said Nancy Moyer, of Chalfont. “I think if we were in danger then they would make sure we were OK. It was an adventure, but it wasn’t terrifying.”

  • Wed Jun 15, 2016

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    Record-Setting ‘Sojourn’ Highlights the Schuylkill River’s Wild Beauty / General

    If you happened to be in Philadelphia admiring the Schuylkill River’s picturesque beauty from afar last week, you might have been startled by what appeared to be an enormous flock of florescent birds, all of them rhythmically flapping their wings on the shimmering water:

  • Wed Jun 8, 2016

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    18th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn stops in Pottstown / General

    Like a brightly colored swarm of insects hovering above the water, 114 kayakers paddled from Amity Township to Riverfront Park in Pottstown Tuesday afternoon, completing day four of the 18th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn. The pit stop was one of many along 112-mile week long excursion that began Saturday in Schuylkill County and ends in Philadelphia.

  • Tue Jun 7, 2016

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    Schuylkill River Sojourn offers challenges and rewards / General

    After paddling 15.5 miles on the first day of the week-long Schuylkill River Sojourn, Dory Peterson's teeth hurt from grinding them in difficult stretches and her hands ached from clenching the oars.

  • Tue Jun 7, 2016

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    Out & About: Treasured waters / Education and Outreach

    June is National Rivers Month, including our own Pennsylvania Rivers Month. I love rivers! Who wouldn’t? They’re a critical natural resource, an important part of our history and the life blood of who we are. Since humans inhabited this planet, we have migrated toward the water, especially rivers. Entire civilizations were created near rivers, and many of our world’s largest cities were built along them. Today, these same cities rely on them for drinking water, commerce, energy, food and recreation. Unfortunately, unless you make a living directly from a local river, you may be disconnected from these precious natural waterways. That’s part of the goal of this month long celebration. A time to discover (or rediscover) the significance, value, beauty and just pure fun, the role that rivers play in our daily lives, and just as important, how vital they are in our ecosystem.

  • Mon Jun 6, 2016

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    Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn to launchfrom Island Park in Schuylkill Haven / General

    As paddlers journey down the Schuylkill River during the 18th annual sojourn, a video will be made about litter problems affecting the waterway. The annual week-long, 112-mile guided paddle to Philadelphia will launch at 9 a.m. Saturday from Island Park in Schuylkill Haven. Check-in will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the park, with CNJ Locomotive 113 arriving at 5 p.m. for visitors to see and climb aboard. Paddlers will camp out at the park and the public is invited to join that night’s activities.

  • Mon Jun 6, 2016

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    Anti-litter activist travels with Schuylkill River Sojourn / Education and Outreach

    As more than 120 people geared up to embark on the 18th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn on Saturday, Bradley Maule readied his cameras. “It’s a Nikon Coolpix AW130. It’s a little waterproof, shockproof thing. I also have an iPhone 6s,” said Maule, Philadelphia, who was easy to spot since he wore a bright red Phillies cap. The 39-year-old photographer is going on the 112-mile journey, which will conclude Friday at the Philadelphia Canoe Club. On the way, he plans to assemble a photo essay, mapping out “trash hot-spots” along the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Jun 6, 2016

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    MLK Drive Trail on track for $1.5 million restoration / General

    Philadelphia's scenic Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Trail, a 4-mile stretch from the Falls Bridge up across the Schuylkill River, appears on track for a much-needed restoration after the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission approved $500,000 toward the $1.5 million project. For years, the MLK Drive Trail has been a weekend destination for cyclists, who are given free reign on Saturday and Sunday from April through October while the roadway is closed to motorists. Over the past two decades, however, nature has taken its toll on the trail, formerly known as West River Drive.

  • Mon Jun 6, 2016

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    River sojourn stops in Muhlenberg / Education and Outreach

    Once a year, passionate paddlers head out on the water for the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, which starts in Schuylkill Haven and ends in Philadelphia. For the event's eighth year, about 80 paddlers are undertaking the almost weeklong 112-mile journey. Along the way, about 150 more will join them for short excursions. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/annual-river-sojourn-stops-at-muhlenberg-park#sthash.0lUzooK7.dpuf

  • Tue May 31, 2016

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    Award winning Schuylkill River Sojourn gets ready for 18th year / General

    The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn is always a week-long celebration of the river. This year, the more than 200 paddlers participating in the seven-day journey from June 4 to 10 will also celebrate the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn itself. Earlier this year, the 112 mile guided canoe/kayak tour of the river was recognized with a National Public Outreach Project Award by the American Society for Environmental History. It was the only project nationwide so honored.

  • Tue May 31, 2016

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    Solution remains elusive for trash pileup along river / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River Trail is a source of regional pride, an award-winning wooded path used by thousands of walkers, runners and bikers. However, one spot along the trail has turned into a major eyesore. Beneath the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Schuylkill River near Douglassville, litter has accumulated along the shoreline over several years, becoming an unsightly mess that's nearly impossible for trail users to miss. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/solution-remains-elusive-for-trash-pileup-along-river#sthash.2FQQXSYo.dpuf

  • Thu May 26, 2016

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    Interview with a Schuylkill River Trail volunteer / General

    Three hundred days a year, by his estimation, Mike Doyle rides the Schuylkill River Trail. He picks up trash, hands out trail maps and educates trail users as a kind of docent. He doesn't use that term, however. “I'm a trail fixture,” he said as he rode his silver mountain bike alongside us on Wednesday afternoon. My colleagues Garry Lenton, Nicole Brambila, Grant Mahon and I were out for a walk along the trail on the campus of Reading Area Community College when Doyle rode alongside us, offering assistance and maps. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/interview-with-a-schuylkill-river-trail-volunteer#sthash.m5Z47UMu.dpuf

  • Wed May 11, 2016

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    Schuylkill River Valley Pumps $590 Million Into Local Economy / General

    A report issued by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area had some impressive findings: the area generates $589.9 million each year.

  • Wed May 11, 2016

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    Follow the trail in Pottstown at this week’s Mercury Mile walk / General

    This week’s Mercury Mile walk is hitting the Schuylkill River Trail in Pottstown. The trail is a beautiful place to walk while enjoying nature at the same time. Participants will meet at Riverfront Park, located at 140 College Drive, noon Wednesday. The park is next to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area building. The short exercise will take about 20 minutes and the only thing needed is good walking shoes. Invite friends, family and even pets to this community event.

  • Mon May 9, 2016

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    Schuylkill River In Dire Straits After Dredging Is Delayed By Tight Budgets / General

    Rowers from all over the country will converge on the Schuylkill River this weekend for the prestigious Dad Vail regatta, but underneath their boats a growing problem threatens the future of the activity. The river, from boathouse row to the twin bridges in East Falls, is so clogged with sediment that boats soon may not be able to safely row. There’s becoming-more-acute safety issues with regards to access,” says Paul Laskow, chair of the River Restoration Committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the boat club association.

  • Mon May 9, 2016

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    Study: Schuylkill River Heritage Area generates millions / General

    The results of a new Economic Impact Study show that the nationally-significant historic and natural features of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area annually generate more than $589.9 million in economic impact for the Schuylkill River Region. The results of the study were released last week to a group of federal, state, county and local officials at a press conference held at Valley Forge National Park. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area encompasses the Schuylkill River watershed through five counties: Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Schuylkill. It is one of only 49 national heritage areas in the country. National heritage areas work to revitalize and restore the region through natural and cultural resource preservation, education, recreation, community revitalization and heritage tourism.

  • Fri May 6, 2016

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    Perkiomen Valley Students Awarded For Protecting Schuylkill Watershed / Education and Outreach

    Every year, the Schuylkill Action Network awards three schools in the Schuylkill Watershed that help protect sources of drinking water - that is the creeks, streams, and rivers where we get our water from. Water protection activities can include stormwater management practices, class projects, educational programs, community engagement, and more, the Network said.

  • Fri May 6, 2016

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    With new pocket park along Ridge Avenue, high hopes for Roxborough's commercial corridor / General

    When the first Night Market of the season converges on Ridge Avenue and Green Lane on May 12, the crowds coming for the food trucks will also find a new amenity on Roxborough's commercial corridor. The avenue's budding new park at 6170-72 Ridge will be open for visitors, and a deejay will be spinning music for the first evening activity in the new green space, which was beautified this season with a wide plant palette of 15 trees, 30 shrubs, and planters at the entrance of the adjacent Leverington Avenue parking lot. Among the plantings are honeylocust, magnolia, river birch, blackgum and dogwood trees, and varieties of hydrangeas, holly, mountain laurel, viburnum and rhododendron.

  • Thu May 5, 2016

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    Schuylkill River Towns To Host Two Programs In Phoenixville / General

    The Schuylkill River Towns Program (SRTP), an initiative of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, is hosting two community events in the Phoenixville area this month. On Saturday, May 7, SRTP will be hosting a tour of the Lock 60 area of the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare. Lead by a guide from the Schuylkill Canal Association, this tour will cover the history and natural features of the area. The tour is $5/person and space is limited - participants can click here to register.

  • Thu May 5, 2016

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    Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville students awarded for Schuylkill River protection efforts / Education and Outreach

    Two area schools are getting a well deserved pat on the back for their efforts in helping to protect the environment. Students from Perkiomen Valley High School’s Key Club and Phoenixville Area Middle School’s Envirothon and Environmental Awareness Club each received the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award for their help with outdoor service projects designed to protect the Schuylkill River and local drinking water. Each club was given a free pizza party and a plaque as a thank you gift.

  • Thu May 5, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network Recognizes 3 Schools For Protecting Drinking Water / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network will recognize students from Perkiomen High School, Montgomery County on May 3 for their efforts to protect the Schuylkill River and its drinking water; one of three schools recognized under the SAN’s Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards.

  • Thu May 5, 2016

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    Report: Schuylkill, valley generate $590 million annually / General

    Their industrial heydays are history, but the Schuylkill and the towns along its banks have become magnets for tourism and businesses, generating over a half-billion dollars annually and supporting more than 6,000 jobs, according to a report released Wednesday. From the Schuylkill County coal country, a driving force during the Industrial Revolution, to its merger with the Delaware River in Philadelphia, the nationally designated Schuylkill River National Heritage Area "has transformed communities," said the National Park Service-funded study. The study, the first of its kind for the 128-mile waterway, cited benefits to hotels, museums, retail, restaurants, real estate, and transportation.

  • Mon Apr 25, 2016

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    Study examines culinary cravings of crayfish / General

    While macroinvertebrates are a tasty food source for crayfish, a new study revealed a surprising finding: When crayfish were placed in experimental enclosures in the stream, macroinvertebrate density was higher, not lower. Stroud Water Research Center’s lead fluvial geomorphologist Melinda Daniels, and Lindsey Albertson, a postdoctoral researcher and ecology professor from Montana State University, conducted the study in Valley Creek, an urbanized and degraded tributary of the Schuylkill River, according to a Stroud press release.

  • Mon Apr 25, 2016

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    Sly Fox Spreekend Festival highlights importance of Schuylkill River Trail / General

    One stroll down the Schuylkill River Trail and you’ll understand why locals are so passionate about it. That’s why hundreds showed up over the weekend to celebrate it and work to make it even better.

  • Mon Apr 25, 2016

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    Spreekend volunteers work on Berks Thun Trail section of Schuylkill River Trail / General

    An Earth Day crew of volunteers worked along a section of the Schuylkill River Trail Saturday to begin a widening project where the trail was narrowing in Douglassville.

  • Fri Apr 22, 2016

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    Events planned to help celebrate Earth Day / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, in partnership with Sly Fox Brewery, will celebrate the Earth Day return of SRT Ale with the SRT Spreekend, a weekend-long series of activities that will include a 50-K relay race on the Schuylkill River Trail, a kayak trip on the Schuylkill River, three trail cleanups and a Spreekend Festival with live music at St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare. To learn more or register for the events visit www.slyfoxbeer.com

  • Thu Apr 21, 2016

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    College community to help revitalize Schuylkill River Trail on April 23 / Education and Outreach

    Members of the Penn State Berks campus community will join other community organizations on the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) as part of the City of Reading’s participation in the Great American Cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. In addition, Berks students in service learning courses will lead activities during the event. Laurie Grobman, director of Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research at Penn State Berks, has been leading a college-wide initiative to join community organizations in creating a community park along a one-mile segment of the trail to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Reading.

  • Wed Apr 20, 2016

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    Students explore options for careers at Martz Hall / Education and Outreach

    azmine DeAngelo, 15, a ninth-grade student at Shenandoah Valley, let her curiosity be her guide as she walked over to the Schuylkill Haven Wastewater Treatment table. She peered into a microscope and noticed small microorganisms. Walter Higgins, environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told the students about the organisms that were visible by looking through the microscope and visible on a computer screen. “I was just curious,” DeAngelo said as to why she stopped at the table at Martz Hall during the 8th annual Schuylkill County Career Fair organized by the Northeast PA Manufactures and Employers Council Inc. DeAngelo said she wants to scientist.

  • Wed Apr 20, 2016

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    Natural Lands Trust makes key land purchase / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Natural Lands Trust (NLT) announced a small but significant parcel of land that will be transferred to French Creek State Park. Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.21.08 PM The 2.3-acre tract will link two sections of French Creek State Park, providing a key trail connector. The acquisition, finalized late last month, of 2.3 acres of woodlands is a critical link needed to connect the soon-to-be-completed two-mile section of the Big Woods Trail running through French Creek State Park to the Thun Trail (pronounced “tune”) section of the Schuylkill River Trail, a NLT press release said.

  • Wed Apr 20, 2016

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    French Creek State Park acquires more land / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Natural Lands Trust announced Tuesday its has purchased a small parcel of land that will be transferred to French Creek State Park. Natural Lands Trust, based in Media, Delaware County, acquired the 2.3 acres of woodlands on March 25 and it will serve as a link to connect the soon-to-be-completed 2-mile section of the Big Woods Trail running through French Creek Park to the Thun Trail section of the Schuylkill River Trail, according to a press release. “This key purchase proves that even two acres of forest can make a bug difference,” said Molly Morrison, Natural Lands Trust’s president. “This land is an important link in the Schuylkill River Trail System which has the potential to connect communities from Philadelphia through Pottsville.”

  • Fri Apr 15, 2016

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    Sly Fox's 'Ale for the Trail' Recreation Celebration Along The Schuylkill / General

    Sly Fox Brewery is celebrating the release of their "Ale for the Trail" brew with a weekend of events on April 22 through April 24. The event schedule is as follows: Pottstown Riverfront and Manatawny Creek 5PM-7PM, April 22 Hosted by Schuylkill River Heritage Area Join us on Earth Day for a trail cleanup on the Pottstown section of the SRT. Register here.

  • Fri Apr 15, 2016

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    Planting Day Crowns Project to Improve School with Green Infrastructure, SMIP Grant / Storm Water

    Since 2012, Philadelphia Water has worked with members of the Lea Elementary School community and a number of partners to redesign their schoolyard and the surrounding area in a way that benefits the students, the neighborhood and our local waterways. This Saturday, the volunteers behind the effort will be putting the finishing touches on some of that work, and you’re invited to join them. Located at 47th and Spruce streets in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, Lea Elementary has been the focus of efforts by the West Philadelphia Coalition for Neighborhood Schools (WPCNS) to improve local public schools. Called “Greening Lea,” the ambitious project successfully transformed the school’s 41,000-square-foot asphalt lot into a vibrant green space and play area that also manages stormwater runoff with a number of green tools.

  • Fri Apr 15, 2016

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    Connecting a Trail at French Creek State Park / Watershed Land Collaborative

    On March 25th, 2016, Natural Lands Trust purchased a small but significant parcel of land that will be transferred to French Creek State Park. The 2.3 acres of woodlands are a critical link needed to connect the soon-to-be-completed two-mile section of the Big Woods Trail running through French Creek State Park to the Thun Trail (pronounced “tune”) section of the Schuylkill River Trail. “This key purchase proves that even two acres of forest can make a big difference,” said Molly Morrison, Natural Lands Trust’s president. “This land is an important link in the Schuylkill River Trail System which has the potential to connect communities from Philadelphia through Pottsville.” - See more at: https://natlands.org/preserves-to-visit/connecting-a-trail-at-french-creek-state-park/#sthash.8Wr4BIEE.dpuf

  • Fri Apr 8, 2016

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    New Schuylkill River Trail trailhead dedicated in Auburn / General

    Those using the Schuylkill River Trail-Bartram Section will notice some substantial changes to it. The area features a designated trailhead, which is where you can access the trail, seating, a water trail landing and even goes under the bridge in Auburn on Route 895 West. An approved area is also designated for crossing onto Fort Lebanon Road. Designated signs also tell the history of the area, points of interest and provide safety information. Local and state leaders and representatives from The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area were in Auburn on Thursday to cut the ribbon for the new trailhead, which runs about 0.8 miles from 895 to River Road.

  • Wed Apr 6, 2016

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    Ground breaks on Roxborough Pocket Park's first phase / General

    The Ridge Avenue pocket park got a little greener April 4 as Roxborough Development Corporation broke ground on the spring planting that serves as the project’s first phase. The planting of 14 trees and 33 shrubs along with mulch for four planting beds in the pocket park is being overseen by the project designers Groundswell Design Group and is funded in part by the Philadelphia Water Department and the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund, according to a release from the RDC.

  • Wed Apr 6, 2016

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    Schuylkill River Sojourn, In 18th Year, Wins National Award / General

    Explore the Schuylkill River by kayak or canoe in this nationally acclaimed guided tour that begins in Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in center city Philadelphia: Participants paddle 14-18 miles per day and can register for the entire trip or as little as one day. Sometimes it is wet and wild. At other times it is peaceful and inspiring.

  • Wed Apr 6, 2016

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    Bike or hike along Schuylkill River Trail for fundraiser in Riverfront Park / Education and Outreach

    Whether it’s on two wheels or two legs, families are invited to bike or hike April 30 at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. People that attend the fitness activity will have the option to either bike or hike along the Schuylkill River Trail starting from the park which is located at 140 College Drive. West-Mont Christian Academy is hosting their annual Bike and Hike fundraiser for the school’s missions trip which will send students to Detroit, Mich. this year for flood relief efforts. The first Bike and Hike was held last year at Green Lane Park, said Christie Werkheiser, director of advancement for the academy.

  • Fri Mar 25, 2016

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    Lights, expanded hours coming for Manayunk Bridge / General

    Lights are coming to the Manayunk Bridge, but it might be a while before they get there. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission approved a $600,000 federal grant for lighting on the iconic span Thursday. The plan is to install 20 lights on the 3,168-foot former rail bridge, which links trail systems in Lower Merion to popular recreational paths along the Schuylkill. With the funds available, a contract should be completed by the end of the year. Installation may take until 2018, though, said Clarena Tolson, the city's deputy managing director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20160324_Lights__expanded_hours_coming_for_Manayunk_Bridge.html#4jzgOMBwGbmD673i.99

  • Thu Mar 24, 2016

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    Storm erosion closes pedestrian bridge in Pottstown's Riverfront Park - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/storm-erosion-closes-pedestrian-bridge-in-pottstowns-riverfront-park#sthash.lXVhMERs.dpuf / Storm Water

    he pedestrian bridge over Manatawny Creek at Riverfront Park in Pottstown is temporarily closed due to bank erosion from recent storms. Access to the bridge was blocked on Wednesday, and the closure could last a few weeks to a month until the bridge can be reinforced, said Erica Batdorf, Pottstown's assistant borough manager. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/storm-erosion-closes-pedestrian-bridge-in-pottstowns-riverfront-park#sthash.lXVhMERs.dpuf

  • Mon Mar 21, 2016

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    Schuylkill River Heritage Area seeks to install pedestrian bridge / General

    Trail to carry trail users over a dangerous crossing at Route 724 in Monocacy. Proposed bridge options will be presented to township supervisors at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21 in the Union Township building, located at 1445 E. Main Street in Douglassville. Bob Folwell, Trails Manager for the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, will present three options for a proposed bridge with various lengths and materials. The options were prepared by Wilson Consulting Group engineers, who conducted a feasibility study for the site, in conjunction with a steering committee made up of township and Heritage Area officials and members of the public.

  • Tue Mar 15, 2016

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    Green $aves Green Stormwater Management Workshop March 30 In Chester County / Storm Water

    Join the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Green Valleys Watershed Association, and the PA Environmental Council for a Green $aves Green Stormwater Management Workshop in Phoenixville, Chester County, on managing stormwater (and saving money) by working with nature. Land planners, engineers, and municipal officials will share successful case studies that improved stormwater management in their communities while saving money with green stormwater infrastructure.

  • Tue Mar 15, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network Accepting Scholastic Drinking Water Award Nominations / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network is now accepting nominations for its annual Scholastic Drinking Water Awards to recognize students and schools in the Schuylkill Watershed who protect drinking water sources. Nominations are due March 31. Examples of projects include: drinking water protection projects and activities include: Clean water art projects; Community outreach; Watershed curriculum integration; No-mow zones; Smart application of pesticides, fertilizers, etc.; Stormwater practices (rain gardens, rain barrels, naturalized stormwater basins, bioswales, etc.); Tree plantings; and Water quality monitoring.

  • Tue Mar 15, 2016

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    90% of Berks County water drains into the Schuylkill River / Education and Outreach

    Tami Shimp from Berks Nature and Tom Davidock for the Delaware Estuary Partnership share the story of collaboration. The collaboration doesn’t work without your participation. The Schuylkill River Watershed is huge and includes all the land surrounding streams and rivers that flow into the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Mar 14, 2016

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    Exelon honored for renovations to Frick's Locks / Pathogens / Compliance

    Gazing out the window of the manor house in Frick's Locks village, Penny Morton had a clear view of the cooling towers at the Limerick Generating Station. In the 1950s, when Morton was growing up in the East Coventry Township village, the view was quite different. "I was playing in the woods out there with my friends," Morton recalled as she watched the plumes of steam billowing above Exelon's nuclear power plant, which provides electricity to 2 million customers. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/exelon-honored-for-renovations-to-fricks-locks#sthash.ZODCQxmJ.dpuf

  • Mon Mar 7, 2016

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    Native brook trout to boost environmental protection of Maiden Creek streams - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/native-brook-trout-to-boost-environmental-protection-of-maiden-creek-streams#sthash.tQcORDoR.dpuf / General

    Five streams in the upper reaches of the Maiden Creek watershed will be proposed for more stringent environmental protection, a result of last summer's discovery of native brook trout in them. The Reading Area Water Authority and the national and Tulpehocken chapters of Trout Unlimited assessed 29 streams in the watershed's upper reaches last summer and found native brook trout in five of them. They also found wild brown trout in one of the five streams. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/native-brook-trout-to-boost-environmental-protection-of-maiden-creek-streams#sthash.tQcORDoR.dpuf

  • Fri Mar 4, 2016

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    First Schuylkill Scrub of 2016 Cashes in on Collaboration / Education and Outreach

    Tires, TVs, lots and lots of plastic bottles and ... a check for $32,000? You never know what you’ll find when picking up trash along Philly’s rivers. Yes, you read that right: an actual check for over thirty grand was one of the many pieces of litter gathered by more than 100 volunteers assembled at Bartram’s Garden for a big cleanup on March 1, 2016. (Needless to say, the check, for a local school and already cashed, won the award for “weirdest find” of the day.) Sponsored by the Philadelphia-based and “ocean-friendly” clothing company United By Blue, the volunteer effort was the first of a number that will be held along area rivers this spring.

  • Wed Feb 24, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network Kicks Off Schuylkill Scrub Cleanup Events / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network leads the Schuylkill Scrub to connect people with litter cleanups, and to foster new ones. Events span the entire Schuylkill River Valley from March 1 to May 31.

  • Tue Feb 23, 2016

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    2 groups to kick off Schuylkill Scrub cleanup / Education and Outreach

    Two groups will be hosting cleanups along the Schuylkill River during the annual Schuylkill Scrub this spring.

  • Tue Feb 23, 2016

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    From Headwaters to Tide Water: Groups at Both Ends of River Kicking Off Schuylkill Scrub / Education and Outreach

    Two groups are taking the Schuylkill Scrub to a new level by collaborating with people for a cleaner environment. PennDOT’s Schuylkill County Maintenance District is engaging volunteers to keep the river’s headwaters pure. Over 100 miles away, Dave Brindley of Not in Philly is recruiting locals to pick up litter that might otherwise wash into the river’s estuary. Both are hosting cleanup events throughout the entire Schuylkill Scrub campaign.

  • Fri Feb 19, 2016

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    50k Relay On The SRT: From Phoenixville To Conshohocken, And Back / General

    A 50 kilometer relay race will be held from Phoenixville to Conshohocken, and back again. The inaugural running of the “epic” event along the Schuylkill River Trail will be held this spring. Runners can also register as individuals, or as parts of teams of 3 or 6. The race, which will be held on April 23, starts and ends at Saint Michael’s Park ?which adjoins Lock 60 in Mont Clare.

  • Fri Feb 19, 2016

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    $1M in Ag Easements Approved to Protect 5 More Berks County Farms / Agricultural

    Five more Berks County farms totaling 393 acres will be protected from future development following the approval of their applications today by Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program, state Sen. Judy Schwank said. “We closed out 2015 by preserving Berks County’s 700th farm and I’m pleased to report that we are continuing to lead this green effort in a strong way by adding five new farms to the preservation program,” Sen. Schwank, a member of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, said following the panel’s decision. “The largest farm preserved today is 119 acres; the smallest, 21 acres. But they are all living large because of their commitment to agriculture in Berks County.”

  • Thu Feb 18, 2016

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    Flooding has no easy fix in Port Carbon / Storm Water

    The desire to not see more 2006-style flooding had people out at the Port Carbon Borough Hall on Wednesday. The borough of about 2,100 people was inundated with water during the flood of 2006, which caused more than $500,000 in damages. Mike Welsh, a borough council member and fire chief, said about half of the town was underwater. He had 5 feet of water in his basement. About 75 people filled the room for a presentation by Alfred Benesch & Co., Pottsville, about the watershed plan for the borough. The borough was awarded a $120,258 Growing Greener II Grant from the state last January for the watershed plan. Residents got to ask questions after the presentation. The yet-to-be-finalized plan spells out where the borough is in the watershed and how to possibly address flooding issues. The plan will be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection this year.

  • Tue Feb 16, 2016

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    DEP officials offer insights into mine reclamation projects / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    For more than 20 years, Agnes Wood, 607 Brew St., Tamaqua, has had problems with mine water creeping into her basement. On Feb. 10, a pool of water with a reddish tinge at least a quarter-inch deep was polluting a section with a decorative bar that had once been a recreation room. “I have three sump pumps down there now,” Wood, 86, said Feb. 10. Later this month, a project supervised by state officials will attempt to divert the mine water from Wood’s property and 12 others in the area, Michael C. Korb, environmental program manager for the state Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Wilkes-Barre, said Feb. 9.

  • Fri Feb 12, 2016

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    Wissahickon Valley Watershed Assoc. leading regional clean water effort / Storm Water

    On the way into the Montgomery Mall, it’s easy to miss a fenced-off basin surrounded by grass and mud, south of a driveway entrance leading to and from North Wales Road. That basin may look like little more than a pond surrounded by trees, brush, and these days snow, but the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association believes it could hold the key to restoring water quality from there to Philadelphia.

  • Tue Feb 9, 2016

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    Art Exhibit celebrating the Schuylkill River Region comes to Valley Forge National Historical Park / General

    A new art exhibit at Valley Forge National Historical Park explores the varied beauty and character of the Schuylkill River region. Consisting of 16 pieces of art and photography by 15 different artists, the Scenes of the Schuylkill selections will be on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Tue Feb 9, 2016

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    Master Gardeners promote Woods In Your Backyard / Education and Outreach

    Ardella Marie Newswanger tries to plant at least one tree a year behind her home in Washington Township. “People don’t usually think about going out and planting a hickory tree, but you have no idea how important they are to our environment,” Newswanger said Tuesday while strolling through the backyard of her 1.7-acre property at 167 Dad Burnhams Road. While she’s had a lifelong appreciation of nature, Newswanger, a Penn State Extension Schuylkill Master Gardener, said she appreciates books and programs that encourage people to plant trees and hedge rows on their properties.

  • Tue Feb 2, 2016

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    Developing along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail / General

    Readers of USA Today recently voted the Schuylkill River Trail the best American urban trail. This designation broadly refers to the 10.5-mile (16.9 km) stretch of the trail that lies within Philadelphia city limits—and more specifically to the Center City section of the trail known as the Schuylkill Banks. That section includes a dramatic 2,000-foot (610 m) boardwalk, completed in October 2014, which runs above the river itself, since the space between the river and the adjoining CSX railroad tracks was too narrow to extend the trail on land.

  • Tue Feb 2, 2016

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    Schuylkill Heritage Center Launches 'History App' For Yellow Springs Trail Users / Education and Outreach

    Hiking the Schuylkill River Trail through Phoenixville and the surrounding area just became a little more interactive. The Schuylkill River Heritage Center has launched a History App for iPhone users which they hope will provide a cultural context to the natural spectacle of the trail.

  • Mon Feb 1, 2016

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    http://patch.com/pennsylvania/norristown/norristown-earth-day-project-seeks-beautify-borough-0 / General

    The Norristown Project is hosting an Earth Day cleanup at Riverfront Park and has released the following information on the event: Join the Norristown Project for our Spring Cleanup and beautification project. Since Earth Day falls on a Friday, we are pushing our Earth Day activity to Saturday, April 23rd. A rain date is scheduled for April 30th. This event is part of the Great American Cleanup and Keep PA Beautiful.

  • Mon Feb 1, 2016

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    Bill Uhrich: For a day, Berks County becomes raptor central - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/bill-uhrich-for-a-day-berks-county-becomes-raptor-central#sthash.9abLAM9S.dpuf / General

    During the dead of winter, I'll take any hint of spring. Monday just before dusk I left the office in the 300 block of Court Street and heard an odd, deep whistling overhead. I looked up to see the two peregrine falcons swooping around the Washington Towers and then rising up above the Chiarelli Plaza parking garage in a courtship flight display. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/bill-uhrich-for-a-day-berks-county-becomes-raptor-central#sthash.9abLAM9S.dpuf

  • Mon Feb 1, 2016

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    Twitter Reddit Pinterest 0 COMMENTS ... Home Entertainment Art Exhibit celebrating the Schuylkill River Region comes to Valley Forge National Historical Park / General

    A new art exhibit at Valley Forge National Historical Park explores the varied beauty and character of the Schuylkill River region. Consisting of 16 pieces of art and photography by 15 different artists, the Scenes of the Schuylkill selections will be on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Fri Jan 29, 2016

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    Berks, Tri-County parks receive grants / General

    Several parks in Berks County and the Tri-County area will see some upgrades thanks to a new round of state grants released Thursday. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced a total of $28 million in parks-related grants statewide. Here's what has been awarded locally.

  • Thu Jan 28, 2016

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    Schuylkill trail remains closed as oil cleanup continues / Pathogens / Compliance

    Cleanup efforts are continuing on the Schuylkill River following a diesel-fuel spill that has kept part of a popular running trail closed. An oily rainbow sheen glimmered in the water Wednesday between sheets of ice, with rust-colored patches on the unbroken ice visible from Chestnut to Walnut Streets on the east side of the river. On the trail, a faint smell of diesel blew through the air, more strongly when the wind picked up. By the end of the day Tuesday, 338 gallons of diesel fuel had been vacuumed up from the river, Lt. Eric Nielsen, a marine-environmental chief for the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160128_Schuylkill_trail_remains_closed_as_oil_cleanup_continues.html#XfppPPRXqdrjboyF.99

  • Thu Jan 28, 2016

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    Cleanup still underway after oil spill in Schuylkill on Monday / Pathogens / Compliance

    Cleanup efforts in University City are still underway following an oil spill in the Schuylkill River on Monday. While much of the oil has been removed from the river, land cleanup is projected to continue throughout the week. The spill occurred near the Chestnut Street Bridge at a facility owned by telecommunications firm CenturyLink, located at 2400 Market Street. Following a malfunction in an emergency generator, a gas tank in the facility leaked 4,200 gallons of heating oil, of which about 250 gallons spilled into the Schuylkill River and onto the river’s banks, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.

  • Wed Jan 27, 2016

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    DEP: Much of oil removed from Schuylkill River / Pathogens / Compliance

    Much of the heating oil that spilled into the Schuylkill River has been removed by using vacuum trucks, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday. But efforts to identify the path the oil took remain ongoing.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    Oil spill in Philly river prompts multi-agency clean-up / Pathogens / Compliance

    An oil spill Monday reported afternoon, which saw thousands of gallons of heating oil seep into the Schuylkill River, prompted a multi-agency response to clean up the mess. Approximately 200 gallons of home heating oil entered the waterway that feeds into the Delaware River.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    Schuylkill Street Art Contest / Education and Outreach

    Comcast Newsmakers interview with Shaun Bailey, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, about the Schuylkill Street Art Contest.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    Officials: Cleanup Underway After Oil Spills Into Schuylkill River / Pathogens / Compliance

    The U.S. Coast Guard tells CBS 3 it is working with numerous local and state agencies in response to an oil spill around Market Street and the Schuylkill River. According to the Coast Guard, the leak originated from an emergency generator operated by Century Link, located at 2400 Market Street. The flow is now secured, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard says 4,200 gallons spilled. Of that, 250 gallons went into the Schuylkill River and 3,950 gallons went onto land on the CSX facility near the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    More than 200 gallons of oil spills into the Schuylkill / Pathogens / Compliance

    The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) confirmed Monday afternoon that an oil spill occurred on the Schuylkill River. They are currently coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Philadelphia Fire Department on clean up efforts.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    Volunteer Connection: Be part of the Schuylkill Headwaters team / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Headwaters Association announces an exciting opportunity to join them in helping to improve our waterways. Schuylkill Headwaters Association was founded in 1997 with the mission “to promote the environmental integrity of the Schuylkill River, its tributaries and the watershed that lies within the boundaries of Schuylkill County.” SHA works to protect and enhance the headwaters by educating residents about the river and by implementing projects to reduce and control pollution. They’re now accepting applications for an AmeriCorps VISTA outreach and educational coordinator to serve as part of the Appalachian Coal Country Team. A bachelor’s degree is required. The position will start around April.

  • Tue Jan 26, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network Encourages Entries In Student Street Art Contest / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network is encourages students in grades 6 to 12 to enter its Street Art Contest to show how we can help make the environment cleaner. The deadline for entries is February 29.

  • Fri Jan 22, 2016

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    12 Projects That Will Make the Schuylkill River Look Very Different by 2026 / General

    The Schuylkill River Development Corporation just released their strategic plan for 2016-2020, and if there's one thing we can pull out of the 41-page document it's that the Schuylkill is going to look very different in 10 years. The plan laid out the 12 projects that are in the works along the river, from the $6.6 million Bartram's Mile in 2016 to the $4 billion 30th Street Station Master Plan in 2026. But sprinkled throughout those years are other projects worth keeping an eye on. Find out more about all of these projects below.

  • Fri Jan 22, 2016

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    7 Montgomery County Municipalities, Philadelphia Join To Restore Wissahickon Creek / Storm Water

    A growing number of Montgomery County municipalities in the Wissahickon Creek watershed have passed resolutions to join a new partnership to address unhealthy water quality and reduce damaging floods in the region. The City of Philadelphia, which gets 10 percent of its drinking water from the Wissahickon Creek, has agreed to participate in the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, joining Upper Gwynedd Township, Springfield Township, Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Whitpain Township and Lower Gwynedd Township.

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    LM commissioners will mull Cynwyd Trail spur options / General

    The Lower Merion Township Parks and Recreation Committee has voted unanimously to receive a feasibility study that outlines options to develop a tract of land linking the Cynwyd Heritage Trail with the Schuylkill River Trail – but not before questioning the costs and sources of funding that will be associated with the project. The study, which is being used to consider construction options and related cost estimates, as well as funding opportunities for the project, will now be sent to the full Board of Commissioners for review. The vote is expected to be formalized at the Board’s regular meeting Jan. 20.

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    Some begin new year with polar plunge / General

    Dozens of daring men and woman took the plunge in Pottstown this New Year's Day for the eighth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Riverfront Park. Swimmers braved the freezing cold Schuylkill River, running, diving, and tiptoeing into the water. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-southeasternpa/some-begin-new-year-with-polar-plunge/37227986 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    Artists: Help Us Highlight the Schuylkill River for Art in the Open 2016 / General

    This spring, the banks of the Schuylkill River will be buzzing with the creative work of artists selected for the sixth year of “Art in the Open,” or AiO, a three-day event that gives the public an intimate look at the processes behind art. Our iconic Fairmount Water Works facility will act as the starting point for the AiO installations, which will populate the riverbanks moving south toward Bartram’s Garden.

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    'Plungers' brave chilly Schuylkill River in Pottstown / General

    In swimsuits and tutus, wrestling singlets and hats of all shapes and sizes, dozens of screaming revelers bolted into the chilly waters of the Schuylkill River on Friday morning in Pottstown. Stunned by cold water, some turned back for the riverbank even before those behind them had made it in. Cheers erupted from onlookers who gathered in Riverfront Park, as “plungers” scrambled for the warmth of towels. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/plungers-brave-chilly-schuylkill-river-in-pottstown#sthash.sjKtU3co.dpuf

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    They kicked off the new year with polar plunge into the Schuylkill in Pottstown / General

    Pottstown has started 2016 with quite a splash. Cheers, claps and warrior cries echoed through Riverfront Park Friday morning as hundreds gathered by the river bank, bracing themselves to kick off the new year once again with the 8th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    Schuylkill Action Network Encourages Entries In Student Street Art Contest / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network is encourages students in grades 6 to 12 to enter its Street Art Contest to show how we can help make the environment cleaner. The deadline for entries is February 29. Students in Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Schuylkill counties can participate in the contest. The artwork will be transformed into street art surrounding storm drains.

  • Mon Jan 11, 2016

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    Take A Survey: Schuylkill Action Network Would Like Your Opinion / Planning

    Take A Survey: Schuylkill Action Network Would Like Your Opinion The Schuylkill Action Network wants to hear from the people who live near this incredible natural resource and depend on the waterway for drinking water. Schuylkill Action Network is collaborative network of over 100 organization, including federal, state, and local government partners, schools and more—all working to protect and restore the Schuylkill River watershed. Right now, they are developing a 5-year strategic plan to improve this amazing regional treasure. And they want your input to make that plan the best that it can be. SAN put together a short survey to learn what people think about the Schuylkill River and its tributaries and what the region can do to help to keep it clean. If you care about the watershed, or even if you just like to jog down the Schuylkill River Trail along Kelly Drive, please take a few minutes to provide some feedback by Visiting Here and answering some questions. The Schuylkill River is an incredibly important part of Pennsylvania’s water system, so the more voices that contribute to this vision for its future, the better. For more information on the programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Schuylkill Action Network website. Visit Here to learn how you can get involved and receive regular updates from SAN.

  • Tue Dec 29, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Arts Festival / General

    Schuylkill River Arts Festival

  • Mon Dec 28, 2015

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    Delaware Watershed historic property will become part of a preserve not 80 home sites / Watershed Land Collaborative

    The historic 553-acre Warwick Furnace Farm along the South Branch of French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal townships in Chester County will be preserved forever. French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust worked for one year with existing landowners, a private foundation, two townships, Chester County, national organizations, and conservation-minded residents to protect this historic and environmentally sensitive property from development.

  • Mon Dec 28, 2015

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    Preservation projects in Warwick, Wallace and East Nantmeal lauded / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Two significant land preservation successes are being celebrated in northern Chester County this winter. One is in Warwick and the other has one foot in Wallace and the other in East Nantmeal.

  • Mon Dec 28, 2015

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    More Than 500 Acres Of Historic Chester County Land Preserved / Watershed Land Collaborative

    The historic 553-acre Warwick Furnace Farm along the South Branch of French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal townships in Chester County will be preserved forever, the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust announced in a press release Monday.

  • Wed Dec 9, 2015

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    Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill wins award from transportation association / General

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area's free bike-share program, Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill, won a Star Award from Communities in Motion, a foundation associated with the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association. Star Awards are for exemplary leadership and inspiration in implementing healthy projects in southeastern Pennsylvania. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/bike-pottstownbike-schuylkill-wins-award-from-transportation-association#sthash.vYGona22.dpuf

  • Tue Dec 8, 2015

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    Urban, Suburban Philly Join to Blaze New Bike Trail / General

    Ever since trains stopped running over it in 1986, Philadelphia’s Manayunk Bridge, spanning the Schuylkill River, has been a glimmer in the eyes of rails-to-trails activists. They saw a potential recreational trail — and a major bicycle commuter route.

  • Tue Dec 8, 2015

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    Natural Lands Trust: 114-Acre Farm Preserved In Warwick Twp., Chester County / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Natural Lands Trust Friday announced the conservation of the Yoder Farm, a 114-acre property in Warwick Township, Chester County. The scenic farm forms the gateway vista into Warwick Township. The property lies in the upper reaches of French Creek near the western boundary of the Hopewell Big Woods, the largest unbroken forest remaining in southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to its productive crop fields boasting soils classifying it as "prime farmland" and "farmland of statewide importance,” the property also contains important habitat for an endangered species. “The intricacies of this project were remarkable. Kudos to the partners and funders who worked with us to navigate the twists and turns along the way so we could arrive at this successful outcome!” said Molly Morrison, President, Natural Lands Trust. The property was slated for a housing development with 26 residences, a nine-hole executive golf course and country club, and a 30,000-square-foot commercial space. The economic downturn led the owners to abandon development plans, and Warwick Township reached out to Natural Lands Trust hoping to find a conservation solution.

  • Tue Dec 8, 2015

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    114-acre Farm Preserved in Warwick Township, Chester County / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Natural Lands Trust announced recently the conservation of the Yoder Farm, a 114-acre property in Warwick Township, Chester County. The scenic farm forms the gateway vista into Warwick Township. The property lies in the upper reaches of French Creek near the western boundary of the Hopewell Big Woods, the largest unbroken forest remaining in southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to its productive crop fields boasting soils classifying it as “prime farmland” and “farmland of statewide importance,” the property also contains important habitat for an endangered species. - See more at: https://natlands.org/who-we-are/news/114-acre-farm-preserved-in-warwick-township-chester-county/#sthash.wzNWvcsl.dpuf

  • Mon Nov 30, 2015

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    Volunteers clean up Thun Trail between Birdsboro and Monocacy / General

    While pedaling to Pottstown on the section of the Thun trail between Birdsboro and Monocacy, a couple stopped on their bicycles Friday morning to chat with some folks who were trimming brush along the former railway. Before resuming their trek, Terry and Audrey Seidel of Brecknock Township thanked the volunteers for helping to maintain the trail. It was a fairly typical interchange between the Schuylkill River TrailKeepers and the biking public, according to organizers. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/volunteers-clean-up-thun-trail-between-birdsboro-and-monocacy#sthash.3eLnSGUS.dpuf

  • Tue Nov 24, 2015

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    Bartram's Mile Link to Schuylkill Banks Breaks Ground / General

    Bartram's Mile, the $7.6 million project that will link a portion of the west bank of the Schuylkill River to the eastern portion of the river trail broke ground this morning. The one-mile stretch will run along Grays Ferry Ave. and 58th St. and will connect to the Grays Ferry Crescent via the planned Schuylkill Crossing swing bridge. At the groundbreaking at 49th St. and Botanic Ave., Mayor Michael Nutter, who hails from West Philly, commented on the importance of the trail connection, which will be completed in the summer of 2016: "Bartram's Mile is critically important to not only this part of Philadelphia," Nutter said. "It will showcase and highlight a part of the city that, quite honestly, many life-long Philadelphians have not had the opportunity to see or experience."

  • Tue Nov 24, 2015

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    City Breaks Ground On New Bartram’s Mile Trail / General

    The next stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail is about to take place downriver from the new boardwalk pathway that connects to the South Street Bridge. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the $7.6 million “Bartram’s Mile.”

  • Fri Nov 20, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail Gets Special New Mile-Long Addition / General

    Foot by foot, mile by mile, the Schuylkill River Trail is expanding green space and public trails across the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region. A groundbreaking for a new section of the trail, Bartram’s Mile, will allow Roxborough and Manayunk trail users to explore even farther without ever leaving the comforts and sanctity of the trail. The groundbreaking is set for November 23, according to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.

  • Tue Nov 17, 2015

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    Art works come to the Schuylkill River Trail / General

    Art came to the Schuylkill River Trail Monday in the form of seven paintings on vinyl banners. A small group of art lovers, planners and Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro and Vice Chairman Val Arkoosh gathered next to the two art banners Monday afternoon along the Schuylkill River Trail just above the Ford Street intersection. Fastened to the new eight-foot chain link fence were the two three-foot by eight-foot banners with seven selected artworks. The trail section is part of the Lafayette Street corridor extension project.

  • Mon Nov 16, 2015

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    New Art Project To Come To Schuylkill River Trail / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River Trail will receive its first display of artistic banners as part of Creative Montco’s Art on Our Trails initiative on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:00pm. Creative Montco, a coalition of local arts organizations, artists, creative businesses, the county tourism board, and county staff, actively promotes art and creativity as one of the county’s most important assets.

  • Fri Nov 13, 2015

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    The SOURCE Newsletter / General

    Source Water Protection isn't only happening in the Schuylkill Watershed, it's happening all over Pennsylvania! Read what other groups are doing to protect their drinking water.

  • Thu Nov 12, 2015

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    Manayunk Bridge Reopens As A Trail And A Symbol Of A Changing Economy / General

    Iconic. Ever since it opened in 1918, the Manayunk Bridge has been iconic, a symbol for its namesake section of Philadelphia. "It's one of those things that's always been the symbol of Manayunk," says Kay Sykora, project director of the Destination Schuylkill River project at the Manayunk Development Corporation. The bridge graces the development corporation's logo, and the logo of the nearby Manayunk Brewery.

  • Wed Nov 11, 2015

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    New Montco trail connects parks / General

    A new 2.2-mile multiuse trail has opened in Upper Merion Township, connecting Heuser Park to Valley Forge National Historical Park. The trail extension officially opened last week as part of the 15.5-mile Schuylkill River West Trail, connecting Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties through Lower Merion, West Conshohocken, Bridgeport, and Upper Merion. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151111_New_Montco_trail_connects_parks.html#VAFUooOyZREkV8QL.99

  • Mon Nov 9, 2015

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    Schuylkill River West Trail extension dedicated in Upper Merion / General

    They took off down the paved trail the moment after the red ribbon was cut. Bicyclists and walkers went down the 2.2-mile extension of the Schuylkill River West Trail in Heuser Park Thursday afternoon after the formal speeches were finished. The trail extension, from the 40-acre Heuser Park in Upper Merion into Valley Forge National Historical Park, will help trail users travel 15.5 miles from downtown Philadelphia to the national treasure. David Broida, the former Upper Merion parks and recreation director, rode his bicycle to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • Mon Nov 9, 2015

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    Art Show Celebrating the Schuylkill River Region Opens November 9 / General

    The 12th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show opened to the public on Nov. 9 and features 92 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region through art. Hosted by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, the juried exhibit will hang through Dec. 11 at the college’s West Campus Gallery at 16 West High St. in Pottstown. This year’s show includes a record number of drawings, paintings and photographs. All works were carefully selected from 163 submissions by juror Charles Stainback, Director of Art at the Berman Museum, Ursinus College.

  • Thu Nov 5, 2015

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    HOME NEWS Bulletin Board: Hunting for History topic of presentation at Kempton Fire Company / Education and Outreach

    "Hunting for History along the Schuylkill River" is the topic of Kurt D. Zwikl, former executive director of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. Zwikl will give a free presentation Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Kempton Fire Company social quarters, 2461 Route 143. Zwikl, an Allentown native and an author of several books on local history, recently retired from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/hunting-for-history-topic-of-presentation-at-kempton-fire-company#sthash.9RAu0Foq.dpuf

  • Thu Nov 5, 2015

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    Water Matters / Education and Outreach

    Dean Miller talked with Alexa Kramer and Vanessa Colon about the Schuylkill Acts & Impacts program.

  • Mon Nov 2, 2015

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    Hunting for History along the Schuylkill River / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River, the Delaware’s largest tributary, rises in what are called the richest anthracite coal fields in the world. This fact alone likely has had more influence on the use, health, and history of this remarkable 135-mile river than any other factor. Kurt D. Zwikl knows the Schuylkill River. He has paddled its length, walked its towpaths, studied and taught its history, promoted its protection in the halls of the U.S. Congress, and has written about it lovingly. The Kempton Lions Club, along with co-sponsors Albany Township Historical Society and Maiden Creek Watershed Association, are presenting a special opportunity for the community to see and hear what Mr. Zwikl has found that makes the Schuylkill River’s history – our history – unique.

  • Thu Oct 29, 2015

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    http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/10/27/schuylkill-river-trail-water-fountains/ / General

    At long last, a handful of much-needed water fountains are being installed along one of the busiest stretches of the Schuylkill River Trail, the portion between Boathouse Row and East Falls. Hallelujah Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/10/27/schuylkill-river-trail-water-fountains/#5URxGkhL3foBTRPr.99

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    Manayunk Bridge set to open to walkers and bike riders with ceremony Oct. 30 / General

    Opportunities to watch a dream come true don’t come around very often. One of them will occur next Friday, Oct. 30, when Lower Merion, Montgomery County and Philadelphia officials – and a crowd of area trail walkers and bicycle riders gather over the Schuylkill River to cut a ribbon and reopen the century-old Manayunk Bridge.

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    Plan for Montgomery County trails, parks and open space unveiled / General

    The path forward for open space, parks and trails in Montgomery County was laid out recently in a report for the county commissioners. The Montgomery County Open Space Board and the Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites Advisory Board presented a comprehensive plan two years in the making that outlined how the county could improve its green and active areas. “We discussed how much people enjoy the outdoor network and outdoor recreation in the county. The yearly economic value of outdoor recreation in the county is over $117 million,” said Jody Holton, executive director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. “There are almost a million yearly visits to the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Valley trails and about $269 million is estimated to be avoided healthcare costs due to people using the outdoor network of trails and open spaces.”

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    St. Luke's introduces PriceChecker / Pathogens / Compliance

    The borough council on Tuesday awarded a contract for heating oil to the lowest of two bidders. Fegley Oil of Tamaqua proposed prices of $1.85 per gallon and a fixed mark-up price at the refinery of 12 cents per gallon. They were lower than the bid submitted by Superior Plus Energy Services of Exton, the borough’s current provider, according to Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt. After a short discussion, council voted unanimously to award the contract to Fegley. Steigerwalt said heating oil prices have increased the past two years. Water agreement

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    Water fountains coming to Schuylkill River Trail / Education and Outreach

    Runners, cyclists, or just people enjoying a stroll or taking their dog for a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail have just one water faucet available to them north of Boathouse Row, and that one is way up there, near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. That's about to change. The Philadelphia Water Department announced Friday that next spring, it will install four water stations on that popular stretch on the east side of the river, from Boathouse Row to East Falls. And these will not be your typical water fountains: They will be high-tech affairs, even if they will only dispense tap. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151024_More_water_fountains_coming_to_Schuylkill_Trail.html#PoAzT8jjMR5phhQD.99

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    Philadelphia Water takes on bottle litter with fountain kiosks / Education and Outreach

    As part of this weekend's annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, Philadelphia Water unveiled a new network of water-filling stations aimed at reducing the city's carbon footprint and cutting down the amount of bottle litter strewn across its nationally acclaimed trails. On Friday, Mayor Michael Nutter joined the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (HOSR) to announce the fountain kiosks that will span Kelly Drive from East Falls to Boathouse row. The stations will include both traditional fountains for convenient refills and ground-level water bowls for dog walkers, according to a release from the Water Department.

  • Mon Oct 26, 2015

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    Photographers Again Fall In Love With Fall / Education and Outreach

    Photographers Again Fall In Love With Fall

  • Tue Oct 20, 2015

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    Oysters equal jobs? Why these local companies are partnering together / General

    While choosing which oyster to try from the raw bar’s menu, the leftover shells are unlikely to bring up thoughts of job creation, but that's exactly what a group of local companies wants to come to mind. Philadelphia-based creative agency WeHolden is partnering with Wilmington, Del.-based Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and a handful of local restaurateurs, including Iron Chef Jose Garces' The Olde Bar, to launch an oyster-recycling program.

  • Tue Oct 20, 2015

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    Ride along the Schuylkill River Trail at this week’s Mercury Mile / General

    The community is invited to bicycle along an award-winning trail as part of The Mercury Mile noon Wednesday. This year the Schuylkill River Trail won a Reader’s Choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide. Experience some outdoor fun this week on the nationally recognized trail. People will ride bicycles along the path starting from Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting the community ride and asking the public to join the 2.5 mile journey.

  • Tue Oct 20, 2015

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    Trash boats on the Schuylkill and the Delaware pull 44 tons of garbage a year from our rivers / Education and Outreach

    A strange thing about the two rivers bordering Philadelphia: Nobody is completely responsible for cleaning them. The Schuylkill and the Delaware could turn to into sludge and for many years they nearly did. In the first half of the 20th century, even fish couldn’t swim through a 20-mile stretch of the Delaware River encompassing the Philadelphia area. It was an oxygen dead zone. People weren’t even supposed to breathe the air around it. Ships could only pass through at their own risk. “It was so polluted it would make ships hulls rust just as fast as they could paint them,” said Shaun Bailey, the marketing and communications coordinator for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

  • Wed Oct 14, 2015

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    Norristown Businesses Should Capitalize On Schuylkill River Trail: Group / Education and Outreach

    One local organization thinks that the Schuylkill River Trail has the potential to be an economic engine. Barton Partners, based in Norristown, is holding a conference to help local businesses capitalize on the potential of the trail. According to the conference announcement, over 200,000 people use the trail, including 1,000 cyclists per day, and about 2,000 per day on the weekends. In addition, hundreds of walkers and runners use the trail every day.

  • Wed Oct 14, 2015

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    How can small cities and towns reconnect with their rivers? / Education and Outreach

    As the industries along urban waterfronts have faded, big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have come up with robust master plans — and significant funding — to connect people with their rivers. But what can smaller municipalities with fewer resources do to revitalize their waterfronts? One approach is to band together with other cities and towns along the river, says Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. PEC operates a "River Town Program" to help small municipalities reconnect with their rivers through recreation. The group advises these municipalities on project ideas, funding and marketing.

  • Thu Oct 8, 2015

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    Market Street Bridge Receives Major Enhancement / General

    A partnership among University City District (UCD), Center City District (CCD), the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), and the design group Groundswell has delivered a major enhancement to the Market Street Bridge, one of the key gateways between University City and Center City. “We’ve entered into a golden era of civic infrastructure investments in Philadelphia’s urban core,” said University City District Executive Director Matt Bergheiser. “Improvements to the bridge - along with the ongoing development of the adjacent Porch at 30th Street Station and the wonderful partnership among UCD, CCD and SRDC - are all signals that Philadelphia is knitting together the pedestrian fabric of University City and Center City.”

  • Thu Oct 8, 2015

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    Hit the trails for the Third Annual Stormwater Runoff in Lower Merion Oct. 17 / Storm Water

    Besides perhaps the best pun ever for the name of a 5K race, the Stormwater Runoff, returning for a third year Saturday, Oct. 17, offers another special attraction. It's hard to imagine one with a more scenic course. A joint project of the Lower Merion Conservancy and the Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Committee, the race starts off from Flat Rock Park on River Road in Gladwyne at 9 a.m. and follows a route along Mill Creek Road to historic Barker Mill, the last remaining mill of what was once a thriving mill community.

  • Wed Oct 7, 2015

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    Sly Fox Brewing Company Donates Over $4,000 to the Schuylkill River Trail / Education and Outreach

    Sly Fox Brewing Company presented a check for $4,018 to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Wed Oct 7, 2015

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    Historians to recall Schuylkill Canal days / Education and Outreach

    As Glenn Wenrich, Reading, walked along the bank of the Schuylkill River in Landingville on Wednesday morning, his soles tracked across a field of damp grass then hit upon a collection of stones which mark an important time in the area’s history. They resembled the ruins of a medieval castle buried in the earth. But they were parts of a canal boat elevator called a lock, a tool which helped give rise to a very different type of empire during the American Revolution.

  • Wed Oct 7, 2015

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    Imagine a day without water / Water Suppliers

    If you read something about Philadelphia's infrastructure falling apart, you probably picture potholes in the road and rusted-out bridges that need to be replaced. But that is just the infrastructure you can easily see every day. There is a whole universe of it under our feet that, in many places, is much older than the roads we drive on. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20151007_Imagine_a_day_without_water.html#kX4vxmBmSMMpSZ20.99

  • Mon Sep 28, 2015

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    Schuylkill water quality grants fund projects in Montco, Chesco, Berks / General

    The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grants were awarded to six projects that will focus on stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage and agricultural pollution. Also awarded were three land transaction grants that will assist with protection of a priority watershed parcel.

  • Mon Sep 21, 2015

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    4 water quality projects in Berks get support / General

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area provided grants for $274,623 to nine projects - four of them in Berks County - that are designed to improve water quality in the Schuylkill River watershed. "The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund has become a model for the ways in which the nonprofit, government, and private sectors can work together to improve water quality," said Silas A. Chamberlin, executive director of the Heritage Area. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/4-water-quality-projects-in-berks-get-support#sthash.AoUr7M8s.dpuf

  • Mon Sep 21, 2015

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    Pottstown Borough Authority hires firm for stormwater ‘master plan’ / Storm Water

    The Pottstown Borough Authority has begun to lay the groundwork for what happens underground. And unlike its usual concerns with pipes that carry drinking water and sewage, the authority’s recent unanimous vote has to do with what happens to the rain.

  • Mon Sep 21, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Heritage Area Awards Grants to Improve Water Quaility / General

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area distributed grants totaling $337,465 on Sept. 17 to seven projects aimed at improving water quality in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grants were awarded to six projects that will focus on stormwater runoff and agricultural pollution. Also awarded was one land transaction grant that will assist with protection of a priority watershed parcel.

  • Wed Sep 16, 2015

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    Papal Visit Impacting Boathouse Row, Rowing On Schuylkill River / General

    The pope’s visit to Philadelphia is affecting how people can travel on the land and in the air. But it’s also dampening travel on the water. Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River is in an interesting position. Part of the river that a lot of crew teams use is in the papal security zone and part is not.

  • Wed Sep 16, 2015

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    Lehigh County Farmer Recognized For Commitment To Water Quality In Delaware / Agricultural

    Joel Loch, a four-generation dairy farmer in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, Tuesday was recognized for receiving a 2015 Clean Water Farm award from the PA Association of Conservation Districts in July. (Photo: Joel and Brenda Loch.) Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission Executive Director Karl Brown and Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner presented him with the award. They then toured the operation, viewing the best management practices firsthand.

  • Wed Sep 16, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail draws a crowd of celebrants / General

    They came to jog, to walk, to bike and sightsee. They came to push their babies, build their muscles and interact with others. And, they came by the hundreds, passing by in heat that threatened to sear the green grass around them. The turnout along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia did not go unnoticed by Department of Environmental Resources Secretary John Quigley:

  • Mon Sep 14, 2015

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    Third annual Riverfest slated for Sept. 19 in Norristown / General

    All that time spent reading “Treasure Island” in third grade is about to pay off. So don your eye patch, put on your best “arrrr, matey” pirate accent and head for all kinds of seafaring fun at Riverfront Park, 1 Haws Ave., Norristown on Sept. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Forget about digging up your buried gold to buy a ticket, however, because admission to the Dragon Boat Club of Norristown’s highly anticipated Riverfest is free.

  • Thu Sep 3, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail Wins USA Today's 'Best Urban Trail' Award / General

    USA Today has named the Schuylkill River Trail the nation's best urban trail and local lawmakers and environmental officials celebrated the award Wednesday morning on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. The event was held at 10:30 a.m. and lasted about an hour. Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Schuylkill-River-Trail-Wins-USA-Todays-Best-Urban-Trail-Award-323851961.html#ixzz3kgz9Cwz6 Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook

  • Thu Sep 3, 2015

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    Officials celebrate Schuylkill being named ‘Best Urban Trail’ / General

    More than 100 people gathered along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Banks section of the Schuylkill River Trail on Wednesday to celebrate the trail’s being named USA Today’s Best Urban Trail in America. Among the speakers were some of the state’s top officials including Cindy Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; John Quigley, secretary of Department of Environmental Protection and Leslie Richards, secretary of the Department of Transportation, who was formerly a Montgomery County commissioner.

  • Mon Aug 31, 2015

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    Natural Lands Trust Transfers 54 Acres For French Creek State Park / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Natural Lands Trust Transfers 54 Acres For French Creek State Park Natural Lands Trust has purchased and transferred a 54-acre parcel of land to French Creek State Park in Chester and Berks counties, improving the public’s access to the popular park. Purchased on June 30, 2015, the Franklin L. Smith property will allow the park to reroute a portion of the 140-mile Horseshoe Trail from its current location, which leads visitors through land owned by the South Birdsboro Gun Club. The State Park also has plans to install a parking lot on the new parcel to improve park and trail access.

  • Fri Aug 21, 2015

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    See aerialists dangle from Strawberry Mansion Bridge / General

    The Schuylkill River Arts Festival gets back on the water for a day of boating, dance and art Saturday, August 29. The Knight Foundation and aerial dance phenomenon Invisible River teamed up to bring the day of family-friendly activities, which PhillyVoice has also sponsored, to the Schuylkill River and East Fairmount Park. It all kicks off with a drum line processional led by Positive Movement and Ecstatic Drill Team. The procession will leave from Mander Recreation Center (2140 N. 33rd Street at Diamond Drive) at 2 p.m. At the same time, the festival's "home base" will open up at the parking lot next to St. Joseph’s University Boathouse (2200 Kelly Drive).

  • Thu Aug 20, 2015

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    Green Valleys Watershed Association hosts 2015 Run for Green Valleys / General

    On Saturday, Sept. 12, Green Valleys Watershed Association will host the 2015 Run for Green Valleys, featuring two trail races that begin and end at the historic Welkinweir arboretum and nature sanctuary in East Nantmeal Township. The scenic routes will lead runners through the rolling hills of northern Chester County and some of the picturesque watersheds the organization strives to preserve. A 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk around the nature sanctuary, featuring stream crossings and natural trail surfaces, will be held at 8:45 a.m. prior to the trail race start at 9 a.m. The 3.5-Mile Trail Race will challenge runners of all abilities on a loop along the rugged and scenic Horse-Shoe Trail. The event raises funds to support the nonprofit organization’s water quality monitoring and protection, as well as environmental education and outreach programs.

  • Thu Aug 20, 2015

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    When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters / Storm Water

    A few years ago, when Philadelphia was on the homestretch of rewriting its zoning code, there was a brief kerfuffle over one of the rules that was under debate. The rule was related to stream buffers, or riparian buffers, which require a certain amount of space to be set aside between new development and the banks of the city's rivers and streams. Specifically, how big should they be? Environmental advocates favored a bigger buffer, and developers, of course, favored a smaller one. The city eventually settled on 50 feet. (Then briefly disagreed, then agreed again.)

  • Mon Aug 17, 2015

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    Inaugural Hidden River Blues Festival comes to Manayunk / General

    The inaugural Hidden River Blues Festival, a celebration of live blues music along the Schuylkill River in the Manayunk section of the city, runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The day features numerous performers, including headliners the Otis Taylor Band, which takes the stage on Venice Island at 6:30 p.m. Other performers include the Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson Band with “Chicago” Carl Snyder at 11 a.m., Steve Guyger and Excellos at 12:30 p.m. the Deb Callahan Band at 2, the James Supra Blues Band at 3:30, and the Sugar Blue Band at 5.

  • Fri Aug 7, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail voted ‘best urban trail’ in national contest / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail has won a Reader’s Choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide at USAToday.com, according to a press release.

  • Thu Jul 30, 2015

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    Connector Constructed, Schuylkill River Trail To Phoenixville Deemed 'Complete' / General

    Officials are saying the Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia to Phoenixville is “finally complete” after a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday celebrating the finish of the Schuylkill Canal Towpath Restoration Project. The reconstruction of the 1.75 mile historic canal towpath in Mont Clare and Port Providence connects Lock 60 and the Lock Tenders House with Montgomery County’s Upper Schuylkill River Park, according to project organizers.

  • Wed Jul 29, 2015

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    'Toughest' stretch of Schuylkill Trail opens / General

    As cyclists whizzed past and kayakers drifted below the bridge on a hot summer afternoon, the final link in the Schuylkill River Trail connecting Philadelphia to Phoenixville officially opened. The Schuylkill Canal Towpath, a 13/4-mile stretch running along the border of Upper Providence Township, is ready for runners, bikers and walkers after 35 years of work to restore the canal. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150729__Toughest__stretch_of_Schuylkill_Trail_opens.html#3C9lAplxggX6FW4E.99

  • Wed Jul 29, 2015

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    Montgomery County unveils $1.8M trail connection to Philadelphia / General

    Beneath a shady canopy of trees lining the Schuylkill River Canal, the Montgomery County commissioners gathered with state officials Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Schuylkill Canal Towpath. The 1.75-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail adds the final piece to connect Philadelphia to Phoenixville. All three Montgomery County commissioners, Josh Shapiro, Val Arkoosh and Bruce Castor Jr. were in attendance for the ceremony along with state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150th Dist., and other state and local officials.

  • Wed Jul 29, 2015

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    New Path On Schuylkill River Trail Opens, Connecting Philadelphia To Phoenixville / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail now officially extends all the way to Phoenixville as the Canal Towpath opens in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County. The 1.8-mile stretch of trail runs along the canal in a section of Upper Providence known as Port Providence.

  • Mon Jul 27, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail wins ‘best urban trail’ in online contest / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail has won a reader’s choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide at USAToday.com, according to a press release. A group of travel and outdoor recreation experts nominated the 20 trail systems located near major U.S. cities for “best urban trail.”

  • Mon Jul 27, 2015

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    Hidden River Blues Festival set to come to Manayunk / General

    Everyone is invited to get “the blues” on Venice Island next month. The Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), in partnership with WXPN 88.5 FM, announced the inaugural Hidden River Blues Festival Aug. 15. The event, which will be held on Venice Island from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., is billed as a celebration of live blues music along the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Jul 27, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail wins ‘best urban trail’ in online contest / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail has won a Reader’s Choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide at USAToday.com, according to a press release. A group of travel and outdoor recreation experts nominated the 20 trail systems located near major U.S. cities for “best urban trail.”

  • Mon Jul 27, 2015

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    They Pedaled, Paddled, And Explored Schuylkill / General

    ENJOYING A LEISURELY TRIP ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY – Saturday’s (July 25, 2015) Pedal And Paddle excursion, sponsored by the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, was again a sell-out event, the Pottstown-based organization reported. An at-capacity crowd began their trek at 9 a.m. with a 4-1/2-mile bike ride from Pottstown’s Riverfront Park to historic Morlatton Village in Douglassville (above), using yellow cruisers from the Bike Pottstown bike share program. Then they received a guided tour of the village’s four 18th century buildings, including the oldest home in Berks County. Off on bikes they went again, to Douglassville’s Ganshahawny Park. There they ate a picnic lunch and were briefly introduced to kayaking by outfitter Doug Chapman of the Take It Outdoors Adventure Group. They ended the day at 2 p.m., paddling kayaks back to Pottstown via the Schuylkill River. Similar trips on Aug. 29 and Sept. 12 are sold out too, as well as a Lock 60 Hike And Paddle on Aug. 8 in Mont Clare PA. For information on future trips, call the heritage area offices at 484-945-0200.

  • Mon Jul 20, 2015

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    31-Pound 'River Monster' Hauled From Schuylkill River / General

    A 31-pound flathead catfish was caught in the Schuylkill River between Valley Forge and Phoenixville late Thursday night.

  • Mon Jul 20, 2015

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    Photos: Volunteers clean up the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown / General

    Volunteers picked up trash, pulled weeds and erased graffiti along the Schuylkill River trail Saturday in a cleanup organized by the Norristown Project.

  • Mon Jul 20, 2015

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    Phoenixville Borough Council discusses unapproved access to Schuylkill River Trail / General

    One local community group installed an unapproved pathway to the Schuylkill River Trail, leaving borough officials in a jam to resolve the situation. The Northridge Village Homeowners Association, HOA, of which borough council member Jon Ichter II serves as president, OK’d an unapproved path along Mowere Road shoulder area to the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Fri Jul 17, 2015

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    Philly's old water infrastructure gets help from new developments / General

    The Philadelphia Water Department enacted new regulations this month to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. Directed at developers, the rules aim to cut down on flooding; encourage the use of green infrastructure; and bolster the health of the Schuylkill, Delaware, Wissahickon and all water systems flowing in the city.

  • Fri Jul 17, 2015

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    Norristown ‘greenway’ study focuses on improving Stony Creek and Saw Mill Run / General

    In an effort to create vibrant greenways that connect Norristown’s neighborhoods, the Montgomery County Planning Commission hosted an open house Thursday to discuss potential improvement projects for the Stony Creek and Saw Mill Run. Collaborating with Norristown Borough and East and West Norriton townships, the planning commission invited the public to give their input into a study funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The open house was just one conversation in an open-ended dialogue intended to pool ideas and stories about the creeks, said Beth Pilling, senior planner with Montgomery County Planning Commission.

  • Fri Jul 17, 2015

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    New Philly App Turns Saving Water Into Addictive Game / Storm Water

    Paint on a green roof here. Add a rain garden there. Water-saving techniques have been around for years, but it can be tough to show how such building modifications can pay off for owners. That’s why, last month, the Philadelphia Water Department released Credits Explorer, an app that invites users to add — virtually — green stormwater infrastructure to their properties. In addition to green roofs and rain gardens, users can experiment with permeable pavement, underground basins, and other tools made of plants, soil, and stone that absorb stormwater instead of letting it run off into the quickly overworked sewer system. Credits Explorer then calculates how much property owners will save on their monthly Stormwater Management Service charge, a utility fee applied to all non-residential properties in Philadelphia to recover the cost of stormwater management.

  • Fri Jul 17, 2015

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    Phoenixville Expresses Concern Over Chemicals In West Nile Spraying / General

    Phoenixville is getting sprayed Thursday night for West Nile Virus, and a lot of residents aren’t happy about it. Starting at about 8:45 p.m. and continuing until midnight, residents can expect to see trucks mounted with spray equipment dispensing Permanone RTU, a permethrin insecticide product.

  • Wed Jul 15, 2015

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    Uncover The Mysteries Of The Schuylkill Sunday In Norristown / General

    It’s easy to overlook rivers. The Schuylkill in Norristown is largely hidden behind swaths of trees, its fetid currents slipping along the banks of Montgomery and Chester counties, a quiet unseen gigantic presence. Like the steady hypnotic thrum of cicadas and eastern insects in the night, the presence of the Schuylkill is so constant, pervading, and intrinsically familiar that it becomes invisible.

  • Tue Jul 14, 2015

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    Little Schuylkill River tributaries may receive wild trout designation / General

    Five tributaries of the Little Schuylkill River could receive the designation of wild trout streams from the state Fish and Boat Commission because researchers found that trout reproduce naturally in them. Including the five streams in the Little Schuylkill River Basin, the commission will propose naming a total of 54 new wild trout streams during today’s meeting.

  • Mon Jul 13, 2015

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    Little Schuylkill River tributaries may becomeofficial wild trout streams / General

    Five tributaries of the Little Schuylkill River could receive the designation of wild trout streams from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission because researchers found that trout reproduce naturally in them. Including the five streams in the Little Schuylkill River Basin, the commission will propose naming a total of 54 new wild trout streams during a meeting Tuesday. The designation is significant, the commission said, because wetlands in the floodplain or in reach of a wild trout stream are considered of exceptional value and receive the highest protection through state regulations.

  • Tue Jul 7, 2015

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    Berks group using art to educate about storm drain pollution / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network and the Berks Conservancy are using street art to educate residents about pollution that enters local waterways from storm drains. On Thursday, the Schuylkill Action Network and Berks Conservancy will install a storm drain art exhibit in City Park at 11th and Washington streets in downtown Reading. The design will also be visible to those visiting the Berks Conservancy headquarters. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/berks-schuylkill-groups-using-art-to-educate-about-storm-drain-pollution/33914590 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News

  • Wed Jul 1, 2015

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    BeautIfying Norristown: Schuylkill River Trail Cleanup / General

    A cleanup of the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown will take place near the Haws Avenue entrance on July 18 at 2 p.m. The event, which is organized by The Norristown Project, will conclude at 5 p.m. near the US-202 bridge. “The goal of this project is to promote development on Norristown’s portion of the Schuylkill River Trail and add beauty to the community,” event organizers said.

  • Tue Jun 30, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’ / General

    In a Reader’s Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers. Local runners and bicyclists can vote for their favorite urban trail once per day until polls close on Monday, July 20, at noon ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 24. The contest is online at USAToday.com.

  • Fri Jun 26, 2015

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    Your Complete Guide To Saturday's 'Canal Day' Near Phoenixville / General

    Canal Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 28 at Lock 60 in Mont Clare, across the river from Phoenixville. A $5 per person donation is requested upon entering the access road from St. Michael’s Park. The Schuylkill Canal Association-sponsored event will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A handicap-accessible shuttle bus will bring people back and forth, free-of-charge, from the parking area all day.

  • Wed Jun 24, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail Nominated For USA Today's 'Best Urban Trail' / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail has been nominated by USA Today to compete for a reader’s choice award as one of the nation’s 10 best urban trails. Readers can vote for one of 20 urban trails and help to narrow the list down to the final 10. The Schuylkill River Trail is currently ranked second out of 20.

  • Wed Jun 24, 2015

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    10 Best Readers' Choice explores the great outdoors! / General

    Best Urban Trail Vote once per day for the category of Best Urban Trail. Vote once per day for the category of Best Urban Trail. (Photo: Thinkstock) American River Bike Trail - Sacramento Atlanta BeltLine - Atlanta Boulder Creek Path - Boulder, Colo. Buffalo Bayou Park - Houston Burke-Gilman Trail - Seattle Forest Park Trails - Portland, Ore. Grand Rounds/Midtown Greenway - Minneapolis Griffith Park Trails - Los Angeles Indianapolis Cultural Trail - Indianapolis Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail - Austin Lakefront Trail - Chicago Louisville Loop Trail - Louisville Manhattan Waterfront Greenway - New York Minuteman Bikeway - Boston MKT Nature and Fitness Trail - Columbia, Mo. Mount Vernon Trail - Washington River Walk and Mission Trail - San Antonio Rose Kennedy Greenway - Boston Schuylkill River Trail - Philadelphia Swamp Rabbit Trail - Greenville, S.C. Best of luck to all our nominees!

  • Tue Jun 23, 2015

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    Celebrating a Steep Conservation Challenge / Watershed Land Collaborative

    234-Acre Gibraltar Hill Becomes Addition to Pennsylvania State Forests Gibraltar, Pa. – Driving north on Interstate 176 towards Reading, Gibraltar Hill rests on the horizon like a sleeping giant. Just a short time ago, an approved subdivision plan would have cleared the dense woodlands and forever altered the skyline. On Monday, a group of government officials and conservationists gathered to celebrate its preservation by Natural Lands Trust and recent transfer to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry.

  • Tue Jun 23, 2015

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    Preservation of Gibraltar Hill celebrated / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Officials say it's a happy ending for a 200-acre nature preserve in Robeson Township. State environmental officials and legislators celebrated the preservation of Gibraltar Hill. The landmark, located near the intersection of I-176 and Route 274, spans 234 acres. The property was supposed to be developed into homes but conservationists fought that plan hoping to ensure Gibraltar Hill was a place everyone could enjoy.. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/preservation-of-gibraltar-hill-celebrated/33720592 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News

  • Mon Jun 22, 2015

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    Kenney: Bring back city-funded street sweeping, add 'South Philly edge' to anti-litter campaign / General

    Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney wants to bring regular street cleaning back to Philadelphia — if neighbors say OK. In an interview earlier this month, Kenney said he still remembers when the city abandoned the last vestiges of its decades-old street cleaning program, in the early 2000s, largely over parking complaints. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/mayor/Kenney_Bring_back_city-funded_street_sweeping_add_South_Philly_edge_to_anti-litter_campaign.html#QCi8FQLCjk1CEFUJ.99

  • Mon Jun 22, 2015

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    After Philly Council passes, plastic bags still costly to clean up / General

    Consumers who just can't get behind reusing grocery bags may have sighed with relief last week when an effort to charge Philadelphia shoppers a nickel each for plastic bags couldn't even get a hearing before City Council. So for now, at least, single-use plastic bags remain free at Philadelphia cash registers. But that doesn't mean they are cost-free. Obviously, the bags cost merchants something, which is passed on to consumers. But depending on where discarded bags land, taxpayer-funded programs are often responsible for cleanup efforts. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150619_After_Philly_Council_vote__plastic_bags_still_costly_to_clean_up.html#LSFoYhvuKsLriMJA.99

  • Mon Jun 22, 2015

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    Outdoors briefs / General

    This week’s events • Tuesday: Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meeting, 7 p.m., Picnic Hole, Little Schuylkill River, New Ringgold; for information, contact Tony Mione at (717) 979-0235 or email tonymione@outlook.com. • Wednesday-Friday: Nature Wildlife Adventure Camp, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove; ages 4-6, 9:30-11 a.m.; ages 7-9, 1-2:30 p.m., for information, email “Porcupine Pat” McKinney at porcupinepat@yahoo.com. • Thursday: Trap, 6-9 p.m., Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg; for information, email grammyminch@gmail.com. • Friday: Paddle Boarding for Beginners, 5 p.m., Blue Marsh Lake Church Road Access, Bernville; for required preregistration, call (610) 374-2944. • Saturday: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Family Fishing Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Francis Slocum State Park Day Use Boat Launch Area, Wyoming; fishing license fees are waived and tackle is provided for this free event, but preregistration is required by accessing www.GoneFishingPa.com. Family Fun Day with Bobber the Water Safety Dog, 2 p.m., Blue Marsh Lake Dry Brooks Day Use Area Swim Beach. • Sunday, June 28: 3D, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Seltzer Gun Club, 532 Seltzer Road; for information, contact Matt Balulis at (570) 640-1938.

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    City Council commits to beautifying Reading / General

    With the warmer weather upon us, the City of Reading is implementing initiatives to beautify and improve the area for residents and visitors. At its meeting Monday night, City Council recognized Taylor Keegan’s work on the Confluence Park project. Keegan, who holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and has won several awards for her work, has been instrumental in the inventory and analysis of the site of the new park. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/city-council-commits-to-beautifying-reading/33473302 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    Pottstown dragon boat team moves to the beat during Schuylkill River Sojourn / General

    Minutes after more than 100 people kayaked into Pottstown for the 17th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, a rhythmic drum beat was heard from inside a boat that resembled a traditional Chinese dragon.

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    Drone video shows Schuylkill River Sojourn from a different angle / General

    Videos shot from drones are all the rage, so why should this year’s Schuylkill River sojourn be any different? The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which sponsors each year’s sojourn, recently posted this drone video on Twitter, taken at the portage at the Kernsville Dam.

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    Norristown's Schuylkill River Trail Named Among Nation's 10 Best / General

    The Schuylkill River Trail, which passes through much of Montgomery County, has been named one of the best urban bike paths in the United States by Fodors Travel. The trail follows the river from South Street in Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row, and then out of the city past Manayunk, Conshohocken, and eventually to Norristown.

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    Biking across Philly: Independence from the trodden path / General

    Across from Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square one morning in April, I waited for my breakfast at the cafe Parc. Street maps and highlighters covered the table, and my bike helmet sat on the bench next to me. My go-to meal before a big ride is oatmeal. But when my order arrived, covered with a brittle, scorched-sugar topping and looking as though it had made a detour through the dessert cart, I wondered what other surprises this day would bring.

  • Thu Jun 18, 2015

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    Caravan of kayakers arrives on the Schuylkill / General

    About 1 p.m. Friday, dozens of candy-colored kayaks began arriving on the shores of the Schuylkill. The Philadelphia Canoe Club offered a cool, shady haven to the 100 or so paddlers who clambered out of their boats and into the building for lunch. They'd begun their voyage six days previously. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150613_A_caravan_of_kayakers_arrives_on_the_Schuylkill.html#QitEhIAahpUsitPG.99

  • Tue Jun 9, 2015

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    Best state in America: Pennsylvania, for turning old rails into trails / Education and Outreach

    For more than 20 years, hikers have struck out on June’s first Saturday to confirm what America’s most famous naturalist, John Muir, noted more than a century ago: “Wildness is a necessity.” The occasion, National Trails Day, celebrates the nation’s more than 230,000 miles of trails. It’s a network that continues to expand, thanks to a decades-long effort to convert abandoned rail tracks into walkable green spaces.

  • Tue Jun 9, 2015

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    Sojourners paddle their way through Montgomery, Chester counties / General

    Published: Monday, June 08, 2015 Get RSS FeedPrint ThisEmail This Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on stumbleuponShare on redditShare on pinterest_shareMore Sharing Services By Staff Kayakers arrive at Riverfront Park for last year’s Sojourn. More than 100 people paddled their way along the Schuylkill River as part of the Schuylkill River Sojourn. (John Strickler — 21st CENTURY MEDIA) View and purchase photos The Schuylkill River Sojourn is paddling its way through Montgomery and Chester counties next week. On June 9-11, more than 100 paddlers will take part in the 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, making overnight stops in Pottstown, Mont Clare and Conshohocken as they celebrate the legacy and landmarks of the Schuylkill Canal.

  • Tue Jun 9, 2015

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    City Council commits to beautifying Reading / General

    With the warmer weather upon us, the City of Reading is implementing initiatives to beautify and improve the area for residents and visitors. At its meeting Monday night, City Council recognized Taylor Keegan’s work on the Confluence Park project. Keegan, who holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and has won several awards for her work, has been instrumental in the inventory and analysis of the site of the new park.

  • Mon Jun 8, 2015

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    Sojourners paddle their way through Montgomery, Chester counties / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River Sojourn is paddling its way through Montgomery and Chester counties next week. On June 9-11, more than 100 paddlers will take part in the 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, making overnight stops in Pottstown, Mont Clare and Conshohocken as they celebrate the legacy and landmarks of the Schuylkill Canal.

  • Mon Jun 8, 2015

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    17th Schuylkill River Sojourn begins / Education and Outreach

    The 17th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn began Saturday with 184 people from 14 states and Switzerland registered to take part in a 112-mile canoe and kayak journey from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. The first leg of the trip took participants from Schuylkill Haven to Port Clinton. The group will make its way into Berks County today, traveling from Port Clinton to Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township. - See more at: http://readingeagle.com/news/article/17th-schuylkill-river-sojourn-begins#sthash.CjbNdKvS.dpuf

  • Mon Jun 8, 2015

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    17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn / Education and Outreach

    The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn launched Saturday morning from the Schuylkill Haven Island Park. The 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip begins in Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia.

  • Mon Jun 8, 2015

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    Silas Chamberlin and Elissa Garofalo: Schuylkill and Delaware-Lehigh heritage areas worthwhile investments / Education and Outreach

    As discussion of the state's budget focuses on complex issues like pension and property tax reform and how to properly support education, it is easy to lose sight of the need to fund relatively small investments that have major implications for our region. A good example is funding for the state's 12 designated heritage areas. Of the 12, our region of eastern Pennsylvania is lucky to have two of the most influential and active heritage areas. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is based in Pottstown and covers portions of Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties within the Schuylkill River watershed. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, based in Easton, covers the portions of Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties, along the routes of the former Delaware and Lehigh canals.

  • Fri Jun 5, 2015

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    Sojourners paddle their way through Montgomery, Chester counties / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River Sojourn is paddling its way through Montgomery and Chester counties next week. On June 9-10-11, more than 100 paddlers will take part in the 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, making overnight stops in Pottstown, Mont Clare and Conshohocken as they celebrate the legacy and landmarks of the Schuylkill Canal.

  • Fri Jun 5, 2015

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    Annual Schuylkill Sojourn set to launch Saturday;kickoff activities set for today in Schuylkill Haven / Education and Outreach

    More than 100 paddlers will convene at The Island in Schuylkill Haven tonight for the launch of the 17th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn. The weeklong 112-mile canoe/kayak trip from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. It is hosted by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. According to a press release, the sojourn celebrates the river as a valuable natural and recreation resource.

  • Fri Jun 5, 2015

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    Join Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade with anything that floats / Education and Outreach

    Ever wanted to join a boat parade? Well, the Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade, part of the Bartram's Garden Community River Fest, is answering your wishes. Since 2011, the event has gathered families and friends in crazy outfits for an 8-mile trip up the Schuylkill.

  • Fri Jun 5, 2015

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    Enjoy Schuylkill County’s great outdoors / Education and Outreach

    Summer is finally here! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I wait for it all year. Summer is my favorite season and right now I’m happy as a lark. Blue skies, warm sunshine and long, long days conspire to make this the most pleasant time to be out of doors. We’ve had some rain recently but this should make for excellent kayaking conditions! Speaking of excellent kayaking, the Schuylkill Sojourn, a 112-mile guided paddle from the Island in Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia that is organized annually by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and brings hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts each year, kicks off today with a chicken barbecue. Go to the Island and eat, drink and welcome our visitors!

  • Mon Jun 1, 2015

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    Berks' Best 2015 science winner: Zachary Germer, Exeter High School / Education and Outreach

    Berks' Best 2015 science winner: Zachary Germer, Exeter High School

  • Thu May 28, 2015

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    'Open streets' in Pennsylvania's cities: closing streets to cars, opening them to cyclists and salsa lessons / General

    Each Sunday, miles of streets in Bogota, Columbia are closed to cars, and people riding bicycles, strolling on foot, and rollerblading take over. This has been happening since 1974; today, the closed-off route runs 75 miles and hits every part of the city. The number of people who turn out is estimated to be between one and two million, which is 15 to 30 percent of Bogota’s entire population. Bogota is largely credited with originating the concept of “open streets” — where city roads are closed to car traffic and given over to people for fun and fitness — but it has grown beyond that city. The thinking goes that open streets can reconnect citizens to their cities and their neighbors, spur spending at local businesses, as well as provide more equitable opportunities for physical activity.

  • Wed May 27, 2015

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    Schuylkill Township sidewalk study fosters community connections / Education and Outreach

    A sidewalk feasibility study is meant to improve community connections, economic growth and exercise opportunities in the area. The purpose of the study is to determine where sidewalks will work best in the township as well as the cost and design plans of these constructions

  • Wed May 27, 2015

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    This is what the Schuylkill Scrub is all about... / Education and Outreach

    Yes, the Schuylkill Scrub is about cleaning up trash within the Schuylkill Watershed. But it's also about engaging local residents to spread awareness and take action in their communities. By participating in cleanups, volunteers see the negative impact that trash has on our land and waterways, and are inspired to spread awareness about this issue to friends, family, and neighbors. Ultimately, the goal is to reach so many people that the Schuylkill Scrub cleanup initiative is not necessary - no one will be littering because they understand the impact that trash has and feel a connection to their communities and environment.

  • Tue May 26, 2015

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    Blue Mountain School District Students Honored For Protecting Drinking Water / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network will recognize students in the Schuylkill River Valley for their work protecting drinking water from the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill Action Network will present the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award to the ninth-grade class at Blue Mountain High School in Berks County on May 22 at 2 p.m. In the 2013-2014 school year, the entire eighth-grade class at Blue Mountain Middle School helped convert basins into rain gardens, planted trees, and participated in environmental education.

  • Fri May 22, 2015

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    Montco Emergency Crews Practice Drills In Case Train Derailment Causes Oil Spill / General

    More than one-million gallons of crude oil pass through Pennsylvania each week, much of it on trains that run along the Schuylkill River between Chester and Montgomery counties. Training this week has emergency crews doing a “what-if” for potential disasters along those rail lines. Emergency responders trained on the Schuylkill River, deploying the booms that would be used to collect oil from a spill if a train were to derail north of Royersford.

  • Fri May 22, 2015

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    5 Places to Run In…Philadelphia / General

    Philadelphia may be best known for its rich history, perennially frustrated pro sports teams (and fans), and Rocky Balboa. But it also offers many great places to run as well as quirky tourist spots and restaurants that will make you forget the iconic cheese steak. Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2015/05/features/5-places-to-run-in-philadelphia_128535#g5QW5cTqOzRb5XHe.99

  • Fri May 22, 2015

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    Montco responders learn crude oil containment strategy / General

    Emergency responders took like ducks to the water Thursday to put into practice the techniques that were learned over a three-day training course on containing an oil spill. After learning methods of protection and evaluation in the event of an oil train derailment, emergency officials from Montgomery and Chester counties were out from under the wing of their instructor, Environmental Protection Agency coordinator Michael Towle.

  • Thu May 21, 2015

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    EPA Conducting Oil Spill Training Exercise in Schuylkill River / General

    If anybody happens to see a flurry of activity by emergency crews in the Schuylkill River near Phoenixville Thursday, there should not be any immediate cause for alarm, according to the Phoenixville Office of Emergency Management. On Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 pm., the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and first responders will be conducting training in the Schuylkill River near the Black Rock Boat Dock.

  • Wed May 20, 2015

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    Venice Island art installation designed to attract visitors / General

    The Philadelphia Water Department has teamed up with Mural Arts to unveil a renewed Venice Island in Manayunk. They are hoping to inspire those looking for the greener side of things in Philadelphia. Starting at Pretzel Park, a cascade of small, vinyl mural pieces serve as a path down to Venice Island. The shockingly-blue bubble-shaped images of fish and turtles sprawl across the neighborhood's blocks and invite people to follow the murals like breadcrumbs to the recently renovated recreation space.

  • Wed May 20, 2015

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    Artwork through Manayunk leads to Venice Island / Education and Outreach

    Venice Island facilities and the efforts made to protect the environment are getting a boost through art. The Philadelphia Water Department, now rebranded as Philadelphia Water, unveiled the public art installation “Waterways” May 14 with a press tour. “Philadelphia Water strongly believes in art as an education tool,” said Tiffany Ledesma, Philadelphia Water public engagement team manager. The artwork, which is billed as “one of Philadelphia’s largest-ever public art installations,” reaches from Manayunk’s Pretzel Park through the Main Street commercial corridor to Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. The purpose of the temporary installation is to lead people to Manayunk’s latest destination.

  • Wed May 20, 2015

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    A midstate river often appears orange, and no solution is in sight / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    The legacy of coal mining is presenting challenges now for a midstate river, more than 40 years after many underground shafts shut down. Some old mines will leak constantly - one of the worst points is near Minersville, where an average of 6,000 gallons can come pouring through all day. Much of the acid sediment settles on the bottom of the west branch of the Schulykill River.

  • Tue May 19, 2015

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    Ride Your Bike To Work Day Recognized In Philly Suburbs / General

    The Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association celebrated their 4th annual “Bike To Work Day” Friday morning. A group from Montgomery County rode up the Schuylkill River Trail from Norristown to Valley Forge National Historic Park, meeting with a contingent who rode in from Chester County.

  • Thu May 14, 2015

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    Bushong Dam to be demolished and replaced with Confluence Park / General

    Reading City Council, at its meeting Monday night, voted unanimously to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the removal of the Bushong Dam. The dam, located along the Tulpehocken Creek in the Glenside neighborhood, near the confluence of the Schuylkill River, was originally built in 1892 to power the Bushong Paper Company.

  • Thu May 14, 2015

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    DEP still dealing with orange Schuylkill River / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    The orange water in the West Branch of the Schuylkill River comes and goes but efforts have been ongoing to try to curb the flow of the acid mine water. On Tuesday, the water near the Minersville train station appeared orange from acid mine water from the Pine Knot mine discharge and Oak Hill boreholes in the Duncott area, north of Minersville. The mines were last operated in the 1970s, Colleen Connolly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection’s north east regional office, said Tuesday.

  • Thu May 14, 2015

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    Meeting to address problems in the Wissahickon Watershed / General

    A panel of regional experts will convene to set forth a vision for protecting and preserving the Wissahickon Watershed at a meeting entitled “A Creek in Crisis: Time for Action.” At the meeting, to be held May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., the panel will address the many issues relating to the Wissahickon Watershed and offer tangible ways to engage in protecting the 64-square mile area. Hosted by the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA), the meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Arts Center Theater at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Local organizations and businesses will also be exhibiting before the meeting.

  • Thu May 14, 2015

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    DEP awards environmental education grants / Education and Outreach

    Two watershed associations and a technology center recently received environmental education grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Both the Schuylkill Headwaters Association and the Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association were each awarded a $3,000 grant. The Schuylkill Technology Center was awarded $2,997. “Funding environmental education projects, like these, is an important function of government that works,” Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “I am pleased that we can support these initiatives that not only educate our young people about today’s environmental issues, but also realize tangible environmental benefits.”

  • Thu May 14, 2015

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    Invisible River May Newsletters / General

    Invisible River May Newsletter

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    Reading Area Community College club makes splash by helping to save water / Education and Outreach

    Operation Green, the Reading Area Community College environmental club, recently received a Schuylkill Action Network Scholastic Drinking Water Award.

  • Mon May 11, 2015

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    First Draft: SRT Spree one of craft beer's charitable endeavors / General

    For six days in April, bands of volunteers cleaned the Schuylkill River Trail from Pottsville to Philadelphia. In return, they got beer. It was all in the name of charity, of course. The SRT Spree was organized by Pottstown's Sly Fox to announce the arrival of its SRT Ale, an American pale ale. The spree, started on April 16 and concluded on April 22 with an Earth Day SRT Ale release party at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, was also held to celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail and all of the recreational opportunities it presents. A portion of the sales of SRT Ale, which is now available at area establishments, will benefit the Schuylkill River Trail through the Schuylkill River Heritage Area administered by the Schuylkill River Greenway Association.

  • Wed May 6, 2015

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    Ephraim Malickson Wildlife Sanctuary opens in Robeson Township / General

    When Ephraim Malickson moved to his secluded property in Robeson Township, he did so with his dog, Tip, in mind. "That dog, it could run everywhere it wanted to," said Kim Murphy, president of the Berks Conservancy. "He really just assembled the property so the animal could run free." Malickson has since passed away, and Tip no longer roams the 200 acres of forest off Cocalico Road. But Malickson's legacy will ensure that other animals can safely do so for years to come. "Tekene 2," the Ephraim Malickson Wildlife Sanctuary, officially opened Tuesday, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Berks Conservancy and Wells Fargo Bank, which owns and manages the property through a trust agreement established by Malickson.

  • Wed May 6, 2015

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    Students at RACC to be Honored for Protecting Drinking Water / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network will recognize students in the Schuylkill River Valley for their work protecting drinking water from the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill Action Network will present the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award to Reading Area Community College on May 7 at 2 p.m. in celebration of National Drinking Water Week on May 3-9. Students in the Reading Area Community College’s environmental club, Operation Green, held a public rain barrel workshop and will conduct two more. About 50 participants attended the first workshop.

  • Wed May 6, 2015

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    SLA Beeber and greenSTEM Grab Award for Drinking Water Week / Education and Outreach

    For most people, watering the garden is an inexact science at best. At worst, unnecessary watering is a double whammy of waste: throwing away good, clean water while increasing the risk of plant problems like mildew and root rot. But what if you could pop onto your computer or phone and tap into a system that tells you just how much moisture is in your soil, how much sun and heat your plants are getting, and when watering is needed? That’s exactly what the students at the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber (SLA Beeber) in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood can do when they want to know whether it’s time to turn on the hose at the campus rain garden, and it’s all thanks to a Philadelphia Water partnership called the greenSTEM (that’s short for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Network.

  • Tue May 5, 2015

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    Public Forum on Creative Placemaking and Reimagining Bartram’s Mile / General

    Bartram’s Mile, a one-mile stretch of riverfront along the western banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, has been vacant and cut off from public access for decades. But a plan to reimagine this section of the Schuylkill Banks is currently underway, led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The plan will create new green space for Southwest Philadelphia, present new visitation opportunities for the nearby Bartram’s Garden and help set the stage for larger public access projects along this stretch of the trail, including the restoration of the abandoned rail swing bridge south of Grays Ferry Avenue. The project will break ground this fall, with an expected completion date of spring 2016.

  • Tue May 5, 2015

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    Fairmount Park Plans For the Future / General

    Friends of the Wissahickon members got a firsthand look at a major new vision for Fairmount Park in late March. The results of the study were presented by Harris Steinberg, the founding executive director of PennPraxis and a veteran of many major planning projects citywide. He's now the executive director of Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and on the Fairmount Park study's executive team.

  • Tue May 5, 2015

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    Celebrating National Drinking Water Week May 3-9, 2015 / General

    From Sunday, May 3, 2015 through Saturday, May 9, 2015, Reading Area Water Authority will celebrate National Drinking Water Week with its community partners and invites the Greater Reading community to participate in this year’s theme, “What do you know about H2O?” Drinking Water Week“It seems like a simple question but there is so much that happens behind the scenes to make our water safe to drink… and even more done for high quality water that contributes to healthy lifestyles in our community,” said Dean Miller, executive director, Reading Area Water Authority, Reading, Pa. The Water Authority participates in the National Drinking Water Week, which the American Water Works Association (AWWA) began over 35 years ago to give its members a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Community outreach and education are big components of maintaining safe, affordable drinking water. The staff of the Water Authority holds events throughout the week to help educate residents and businesses so they can informed to make better decisions, learn how their actions impact the environment (positively and negatively), and get involved. “Our employees look forward to volunteering for these events each year. It’s a good time to connect with the community, educate our youth, and work together to make a difference for our quality of life,” said Miller. In addition to the Water Authority’s highlighted activities of the week, newsworthy announcements will be made throughout the week.

  • Mon May 4, 2015

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    Schuylkill Action Network To Honor Students For Work In Protecting Drinking Water / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network will recognize students in the Schuylkill River Valley for their work protecting drinking water from the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill Action Network will present the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award to the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber on May 4 at 3:20 p.m. in celebration of National Drinking Water Week on May 3-9.

  • Mon May 4, 2015

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    PHOTOS: Schuylkill River Trail opens with celebration / General

    To celebrate the opening of the two-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail through Phoenixville, the borough hosted a celebration event for the public centered at the Phoenixville Foundry last Saturday, April 25.

  • Mon May 4, 2015

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    Biking season returns, and officials stress courtesy on Montgomery County trails / General

    May is National Bike Month, and what better time for cyclists and walkers to be reminded of proper etiquette when sharing the byways of Montgomery County’s ever popular, ever-growing trail system?

  • Thu Apr 30, 2015

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    Phoenixville opens new section of Schuylkill River Trail / General

    Officials gathered Monday to cut the ribbon on a section of the Schuylkill River Trail that runs through Phoenixville. The multi-use trail is under construction for expansion along the banks of the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania. Large stretches of the trail are rail trails.

  • Thu Apr 30, 2015

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    Sen. Schwank, Reps. Caltagirone, Rozzi declare $84.6M State Investment to help Reading Better Protect Environment, create jobs / Pathogens / Compliance

    The City of Reading will get a much needed boost in its ongoing efforts to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, meet the terms of a federal order, and protect the quality of the Schuylkill River with the approval today of an $84.6 million investment by a state agency that’s dedicated to improving the quality of drinking water and local environments throughout Pennsylvania. PENNVEST approved the low-interest loan during its meeting today. The $84.586 million decision will help the city upgrade its sewage treatment plant and help to resolve National Pollutant Discharge System violations.

  • Thu Apr 30, 2015

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    Phoenixville Celebrates Opening of Schuylkill River Trail / General

    The plan to connect 130 miles of walking trail between Pottsville and Philadelphia inched a little bit closer with last week’s opening of Phoenixville’s two-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail. Phoenixville community members and officials honored the new patch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 20 near the Foundry Building, but the resal party started Saturday with a full day of festivities. Visitors headed downtown to participate in an array of family events around the trail, including a bike tour, live music, chalk art and more.

  • Mon Apr 27, 2015

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    Aerial spraying for black flies set for Monday along Schuylkill River / General

    State environmental officials announced they will be conducting aerial black fly (biting gnat) suppression operation on the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Creek on Monday. Work will be conducted on the Schuylkill River in Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Schuylkill counties from the Philadelphia/Montgomery line near the mouth of the Wissahickon Creek upriver to the Landingville Dam in Schuylkill County.

  • Mon Apr 27, 2015

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    Registration open for Schuylkill River Sojourn, Pedal and Paddles / General

    As the weather warms and the Schuylkill begins to sparkle, its time to start thinking about paddling its currents and pedaling along its shores. Registration is now open for two of the more popular recreational activities centered around the hidden river — the 17th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn and the “Pedal and Paddle” combination kayak and bicycle day-trips along the trail.

  • Mon Apr 27, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Slyfox Brewing Company partner for trail cleanup / General

    You could hardly tell from the thick cloud of dust that filled the air, but the Schuylkill River Trail received a much-needed cleanup Sunday, April 19. More than 25 volunteers from around the tri-county area helped rake and widen the trail at the Union Township Trailhead and Landing from 2-4 p.m. as part of the SRT Spree, a celebration of the Schuylkill River Trail hosted by Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Slyfox Brewing Company. In addition to helping the environment, the event helped usher-in the arrival of the seasonal SRT Ale, the brewing company’s latest beer that celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail and all of the recreational opportunities it presents. Afterward everyone was treated to a free sampling at the incoming Fork and Ale (the former Tim’s Ugly Mug Bar and Grille) for a job well done.

  • Mon Apr 27, 2015

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    Bike sharing comes to Philadelphia, finally! 60 stations with 600 bikes / General

    Screen capture SF Yesterday, Philadelphia launched a bike sharing program that has been many years in the making. Our friend Clarence was there, and since he doesn't need sleep, being a robot and all, he spent all night editing a great video showing the launch and how cool the new Indego system is. With 600 bikes spread across 60 stations, the new bike share isn't huge, but it's not small either, being the nation's 5th largest bike share at launch. It should start making a difference right from the start, providing a great healthy and clean way to get around the city.

  • Fri Apr 24, 2015

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    PHOENIXVILLE TRAIL OPENING CELEBRATION / General

    Join Schuylkill River Towns on Saturday, April 25 to celebrate the opening of the Schuylkill River Trail in Phoenixville! Head to the Phoenixville Farmers market in the morning, then walk over to the area behind the Foundry between Main and Bridge Street at 11 for bike and walking tours, helmet fittings, plein-air painting, chalk art, and words from people who are making the Circuit - our region's network of multimodal trails - a reality!

  • Thu Apr 23, 2015

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    'One Man's Trash' puts year-long Wissahickon cleanup effort on display at Fairmount Water Works / General

    Over the course of a year, Maule collected all of it while hiking nearly every inch of Wissahickon Valley Park, which cuts through several Northwest Philly neighborhoods, including Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Roxborough. He aptly dubbed the effort "One Man's Trash."

  • Thu Apr 23, 2015

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    Reading gets loan of $84.6 million at 1 percent interest for sewer plant project / Pathogens / Compliance

    A state fund on Wednesday agreed to loan the city $84.6 million at 1 percent interest to cover much of the cost of rebuilding the sewage treatment plant on Fritz's Island. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or PennVest, aims its loans at improving the quality of drinking water and local environments throughout the state, and had loaned the city $10 million in April 2012 to get started on the work. The sewer plant work is expected to cost $109 million, and the city is reviewing the bids opened last week. - See more at: http://readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-gets-loan-of-846-million-at-1-percent-interest-for-sewer-plant-project#sthash.0aN4RffA.dpuf

  • Wed Apr 22, 2015

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    Volunteers needed for King of Prussia cleanup on May 2 / General

    Join the Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council and the partners of the Schuylkill Action Network to clean up King of Prussia streams on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a pizza party to follow. Everyone ages 12 and up can volunteer.

  • Tue Apr 21, 2015

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    Go green at local Earth Day events / General

    We’ve only got one earth. Might as well give it a helping hand. All this week, local parks, gardens and municipalities are giving two green thumbs up to Mother Nature with Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) events.

  • Mon Apr 20, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Slyfox Brewing Company partner for trail cleanup / General

    You could hardly tell from the thick cloud of dust that filled the air, but the Schuylkill River Trail received a much-needed cleanup Sunday afternoon. More than 25 volunteers from around the tri-county area helped rake and widen the trail at the Union Township Trailhead and Landing from 2-4 p.m. as part of the SRT Spree, a celebration of the Schuylkill River Trail hosted by Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Slyfox Brewing Company. In addition to helping the environment, the event helped usher-in the arrival of the seasonal SRT Ale, the brewing company’s latest beer that celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail and all of the recreational opportunities it presents. Afterward everyone was treated to a free sampling at the incoming Fork and Ale (the former Tim’s Ugly Mug Bar and Grille) for a job well done

  • Fri Apr 17, 2015

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    Over 85 Bags of Trash Collected from the Schuylkill River / General

    The cleanup held by the Schuylkill Navy on April 11, 2015 at Boathouse Row was a huge success with 85 bags of trash collected!

  • Thu Apr 16, 2015

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    Sly Fox pays tribute to Earth Day with Schuylkill River Trail journey / General

    Fans of Sly Fox beer and Mother Earth will be happy to learn of the brewery's latest endeavor. From April 17 through April 22, two Sly Fox representatives will travel down the Schuylkill River Trail by kayak, by horse, by bike and by their own two feet. The journey celebrates the many outdoor activities available along the trail as well as the release of Sly Fox's new seasonal brew SRT Ale. Along the journey, called the SRT Spree, Sly Fox will hold SRT Ale release events at local bars and restaurants as well as cleanups along the trail.

  • Thu Apr 16, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Sojourn Registration Open / General

    Schuylkill River Sojourn Registration Open

  • Fri Apr 10, 2015

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    Philadelphia Science Festival celebrates five years, Returns April 24-May 2 / General

    Celebrating its fifth year of widespread growth and unprecedented participation, the Philadelphia Science Festival returns with an array of more than 100 events that extend all across the Philadelphia region throughout nine days, beginning April 24. Organized and led by The Franklin Institute, and sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company for the fifth straight year, the Philadelphia Science Festival leverages the collaboration of more than 200 of the region’s incredible resources – influential institutions, museums and cultural and community centers – around "informal" science education. During the Festival, Philadelphians engage with the wonders of science and technology through creatively themed events and workshops taking place across the region in parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places – many of them free. A full calendar of events has been released, with tickets now on sale.

  • Mon Apr 6, 2015

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    10 Surprising Wild Animals Spotted in Philadelphia / General

    Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, but these neighborhoods do not belong only to us. Before there was a concrete jungle, before there were even Swedish settlers or William Penn’s Greene Country Towne, American toads sang in the ponds. Some of the old neighbors are gone (no more elk or mountain lion), but some are still hanging around.

  • Mon Apr 6, 2015

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    Help Spring Clean Our Watershed! Volunteer Opportunities Scheduled Throughout the DRB / General

    The winter is finally transitioning towards spring and has left a mess in its wake! If you are interested and able, perhaps consider volunteering for a cleanup event to help beautify the waterways, parks, shorelines, and streets of the Delaware River Watershed.

  • Fri Apr 3, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Sojourn 2015 Registration Now Open / General

    Don’t miss this chance to check off #17 on our Philly Fitness Bucket List: Registration for the 2015 Schuylkill River Sojourn kicked off this week, so now’s your opportunity to secure a spot. This year’s 112-mile paddle down the Schuylkill River will take place from June 6th through 12th. You’ll start in Schuylkill Haven and follow a guide for seven days until you complete your journey at Boathouse Row. Participants paddle canoes or kayaks 14 to 18 miles a day and camp along the way. The full itinerary is here.

  • Fri Apr 3, 2015

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    GreenSpace: Phila. storm-water plan seen to have wider positives / Storm Water

    Sure, newly planted shrubs and trees can soak up storm water that otherwise would have overwhelmed the sewage system. Now there is early evidence that they may improve health and safety as well. Four years ago, the Philadelphia Water Department launched an innovative - and, at a projected cost of $2.4 billion, expansive - storm-water plan. The goal is to pepper the city with myriad small projects - from rain gardens to manufactured wetlands to green roofs - that will sop up the first inch of rain. When all the projects are completed two decades from now, no longer will storm water inundate the city's sewers and gush untreated into streams, carrying road oil, raw sewage, and other pollutants.

  • Thu Apr 2, 2015

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    RainCheck Goes Citywide / Storm Water

    Good news! We made some exciting changes to our Rain Check program. Working together with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and Sustainable Business Network (SBN) we've expanded our reach, streamlined our process and increased our team of qualified contractors. What has changed? First – the program is now open to residents in the entire City. Prior to April 1st, downspout planters, rain gardens and masonry projects were only available to residents who lived in the Combined Sewer Area of Philadelphia. As of today, any resident can sign up.

  • Thu Apr 2, 2015

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    Schuylkill Navy Cleanup Saturday April 11th / General

    Join the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 11th to help clean up litter along the Schuylkill River from Boathouse Row to Falls Bridge! When: Saturday, April 11, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Philadelphia Schuylkill River Rowing Course (from Boathouse Row to Falls Bridge) Contact: Alan Robinson 610-809-6264 amrobinson101@gmail.com

  • Thu Apr 2, 2015

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    Phila. Stormwater Plan has Wider Benefits-Sandy Bauer article / Storm Water

    Sure, newly planted shrubs and trees can soak up storm water that otherwise would have overwhelmed the sewage system. Now there is early evidence that they may improve health and safety as well.

  • Tue Mar 17, 2015

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    William Penn, Knight foundations donate $11M for public space project / Watershed Land Collaborative

    The William Penn and Knight foundations have partnered to make a significant investment to fund and transform a few of Philadelphia public spaces. The two foundations will invest $11 million to activate five new public space projects in the city, including the elevated train tracks at the Reading Viaduct. The funds will go toward "Reimagining the Civic Commons," an initiative led by the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

  • Mon Mar 16, 2015

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    Rain: Don't let a good thing go / Storm Water

    Andrea Kirsh had never heard of permeable pavement before, and storm water runoff wasn't exactly high on her list of dinner conversation topics. Yet this art historian from University City is now conversant with both subjects and among the biggest boosters of Rain Check, a Philadelphia Water Department program designed to help homeowners manage storm water. "Why throw away something - water, in this case - when you can keep it and reuse it? And you're doing something good for the environment," says Kirsh. Through Rain Check, the University City resident got a price break on rain-absorbing pavers and a 55-gallon rain barrel that collects rain water from a downspout attached to the roof to be reused on lawns, gardens, and cars. Philadelphia was one of the first cities in the country to develop a sewer system; in the oldest neighborhoods, such as South and West Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, and parts of Germantown, that system combines waste water and storm water, which means that heavy rains put diluted sewage into the Delaware River and the Schuylkill.

  • Mon Mar 9, 2015

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    Spring cleanup begins with Schuylkill Scrub / General

    The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing and more along the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Mar 9, 2015

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    Schuylkill Headwaters Association's Spring 2015 Newsletter / General

    Schuylkill Headwaters Association's Spring 2015 Newsletter

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    Schuylkill Water Stewards - Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program / General

    Apply to become a Schuylkill Water Steward. Learn about streams, water quality, and provide valuable data to help protect and restore the Delaware River Watershed, of which the Schuylkill Watershed is a part of. Applications due March 31st!

  • Fri Mar 6, 2015

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    Study Shows Evidence of “Triple Bottom Line” Effects of Green Stormwater Infrastructure / Storm Water

    When we started the 25-year, $2.4 billion Green City, Clean Waters plan in 2011, the idea was that we could better manage our stormwater and reduce combined sewer overflows by leading with green infrastructure, as opposed to only using gray infrastructure, and that it would also have additional social and economic benefits. We call it our “triple bottom line" approach. While the environmental benefits (good news—we’re on track to meet our environmental targets for year five of the plan!) and economic benefits are quantifiable, the social benefits are harder to measure. But a recent study, published this January in the American Journal of Public Health, indicates that the green stormwater infrastructure we’ve installed in Philadelphia does, indeed, have social benefits as well.

  • Fri Mar 6, 2015

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    These Paintings Were Made With Toxic River Sludge / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    Some of the underground coal mines dotting southern Ohio have been abandoned for over a century, but they're still turning nearby streams bright orange with toxic sludge. Now there's a new way to fund the expensive process of cleaning up the water: Turning the sludge—full of iron oxides—into paint for artists. Pigments like burnt sienna have been made from iron oxides since early humans were painting on caves, but this may be the first time that anyone has tried to commercialize it from pollution. The project was the brainchild of Ohio University professor Guy Riefler, who collaborated with art professor John Sabraw to test the paint out.

  • Tue Mar 3, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Anti-litter Campaign to Span Entire Spring / General

    The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

  • Tue Mar 3, 2015

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    Stream permits due for Rolling Hills Landfill, sewer plants / Pathogens / Compliance

    Permit renewals that would allow one landfill and two area sewer treatment plants, one of which is expanding, to discharge into area streams and rivers will be considered at the next meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission. The DRBC is a quasi-federal agency, which oversees all withdrawals and discharges of water in the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Watershed in four states — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

  • Mon Mar 2, 2015

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    Anti-litter Campaign to Span Entire Spring / General

    The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Mar 2, 2015

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    Exelon nuke plant seeks more Schuylkill River water during heat waves / General

    The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering a request by Exelon for permission to increase the amount of water the Limerick nuclear plant can withdraw from the Schuylkill River on hot summer days. Exelon’s 83-page application will be considered during the March 10 meeting of the quasi-federal agency, which oversees all withdrawals and discharges of water in the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Watershed.

  • Mon Mar 2, 2015

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    Sly Fox's Schuylkill River Trail Spree / General

    From Pottsville to Philadelphia the SRT Spree will announce the arrival of SRT ALE and celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail and all of the recreational opportunities it presents. Sly Fox Brewing Company, in collaboration with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, is releasing a special seasonal beer, SRT ALE.

  • Fri Feb 27, 2015

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    PHOTOS: Work continues on Sullivan Bridge project / General

    Work continued on the Sullivan Bridge project along the Schuylkill River Thursday near Valley Forge National Historical Park.

  • Tue Feb 24, 2015

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    Rivers, industry and cars: a historian looks at river towns along lower Schuylkill / General

    Historian and blogger Michael Tolle recently moved away from his home of 36 years near the Schuylkill River valley, but that doesn’t mean the region has captured less of his attention. This spring, Tolle plans to publish a book based on his historic studies of eight towns located along the Lower Schuylkill River between Reading and Philadelphia. The book also explores how the towns could prosper in the future. Tolle was struck by the historic similarities of the eight towns: Pottstown, Royersford, Spring City, Phoenixville, Norristown, Bridgeport, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.

  • Thu Feb 12, 2015

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    Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Partner for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA / Storm Water

    Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful today announced they are teaming-up with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay/Project Stream Clean for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA. “What happens on the land affects the water and in order to keep the Schuylkill River clean, we need to keep our communities, parks, roads, and neighborhoods clean. By registering a cleanup or volunteering for one, anyone can help create a healthy Schuylkill River and a beautiful Pennsylvania,” stated Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

  • Fri Feb 6, 2015

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    Conquering a Steep Conservation Challenge in Berks County / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Driving north on Interstate 176 in Robeson Township, Berks County, Gibraltar Hill rests on the horizon like a sleeping giant. Just a short time ago, the fate of this local landmark was grim; an approved subdivision plan would have cleared the dense woodlands and forever altered the skyline. Now, thanks to Natural Lands Trust, Gibraltar Hill is protected forever and will become part of Pennsylvania’s State Forest system.

  • Wed Feb 4, 2015

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    Schuylkill Center marks 50 years of connecting people with nature / General

    The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE), 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road In Andorra, kicked off it 50th anniversary celebration at its annual Richard L. James Lecture held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the center. Artist Mary Mattingly presented this year’s lecture, “Environmental Art for a Changing Planet,” and discussed the relationship between art and climate change.

  • Tue Feb 3, 2015

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    Events in the works for Pottstown’s bicentennial / General

    Although this month marks the bicentennial of Pottstown’s incorporation as a borough, the celebrations are going on all year long. A committee headed by Borough Councilwoman Carol Kulp has planned ways for the bicentennial to be marked at a number of standing events, such as the Fourth of July, the Volleyball Rumble, the Schuylkill River Sojourn, downtown car shows and the second Pottstown Pow Wow in May.

  • Fri Jan 30, 2015

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    Civil engineering undergrads develop mine water treatment plant for PaDEP / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    According to the Schuylkill Action Network, the Schuylkill River and its tributaries provide drinking water to more than 1.5 million Pennsylvania residents and habitats for both fish and wildlife. It’s also being actively polluted. Two abandoned coalmines in Minersville — the Oak Hill Collieries and the Pine Knot Complex — are releasing thousands of gallons of contaminated water into the river each minute.

  • Thu Jan 29, 2015

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    Sly Fox celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail with new beer, SRT Ale / General

    Bitter news has never tasted so sweet. Pottstown’s own Sly Fox Brewing will soon release a spring beer benefiting the Schuylkill River Trail called — what else? — SRT Ale.

  • Wed Jan 21, 2015

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    Environmentalists challenging re-licensing of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station / General

    Although the federal government renewed the operating license for Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station last October, the process is not quite over. That’s because the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, is challenging the re-licensing — or trying to at least.

  • Wed Jan 21, 2015

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    Funds will improve Delaware River Watershed / General

    Projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will receive more than $15 million to improve water quality in the Delaware River Watershed

  • Fri Jan 16, 2015

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    Millions Allocated to Improve Delaware River / General

    he federal government is putting big bucks toward protecting the Delaware River and improving water quality in its watershed. The United States Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that $13 million will go to projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

  • Fri Jan 16, 2015

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    Conservationists get $15M boost / General

    Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills on Thursday announced projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will receive over $15 million to improve water quality in the Delaware River Watershed as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

  • Thu Jan 15, 2015

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    USDA to provide funds for Delaware River watershed projects / General

    Several new water quality projects in the Delaware River watershed will be funded through grants and funds for long-term protection projects, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

  • Thu Jan 15, 2015

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    Local shellfish industry on the menu at summit on Delaware River estuary / General

    CAPE MAY – Hundreds of environmental scientists, managers, and educators will converge on Cape May’s Grand Hotel Jan. 25-28 for the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) will host the four-day conference within miles of the region’s leading seafood port. The summit seeks to find practical solutions for restoring the natural vitality of the tidal Delaware River and Bay. “Aquaculture in particular will be of interest to locals,” said Shaun Bailey, marketing and communications coordinator at Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. “There will be discussion of the state of Delaware Bay oysters and an advance of a dock assessment that’s done by Rutgers University every year,”

  • Thu Jan 15, 2015

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    Schuylkill River Trail Clean up Will Put Service into Action / General

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will lead a Schuylkill River Trail cleanup on Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. The event is being held in partnership with PerkiomenValleyHigh School and volunteer from St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick.

  • Thu Jan 15, 2015

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    $340 Million In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects / General

    Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The federal agency has approved 115 proposals in an initial round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was authorized under national farm legislation that Congress enacted last year.

  • Tue Jan 13, 2015

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    Pharmaceutical drug collections in Berks up 64% in 2014 / Pathogens / Compliance

    READING, Pa. - Berks County is seeing success with its pharmaceutical drug drop-off program. The district attorney's detectives announced Monday that they collected 5,517 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs that were dropped in 24 boxes placed throughout Berks County in 2014. That's a 64 percent increase over the 3,364 pounds that were collected in 2013.

  • Tue Jan 13, 2015

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    $35,000 Awarded to Schuylkill Action Students Projects / Storm Water

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announces its $23.2 million in grants for watershed protection in its Growing Greener program.

  • Mon Jan 12, 2015

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    Philadelphia, one of the top places to visit in the world in 2015 / General

    "The making of an urban outdoor oasis." A series of projects has transformed Philadelphia into a hive of outdoor urban activity. Dilworth Park, formerly a hideous slab of concrete adjoining City Hall, reopened this past autumn as a green, pedestrian-friendly public space with a winter ice-skating rink (and a cafe by the indefatigable chef Jose Garces).

  • Mon Jan 12, 2015

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    Schuylkill Watershed Congress: A Congress That Actually Does Something / General

    Saturday, March 14 is when the 2015 Schuylkill Watershed Congress gathers for its annual session of education and advocacy at the Montgomery County Community College West Campus in Pottstown.

  • Mon Jan 5, 2015

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    SCHUYLKILL SHOT OF THE MONTH: Win $25 Amazon Gift Card! / General

    Post a picture that represents a waterway of the Schuylkill River on one of your social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram) with the caption including: 1) The location of the picture (closest town required, waterway optional); 2) Hashtag #SchuylkillShots; and 3) Tag the Schuylkill Action Network: Facebook and Instagram:@SchuylkillWaters Twitter: @SchuylkillWater

  • Fri Jan 2, 2015

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    'Ski Freeze' Takes to the Schuylkill River for A Good Cause / General

    A group of water skiers in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania started the new year with a splash for a good cause. The Port Indian Ski Club held its 35th annual Ski Freeze water skiing fundraiser in Norristown on Thursday afternoon.

  • Fri Jan 2, 2015

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    Starting Off The New Year On The River / General

    A group of anglers in Schuylkill County have started a New Year’s tradition. No matter the weather, on the first of the year they are out on the river fishing for trout. The anticipation of the new year ahead is a lot like trout fishing.

  • Fri Jan 2, 2015

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    Dozens brave chilly Schuylkill River in Pottstown / General

    Dozens of people in Pottstown made a somewhat questionable decision to start the new year this morning. With the air temperature at the freezing mark of 32 degrees, they took a dip in the chilly Schuylkill River during the seventh annual Polar Bear Swim.

  • Fri Jan 2, 2015

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    7th annual Polar Bear Plunge kicks off Pottstown’s 2015 / General

    They exited the river, many rather quickly, to the warm embrace of a raging bonfire and, if they were really adventurous, to bite into a hot pepper or two as part of the celebration’s latest feature — the “Fire and Ice Challenge.” Wet-suited divers from the Telford and Phoenixville dive rescue units were there to ensure everyone who went into the water came back out. Divers estimated the water temperature to be between 32 and 35 degrees, “depending on how long you were standing in it,” one diver said with a grin.

  • Fri Jan 2, 2015

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    Federal Funding to Preserve Land in the Schuylkill Highlands / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Three million in federal funding has been approved to advance open space preservation across the Schuylkill Highlands area of southeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the multi-state Highlands Region. The funding was included in the spending bills passed by Congress and signed by the President last week.

  • Wed Dec 31, 2014

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    Pottstown Polar Bear Plunge set for New Year’s Day / General

    Perhaps the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department put it best when they said “Tis the Season to Be Freezin’.” That’s how they announced the plans for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge, for those prepared to bear the cold of the Schuylkill River in the annual insanity at Riverfront Park, 140 College Drive.

  • Mon Dec 29, 2014

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    Natural Lands Trust: $3M destined for area conservation / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Spending bills passed by Congress and signed by the President last week included $3 million in federal funds to advance open space preservation across the Schuylkill Highlands area of southeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the multi-state Highlands Region, said a press release from Natural Lands Trust (NLT), a regional land conservation organization.

  • Thu Dec 18, 2014

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    William Penn Foundation gives $8 million for bike trails / General

    To help connect the region's bicycle and pedestrian paths, the William Penn Foundation has given $8.6 million for a planned 750-mile trail network. The money will be funneled to local governments and nonprofit organizations to design, plan, and build trails, with an emphasis on urban corridors, Andrew Johnson, director of the foundation's watershed-protection program, said Wednesday. The foundation gave $7 million to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to award for trail projects over the next three years. And it gave $1.6 million to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to "build awareness of this significant regional amenity," the foundation said.

  • Mon Dec 15, 2014

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    Tapping our Watershed: An Information System for the Delaware River Watershed / General

    At this edition of Tapping our Watershed, Scott Haag will present, "An Information System for the Delaware River Watershed."

  • Fri Dec 12, 2014

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    Maiden Creek Watershed - New Brochures / General

    The printing of our new brochure has been funded by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The distribution of the new brochure has been partially funded by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through a Growing Greener grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Fri Dec 12, 2014

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    Develop plan for river basin / General

    The Delaware River Basin is not only the cradle of American democracy, it is our region's economic engine. Yet for the past few years, political battles have defined it, and nowhere is this chasm more evident than in recent deliberations of the Delaware River Basin Commission.

  • Fri Dec 12, 2014

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    Rain Barrel Workshops in Philadelphia / Storm Water

    The Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are providing rain barrels to residents of Philadelphia’s watersheds free of charge, in order to reduce stormwater flows to our sewer system and creeks.

  • Wed Dec 10, 2014

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    Judge says Tredyffrin violated Clean Streams law / Pathogens / Compliance

    About two months after a letter of intent to sue Tredyffrin Township and its municipal authority from two environmental groups, the state DEP obtained judicial approval of a plan to repair and replace a leaky pipeline.

  • Wed Dec 10, 2014

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    Sen. Casey: Defense bill would extend protection of Rivers of Steel, other Pa. national heritage areas / General

    The National Defense Authorization Act has passed in the House, and Casey said it likely will pass in the Senate this week. Casey, D-Scranton, said it contains language to protect four Pennsylvania national heritage areas through 2021: Rivers of Steel, Lackawanna Heritage Valley and Schuylkill River Valley areas and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

  • Mon Dec 8, 2014

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    Water quality, habitat focus of new agreement / General

    Federal, state and regional officials renewed an agreement Friday afternoon that pushes ahead with a comprehensive cleanup of the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

  • Mon Dec 8, 2014

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    Summit's message: Pipeline key in shale-energy revolution / General

    Unless Philadelphia builds a robust connection to Pennsylvania's gas fields, the region is at risk of being bypassed by the Marcellus Shale energy revolution, a gathering of business and public officials heard Friday.

  • Fri Dec 5, 2014

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    Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk featured in Nike commercial! / General

    LeSean McCoy let's you go for a run with him as he shows you what it means to #DareToAir in the Nike Air Max 2015

  • Fri Dec 5, 2014

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    Deal fixes pipe that spewed waste in Valley Forge National Historical Park / General

    Deal fixes pipe that spewed waste in Valley Forge National Historical Park

  • Thu Dec 4, 2014

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    SAN's Winter Newsletter Now Available! / General

    SAN Connections - Winter 2014

  • Tue Dec 2, 2014

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    DEP to Hold Webinar to Discuss the Implementation of Act 162 Dec 17th / Storm Water

    On Oct. 23, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed H.B. 1565 into law, creating Act 162. The act changes what projects are subject to the mandatory riparian buffer requirements in Chapter 102. The webinar will provide an overview of DEP’s proposed implementation of the act, including buffer equivalency demonstrations and offsetting guidance.

  • Mon Dec 1, 2014

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    What's at stake if Philly becomes an energy hub? / General

    The view to the north from the Schuylkill River Bridge on I-95 isn't easy on the eyes. A vast tangle of smokestacks, oil-storage tanks and pipes operated by Philadelphia Energy Solutions' South Philadelphia refinery dominate the view, presenting an intensely industrial landscape to visitors heading toward Center City. There may be a lot more of that to come if the Philadelphia region's energy industry succeeds in building out its proposed "energy hub," a complex of pipelines, refineries, petrochemical plants, factories and connecting infrastructure that would take natural gas and associated liquids from Pennsylvania's massive Marcellus Shale and turn them into fuels and feedstocks for industrial use throughout the country and the world.

  • Mon Dec 1, 2014

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    Regulatory Commission approves merger of Excelon, Pepco Holdings Inc. / General

    Exelon owns and operates Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta and Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Middletown in Dauphin County.

  • Tue Nov 25, 2014

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    Stream buffer bill threatens local waterways / Storm Water

    State Sen. Andy Dinniman expressed disappointment in the Senate’s passage of legislation Tuesday that he said threatens local streams and waterways. He urged House members to vote down the bill. House Bill 1565 would remove the requirement that developers leave a 150-foot riparian buffer zones between new developments along streams designated as “exceptional value” or “high quality.” The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton.

  • Mon Nov 24, 2014

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    Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast / General

    Controversial Marcellus Shale Gas Pipeline Threatens Delaware River Basin and Rural Communities in the Northeast

  • Mon Nov 24, 2014

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    Casey tells Obama administration: climate plan an unfair burden for Pa. / General

    Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey says the Obama administration’s plan to tackle climate change by cutting carbon emissions from power plants would place an unfair burden on Pennsylvania. The overall goal is to cut emissions by 30 percent nationwide by the year 2030. States will be directed to craft plans to meet their own specific targets.

  • Mon Nov 24, 2014

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    Sen. Dinniman expresses disappointment in stream buffer bill / General

    State Sen. Andy Dinniman expressed disappointment in the Senate’s passage of legislation Tuesday that he said threatens local streams and waterways. He urged House members to vote down the bill. House Bill 1565 would remove the requirement that developers leave a 150-foot riparian buffer zones between new developments along streams designated as “exceptional value” or “high quality.” The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton.

  • Mon Nov 24, 2014

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    Stanley's Hardware named Stormwater Pioneer / General

    The Jaconski Family have always been role models here in Our Town, now that model is going city-wide. Stanley’s True Value Hardware was honored as the city’s first Stormwater Pioneer by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). A plaque-unveiling ceremony was held on a crisp afternoon on Nov. 20 outside the store, located at 5555 Ridge Ave.

  • Sat Nov 22, 2014

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    Hills of the Wissahickon Watershed Tour - 11/22/14 @ 9:00-11:00 AM / General

    Join local “Rocks Burrow” resident and Fairmount Water Works environmental educator Sandy Sorlien as we tromp the wooded valley of the Wissahickon and Monoshone Creeks. We’ll learn the history, engineering, and ecology of several special sites. First we’ll walk downhill through the forest overlooking Forbidden Drive along with “Wiss”. A short walk up the Monoshone brings us to Rittenhouse Town, where the creek, also known as Paper Mill Run, provided water power in the 18th and 19th centuries to run the first paper mill in British North America Then and today, the Monoshone has collected stormwater runoff from the steep hills on both sides. Today we can see the contrast of wooded Fairmount Park on one side of Lincoln Drive and urban conditions on the other. We will cross the creek to Saylor Grove, a 3.2 acre park where more than half is a manmade wetland created by the Philadelphia Water Department to help manage stormwater runoff. This is a beautiful site with a diversity of plants and wildlife, including seasonal butterflies and waterfowl.

  • Tue Dec 2, 2014

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    Gas Forum - Impacts of the PennEast Pipeline / General

    The public is invited to attend Gas Drilling Forum IV- PennEast Pipeline Impacts, an educational forum sponsored by the Gallows Run Watershed Association. The forum is scheduled for December 2, from 7:30-9:30pm at the Palisades High School, 35 Church Hill Road in Kintnersville, PA. Speakers, listed below, will address the potential impacts on our communities and environment of the proposed PennEast pipeline and other infrastructure for the export of Marcellus shale gas. A question and answer session will follow. Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, PennEast Pipeline ‹ Cumulative and Environmental Impacts, and Strategic Arguments for Challenging Lynda Farrell, Pipeline Safety Coalition ­ Pipeline Regulation and Landowner Rights Sam Koplinka-Loehr, Clean Air Council, Taking Action to Reach Community Goals and Protect Public Health Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, What You Can Do to Fight the Pipeline For more information, please see the Gallows Run Watershed Association web site grwabucks.org

  • Thu Nov 20, 2014

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    The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Makes Philadelphia Better / General

    Morning Headlines: The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Makes Philadelphia Better Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/11/20/philadelphia-schuylkill-banks-boardwalk/#bbTHBZ8kGYlEjab5.99

  • Wed Nov 19, 2014

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    16 companies vie for vacant Navy Yard site / General

    Sixteen companies have expressed interest in all or part of about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. They include energy companies, marine terminal operators, auto processors, and multipurpose terminal operators with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River.

  • Wed Nov 19, 2014

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    Delaware River Basin Commission to review proposed PennEast Pipeline / General

    A stalemate over regulations at the Delaware River Basin Commission has prevented natural gas development in the watershed since 2010. But the multi-state commission will now play a role in whether a new Marcellus Shale gas pipeline can move forward. The proposed PennEast pipeline would cut under the Delaware River at Riegelsville, Bucks County to bring natural gas from the Pennsylvania to heat homes and supply power plants in New Jersey.

  • Tue Nov 18, 2014

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    DamNation Film Screening at Alvernia Univ. / General

    Please join us for a FREE community screening of the powerful film DamNation. The film examines on a national level the environmental impact of dams and the controversy that often surrounds the removal of obsolete dams. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is sponsoring this film, in partnership with Alvernia University, as part of its 2014 River of the Year Lecture Series, in recognition of the river as Pennsylvania's River of the Year.

  • Tue Nov 18, 2014

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    Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Jan. 25-28 In New Jersey / General

    Hold the date for the 10-year anniversary of the Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit on January 25-28, 2015. This is THE BIG EVENT in the Delaware Estuary bringing together scientists, outreach specialists, and resource managers for 3 exciting days of presentations and networking events. The Summit averages over 300 attendees, and it is the best way learn, share information, and meet partners to drive your work forward in the Delaware Estuary.

  • Mon Nov 17, 2014

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    2014 River of the Year: A Look Back / General

    The Schuylkill River's days as Pennsylvania's reigning River of the Year are fast coming to an end. We enjoyed having the Schuylkill in the limelight. Ever since our favorite waterway was named the state's top river, following a public vote last December, we did all we could to promote and celebrate that honor. Here are a few of the ways we celebrated:

  • Mon Nov 17, 2014

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    Montgomery County Community College honored for ‘Environmental Impact’ in Pottstown / General

    Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) earned the 2014 Environmental Impact Award for its “green” approach to business during the Tri County Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development luncheon last month.

  • Sun Nov 16, 2014

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    Dinniman suggests using the state constitution against pipeline projects / General

    State Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman Friday suggested local communities use the state constitution as a tool to force their voices be heard to regulate the Sunoco pipeline project through Chester County.

  • Sat Nov 15, 2014

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    Could Philadelphia be the next Houston? The oil industry hopes so / General

    Philadelphia’s City Council will hold hearings this month to explore opportunities to help establish the city as an energy hub — a boon for an increasingly influential coalition of public and private players who want to transform it into the Houston of the Northeast.

  • Fri Nov 14, 2014

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    City Council, PUC debate future of Philadelphia’s gas works / General

    Two days of hearings before Philadelphia City Council on the city’s energy future included talk of public-private partnerships and environmental stewardship. Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Nutter took his case for selling Philadelphia’s natural gas utility to a more sympathetic audience.

  • Fri Nov 14, 2014

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    Green City, Clean Waters looking at Newbold site / Storm Water

    The Philadelphia Water Department is looking at Guerin Recreation Center and depaving to create green space.

  • Wed Nov 12, 2014

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    Berks County Industrial Development Authority approves 3 studies of site at Reading Regional Airport / General

    Berks County Industrial Development Authority approves 3 studies of site at Reading Regional Airport

  • Fri Nov 7, 2014

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    Disputing Accounts Over Cause of Schuylkill River Sheen in Philadelphia / Storm Water

    What caused that colorful oily sheen floating on the Schuylkill River Wednesday? The U.S. Coast Guard claimed it was caused by runoff from a water main break along 28th Street in the Grays Ferry section of the city. The Philadelphia Water Department, however, disputed that claim.

  • Fri Nov 7, 2014

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    2014 SAN Ag Projects Updates - NOW AVAILABLE / Agricultural

    Project Description and Pictures: Earl Martin Farm, Zimmerman Farm, Rice Farm, and Havens Farm

  • Thu Nov 6, 2014

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    Planned Sunoco pipeline will quadruple gas liquids traffic / General

    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced Thursday, November 6, that it will build an enormous, $2.5 billion pipeline project that will quadruple the volume of Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids moving through the Philadelphia area.

  • Thu Nov 6, 2014

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    City, Feds Investigate Oily Sheen Floating Down Schuylkill River / Storm Water

    What was the oily sheen floating down the Schuylkill River Wednesday, November 5th?

  • Thu Nov 6, 2014

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    'RIVERS' celebrates course of Schuylkill, Delaware in shaping Philly / General

    This weekend, a musical composition about the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers will premiere in Philadelphia, evoking both the movement of their currents, and their economic ebb and flow.

  • Tue Nov 11, 2014

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    November 11th Short Film Premier in Ambler - A Healthy Wissahickon / Storm Water

    From Stormwater PA

  • Wed Nov 5, 2014

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    Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships (Berks County) / Agricultural

    The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long. The invasive pest poses a threat to fruit orchards and grape vines, along with forests and the timber industry. It was detected in Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia.

  • Tue Nov 4, 2014

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    Protected shortnose sturgeon found in Schuylkill / General

    The catch last summer just below the Fairmount Dam was a shortnose sturgeon, on the endangered list since 1967. Although they are known to live in the Delaware River, no historic records indicate shortnose sturgeon in the Schuylkill. And in 14 years of fish sampling below the dam, aquatic biologists with the Philadelphia Water Department have never seen one.

  • Tue Nov 4, 2014

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    Zwikl stepping down as director of Schuylkill Heritage Area / General

    Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt D. Zwikl has announced that he will retire, effective June 30, 2015.

  • Fri Oct 31, 2014

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    Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites / General

    Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous" cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites.

  • Fri Oct 31, 2014

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    PA DEP Stormwater Management Design Training Announcement / Storm Water

    November 13th - Harrisburg

  • Thu Oct 30, 2014

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    New designated Gateway Centers in Schuylkill County / Education and Outreach

    The Walk-In Art Center and the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau are now designated as Gateway Centers in Schuylkill County.

  • Thu Oct 30, 2014

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    Schuylkill Headwaters Association establishes 2 awards, honors members / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Two founding members of the Schuylkill Headwaters Association, Dave Derbes and Paul Lohin, were honored Wednesday for their dedication to the river.

  • Thu Oct 23, 2014

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    Pa. court blocks plan for international cargo airport in Schuylkill, Luzerne counties (Schuylkill River Headwaters) / General

    A Commonwealth Court ruling issued Thursday could ground a controversial proposal to build an international cargo airport in Schuylkill and Luzerne counties.

  • Thu Aug 14, 2014

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    New porous pavement material vote in Pottstown / Storm Water

    Discussed at the last stormwater workgroup meeting

  • Tue Aug 5, 2014

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    Manure Management Plan Writing Workshop 11-8-14 / Agricultural

    Free workshop for horse and small farm owners

  • Fri May 9, 2014

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    Cook-Wissahickon to Receive Award from Schuylkill Action Network / Storm Water

    Elementary School installed a meadow on their campus, which collects stormwater from the school’s building

  • Tue Apr 15, 2014

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    Registration is Now Open for all Registrants for the 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn / Education and Outreach

    http://www.regonline.com/16thschuylkillriversojourn.

  • Thu Mar 27, 2014

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    Schuylkill Scrubbers to Spruce Up Pa.’s ‘River of the Year’ / Storm Water

    An estimated 1,500 people will participate in the two-month Schuylkill Scrubby picking up litter near the Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania’s River of Year.

  • Mon Mar 24, 2014

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    When it rains it pours - stormwater problems for PA towns / Storm Water

    Talk of a stormwater utility forming in Pottstown

  • Wed Mar 19, 2014

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    Sewage Pipe Burst in Valley Forge Park Creek - Again / Storm Water

    5,000,000 Gallons of sewage spilled into creek making its' way to the Schuylkill and Delaware. Drinking water intakes are a concern.

  • Wed Mar 19, 2014

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    PA Audubon Backyard Stewardship Workshop May 3rd / Storm Water

    Any homeowner, gardener, teacher or land owner who is interested in improving landscapes and inviting birds can benefit from this workshop about restoring ecology to backyards and other properties.

  • Thu Jan 23, 2014

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    PASurface Mining Conservation and Reclamation , and Growing Greener Grant Awards Announced / General

    Governor Tom Corbett announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $20.65 million in watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts

  • Thu Jan 2, 2014

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    Pottstown Polar Plunge a Success / Storm Water

    "125 brave fools run into the frigid Schuylkill River."

  • Thu Jan 2, 2014

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    Port Indian Ski Freeze-an annual tradition / Storm Water

    Water skiing on the Schuylkill in January? Why not!

  • Thu Jan 2, 2014

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    Home on the Schuylkill, flooded 10 times, raised over 12 feet / Storm Water

    A $2.8 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant through the Severe Repetitive Loss Program has been used by West Norriton officials to acquire and demolish the home at 1 West Indian Lane and raise the Rickert home, said Township Manager Jason Bobst. The balance of the grant will be used to raise the home at 41 West Indian Lane in spring 2014.

  • Thu Nov 21, 2013

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    Wilson farm Park Vandal Caught / Storm Water

    SAN members involved with this tree planting told us about this destruction of their project. The vandal was caught-it will be interesting to see what he will be facing. At the very least, I would hope for many hours of community service...and the replanting of about $6,000 worth of trees!

  • Wed Nov 6, 2013

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    Join WHYY for a FREE interactive discussion about the Delaware River Watershed. / Storm Water

    DATE:Thursday, November 14 TIME:7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

  • Thu Oct 24, 2013

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    Robeson Elementary kids know something about seeds and saplings / Agricultural

    Originally Published: 10/24/2013 Reading Eagle Robeson Elementary students know that protecting the local environment is no joke. So when the Berks Conservancy visited the Birdsboro-area school to plant trees and spread seeds with the kids, the children knew exactly why they were doing it.

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013

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    City Council moves on plan to fix aging sewer system / General

    The administration and City Council on Monday revved up the plan to fix the city's estimated 170 miles of sanitary sewer pipe, awarding an $847,747 contract to a firm just to oversee other contractors' investigations of what's wrong

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013

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    New Hanger ad features ‘Gasland’ residents / General

    This week in political ads, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger has released a new web video positioning himself as a tough regulator of drilling. Hanger served as DEP Secretary under Governor Ed Rendell at the start of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom.

  • Mon Oct 14, 2013

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    Reading charter school's outdoors program makes waves / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill River was choppy, but 17-year-old Gladys Romero was up for the challenge to paddle 4 miles in a kayak.

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013

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    Saturday marks the inaugural "Stormwater runoff' trail run / Storm Water

    In Lower Merion Township, the words “stormwater runoff” do not usually bring to mind a fun time. Sometimes, though, it is best to face a problem by building awareness and working on solutions in a creative way. And it certainly cannot hurt to keep a sense of humor.

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013

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    LACK OF FEDERAL FUNDS LEAVES REGIONAL WATER WATCHDOG HIGH AND DRY / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Some 15 million people count on Delaware River basin for potable water, but oversight commission can't afford to do critical testing

  • Thu Oct 10, 2013

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    Potential for heavy rain, flooding in Philadelphia region / General

    A rainy day is on tap for the Philadelphia region, with forecasters expecting periods of heavy showers and flooding, especially in areas along the South Jersey coast.

  • Thu Oct 10, 2013

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    Earth Friendly Farm / Agricultural

    Reading Eagle article

  • Wed Oct 9, 2013

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    Revival of Riverfest is cause for celebration / Education and Outreach

    POTTSTOWN — It’s baaaack. This Saturday will witness the revival of the popular Schuylkill River Festival, known as Riverfest, and with its revival has come an expansion, from Riverfront Park into the downtown Pottstown business district.

  • Wed Oct 9, 2013

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    Building an earth-friendly farm / Education and Outreach

    Years ago, Anthony Martin’s father installed fences along the stream that borders the family’s dairy farm, Tulpa Canal Farm, in Marion Township.

  • Wed Oct 9, 2013

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    Reports: Range Resource admits it doesn’t know makeup of fracking fluid / General

    EnergyWire reports a Pennsylvania judge has ordered a major drilling operator to disclose the full chemical composition of its fracking fluid.

  • Wed Oct 9, 2013

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    Penn Student Eco Reps Dig Deep for Apple Day of Service Project / Education and Outreach

    On a peerless fall Saturday, 32 of the University of Pennsylvania’s student Eco Reps took up rakes, shovels and shears to aide Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia

  • Tue Oct 8, 2013

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    PhillyDeals: Shutdown delays OK of energy deal / General

    Krishna Singh had hoped to know last week whether the federal Department of Energy had picked his company, Holtec International in Marlton, for federal financing to help build a new line of nuclear power plants.

  • Tue Oct 8, 2013

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    Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest to Promote River / Education and Outreach

    Only 3 weeks left to submit your photos for prizes!

  • Mon Oct 7, 2013

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    Schwenksville sewer plant spills 5,000 gallons into Perkiomen Creek / General

    SCHWENKSVILLE — As much as 5,000 gallons of sewage sludge spilled from the Schwenksville sewage treatment plant into the Perkiomen Creek two weeks ago, 21st Century Media has confirmed.

  • Mon Oct 7, 2013

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    Penn State students help rebuild stormwater systems in Philadelphia / Education and Outreach

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Wilson Lee, a junior in Penn State’s landscape architecture program, wiped the sweat and dirt from his brow under a hot October sun. Along a busy street in the heart of central Philadelphia, Lee joined a group of other Penn State students, staff and community volunteers to revamp two green infrastructure sites in the city he calls home.

  • Fri Oct 4, 2013

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    ‘Wonderful Wolves’ at Upper Schuylkill Valley Wildlife Center / General

    Upper Schuylkill Valley Park and Wildlife Center, located on Route 113 in Royersford across from Parkhouse (Montgomery County Geriatric Center) is presenting the program “Wonderful Wolves” on Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 p.m. in celebration of Wolf Awareness Week.

  • Thu Oct 3, 2013

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    William Penn Foundation Donates Another $5 Million For Waterfront Projects / General

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Delaware River Waterfront Commission will continue building public access infrastructure thanks to an injection of $5 million in funds from a local philanthropy.

  • Mon Sep 30, 2013

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    Green Infrastructure - Philly Leading by Example! / Storm Water

    New York City following Philly's lead in converting old playgrounds into stormwater sponges.

  • Mon Sep 30, 2013

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    Taxpayer- and industry-funded review of DEP praises its oil and gas regulations / General

    A review of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas regulations has given the agency high marks.

  • Sat Sep 28, 2013

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    Gingrich rallies shale gas industry faithful / General

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday praised shale gas developers for being "pioneers of the future" who must resist being held back by "prison guards of the past."

  • Thu Sep 26, 2013

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    Island memories run hot and cold for elected officials / General

    Two lawmakers represent cities that face each other across the Delaware River. Both Bristol and Burlington City enjoy scenic riverfronts that accommodate walkers, joggers, revelers and concertgoers. Fishermen cast lines from the riverbanks while ducks paddle along with the tide.

  • Mon Sep 23, 2013

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    Rutgers fish surveys show effects of climate change / General

    On a dark night in the middle of a wide marsh near Tuckerton, N.J., a team of Rutgers University researchers lowered a net over the railing of an old wooden bridge.

  • Mon Sep 23, 2013

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    Even without wells, fracking has big impact on Delaware River watershed / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Regardless of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s long delay in voting on rules for natural gas well hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — in the agency’s huge watershed, the industry is continuing to put down roots along the Delaware River and across the region.

  • Fri Sep 20, 2013

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    Ambler Environmental Action Committee installs rain gardens to drain flooding problems / General

    AMBLER — For most residents in Ambler, flooding can be a very real concern.

  • Wed Sep 18, 2013

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    Park along 'heroin highway' to get $3M facelift / General

    CAMDEN Come spring, the North Camden Little League will have a home-field advantage. A 13-acre park once known for bordering "heroin highway" on Sixth Street will get a much-needed facelift, thanks to county and New Jersey Department of Environmental

  • Wed Sep 18, 2013

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    After planting 100,000 trees in Philly, trying to do 200,000 more / Education and Outreach

    Philadelphia is a bit greener these days thanks to a city-led tree-planting push that's recently hit a major milestone. Since the start of the Nutter Administration, 100,000 trees have taken root in public parks and private yards. Volunteers have planted 25,000 of them.

  • Tue Sep 17, 2013

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    TerraCycle wins Green Innovator award / Education and Outreach

    Philly's recent Greenfest turned out to be a gorgeous day, attracting more than 15,000 people to Headhouse Square, where more than 100 businesses, organizations and other greenies had set up booths.

  • Mon Sep 16, 2013

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    Plan for Festival Pier on Philly's waterfront is likely to shrink / Education and Outreach

    The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will likely need to shrink the footprint of planned future development for the city-owned Festival Pier site at the foot of Spring Garden Street – a key component of the city's plan to revitalize the Central Delaware Waterfront.

  • Sat Sep 14, 2013

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    Delaware River Basin Commission head steps down / General

    Carol R. Collier, who for 15 years was the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, has announced that she will retire in March.

  • Fri Sep 13, 2013

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    Supervisors updated on park improvements / General

    Lower Alsace Township Supervisor Todd Weikel and Manager Terry Styer said a recently formed Parks and Recreation Study Committee has focused its pilot project on the development of a master plan for Carsonia Park.

  • Fri Sep 13, 2013

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    Shale criminal charges stun drilling industry / General

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to prosecute a major Marcellus Shale natural-gas driller for a 2010 wastewater spill has sent shock waves through the industry.

  • Fri Sep 13, 2013

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    'Rivers On Rolaids': How Acid Rain Is Changing Waterways / General

    Something peculiar is happening to rivers and streams in large parts of the United States — the water's chemistry is changing. Scientists have found dozens of waterways that are becoming more alkaline. Alkaline is the opposite of acidic — think baking soda or Rolaids.

  • Thu Sep 12, 2013

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    Pa. fracking boom goes bust / General

    IT WAS JUST a couple of years ago that fracking was booming in upstate Pennsylvania's Bradford County, and Janet Geiger, a retired hospital worker living on a 10-acre spread near the New York border, could count on getting a $300 to $400 check every month from the gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp., which was drilling under her land.

  • Tue Sep 10, 2013

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    Marcellus Shale Industry Lobbies For New Endangered Species Laws / General

    Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry is throwing its support behind new proposed legislation that would change the way creatures are added to the state’s endangered species list.

  • Tue Sep 10, 2013

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    Pennsylvania's climate change future: Read the missing report / General

    A pair of legally mandated reports outlining how climate change will affect Pennsylvania are currently a year overdue. The state's Climate Change Act required the publication of both reports in 2009, followed by an update every three years.

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013

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    Farming for oysters on the Delaware Bay / General

    Marc Zitter enjoyed a special plate of oysters at the Washington Inn in Cape May last weekend. They were his, grown on the tidal flats of the lower Delaware Bay and among the first he has sold to restaurants since leaving his job as a heavy-equipment operator 18 months ago to become an oyster farmer.

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013

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    Camden waterfront eyed for World Trade Center / General

    The development firm that hoped to build a World Trade Center in Philadelphia is now looking at erecting it on the former prison site on Camden's waterfront.

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013

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    U.K. Study: Shale Gas Won’t Hurt Climate Change Targets / General

    A government report released today by the United Kingdom finds shale gas extraction won’t adversely affect efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013

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    Delaware River Heritage Trail begins in Bordentown City / General

    BORDENTOWN CITY — The town adored by history buffs and foodies has another following in walkers and bicyclists. City and county officials gathered Sunday at the waterfront to celebrate the 2.8-mile walkway stretching from the city to Fieldsboro, the county's first leg of the Delaware River Heritage Trail.

  • Sat Sep 7, 2013

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    Pennsylvania Coast Day Chosen As Opening Act Of WHYY Connections Festival Sept. 7 / Education and Outreach

    Pennsylvania Coast Day will mark the beginning of the WHYY Connections Festival on September 7, from noon to 5 p.m., outside the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

  • Fri Sep 6, 2013

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    Anticipated Audit Of PA DEP May Show Trouble In The Water / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Pennsylvania’s Auditor General doesn’t have an official report yet. But in an interview with the Scranton Times-Tribune’s editorial board this week, Eugene DePasquale suggested that there may be flaws with how the Department of Environmental Protection is handling water pollution issues related to natural gas drilling.

  • Fri Sep 6, 2013

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    Landing's got late-season fun / Education and Outreach

    Coast Day and Connections Festival Summer might be unofficially over, but there's still celebrations on Penn's Landing. Boat buffs big and small oughta attend Coast Day tomorrow at the marina, where ferry, swan boat and kayak rides, plus fire- and tugboat tours, are free.

  • Thu Sep 5, 2013

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    Perkiomen Watershed hosts tree-planting event; volunteer opportunities available / Watershed Land Collaborative

    The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will be planting 250 native trees and shrubs along the stream in Lower Salford’s Briarwyck Park on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Volunteers from SEI Investments, Merck and the community will be participating in an honorary day of service that will benefit water quality and the park’s wildlife.

  • Tue Oct 29, 2013

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    The last blast of the summer season / Education and Outreach

    The kids are back in school, but there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy over the weekend. You can attend Family Fun Day at Rancocas Valley Baptist Church, 15 Valley Farm Road, Westampton on Saturday. Held from noon to 4 p.m., the event will feature a number of kid-friendly activities, including games, free food, entertainment, face painting, a balloon bounce and puppet show.

  • Thu Sep 5, 2013

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    Business news in brief / Storm Water

    The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia has launched a new initiative to help find opportunities for local businesses in storm water management. Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners (GSI) was triggered by the Philadelphia Water Department's $2.4 billion, 25-year Green Cities Clean Waters storm-water-management project. GSI will have quarterly meetings, networking opportunities, educational workshops, and working committees, as well as training and continuing education options for companies. More details are at www.sbnphiladelphia.org. - Diane Mastrull

  • Wed Sep 4, 2013

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    Democratic Frontrunner for Governor Proposes Severance Tax On Shale Gas / General

    Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz announced Wednesday that as governor, she would impose a 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale production

  • Wed Sep 4, 2013

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    Schuylkill Headwaters worker receives $10K grant through fellowship program / Storm Water

    Students living in the watershed from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia will soon have a program that will teach them about environmental impacts on the headwaters of the Schuylkill River. Sierra Gladfelter, New Ringgold, outreach coordinator for Schuylkill Headwaters Association, received a $10,000 grant through the Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program.

  • Tue Sep 3, 2013

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    Ahoy! Seaport Museum Celebrates Coast Day This Saturday / Education and Outreach

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This Saturday (the 7th) is Coast Day in Philadelphia and the Independence Seaport Museum has some noteworthy nautical events.

  • Fri Aug 30, 2013

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    Bridge and roof repairs subject of park grant requests / General

    Several of the eight municipalities that are joined together in regional planning efforts have begun to apply for a set of “mini-grants” available to them to improve recreational facilities.

  • Thu Aug 29, 2013

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    Feds: Virus likely cause of dolphin deaths / General

    As the number of dolphin strandings along the East Coast mounts, federal fishery officials said Tuesday the "tentative cause" of the deaths was a virus that has caused large die-offs of dolphins in the past.

  • Wed Aug 28, 2013

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    Overgrown: How a wet summer has fueled the war on weeds / General

    An abundance of rain has fueled rapid growth of noxious weeds across the region.

  • Mon Aug 26, 2013

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    Health Project Finds Air Pollution Could Pose More Threat Than Water Contamination / Water Suppliers

    A nonprofit health project examining the long-term impacts of natural gas drilling in Washington County has released preliminary findings that shows air pollution may be more damaging than water pollution, according to the Associated Press.

  • Sun Aug 25, 2013

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    Berks Climate Action hosts inaugural event at Reading church / Education and Outreach

    Harlan Kutscher marveled at Canada's Athabasca Glacier when he saw it as a college student, but when he revisited the site 40 years later with his family, the ice chunk had shrunk dramatically.

  • Sun Aug 25, 2013

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    Berks Climate Action hosts inaugural event at Reading church / General

    Harlan Kutscher marveled at Canada's Athabasca Glacier when he saw it as a college student, but when he revisited the site 40 years later with his family, the ice chunk had shrunk dramatically.

  • Sat Aug 24, 2013

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    Questions on potential of PGW plant to export gas / Agricultural

    A Philadelphia Gas Works consultant said it "may be feasible" to convert the city-owned utility's Port Richmond liquefied natural gas plant to export Marcellus Shale gas by sea.

  • Fri Aug 23, 2013

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    Obama Stays On Message As Protestors Attempt To Force Fracking Issue / General

    Fracking did not make its way into President Obama’s remarks on a stop in Scranton, Pa. Friday, despite drilling opponents’ attempts to force the issue.

  • Thu Aug 22, 2013

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    Aging stormwater systems a challenge for Schuylkill County communities / Storm Water

    The Norwegian Creek Tunnel under downtown Pottsville is dotted with debris. There may even be evidence of decay.

  • Wed Aug 21, 2013

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    Black and White and Green All Over: Sandy Bauers covers the sustainability beat for The Philadelphia Inquirer / General

    I love bird stories,” says Sandy Bauers, who writes the bi-weekly GreenSpace column in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She also loves stories about rivers, wildlife and trees. Always has. In addition to exploring environmental health issues, from the science of cancer clusters to mercury in tuna, Bauers practices the conservation and self-sufficiency she writes about, living on a three-acre property in Chester County, spending time outside every day. “Just noticing the beauty of our world,” and tending to her vegetable garden, Bauers is reminded daily “how much effort it takes — and sometimes just how futile it is — to try to coax or control nature.”

  • Wed Aug 21, 2013

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    Do No Harm: Putting Health First in Climate & Energy Issues / Education and Outreach

    We invite you to attend our educational event, "First, Do No Harm: Putting Health First in Climate & Energy Issues," on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center in Philadelphia, just steps from the Museum of Art and right on the Schuylkill River. The program includes a wine and beer reception, film excerpts and expert panel discussion. A dessert reception will follow. Our expert panel features: Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH, PSR Board member, who will lead a short discussion on the links between climate change and hydro fracturing. Lenore Resick, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, clinical professor and endowed chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, will address the health impacts from fracking and present case studies of impacted residents. Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, PSR Board President, will give a legislative update, including the status of Act 13 (Doctor’s Gag Rule). Iris Marie Bloom, MAPP, of Protecting Our Waters, will offer opportunities for action. As health professionals and public health advocates, we are all looking at ways to heighten awareness about the health impacts from fracking and climate. We look forward to working with you so that together, we can effect the change we want to see. Please register at PSRphila.org (click on upcoming events). Please feel free to post/share/forward to health and medical communities, public health advocates and others interested in learning more about PSR.

  • Tue Aug 20, 2013

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    PA Audubon: "No concerns" about downlisting bald eagle / Education and Outreach

    Last week, I wrote about the Pennsylvania Game Commission's plans to downlist the bald eagle. New Jersey may take similar steps, beginning its process next year.

  • Mon Aug 19, 2013

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    Change in designating endangered species sought in Pa. / General

    Twin proposals in the House and Senate would make Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission send endangered species proposals through another agency -- as well as panels made up of lawmakers -- for review

  • Mon Aug 19, 2013

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    Marcellus Shale Gas Production Numbers Surge / General

    Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale produced over 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first half of 2013, according to new data released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Sun Aug 18, 2013

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    Tacony Creek: A plastic bag mess / Education and Outreach

    About a year ago, Philadelphia resident Kelly O’Day took a tour of the Tacony Creek Park. He’d been a resident of Philadelphia most of his life, but he’d never been there. He thought it would be a beautiful nature spot.

  • Sun Aug 18, 2013

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    Henry Hudson claims the Delaware River for the Dutch / Education and Outreach

    Great cities have great rivers, and the city of Philadelphia has two of the finest and most historic rivers in the United States: the Delaware and the Schuylkill.

  • Fri Aug 16, 2013

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    Chesco announces $2.75M in grants / General

    WEST CHESTER – Street lighting improvements in Modena. A refurbished drinking water storage tank in Downingtown. Recycling system upgrades in West Chester.

  • Fri Aug 16, 2013

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    His mission is to provide guided kayak tours on the Schuylkill / Education and Outreach

    J ASON MIFFLIN, 38, of Roxborough, owns Hidden River Outfitters, which provides guided kayak tours on the Schuylkill on Thursday evenings and weekends from May to October. Prices range from $40 per person for basic kayak tours to $75 for advanced tours. The company also offers paddleboard lessons at Penn's Landing for $50.

  • Thu Aug 15, 2013

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    Out of the ashes of the Phoenixville Foundry, a town is revitalized / General

    The exterior of the Phoenixville Foundry, which serves as a conference and event space within the restored walls of the 1882 Phoenix Iron and Steel Co. building. The Phoenix of Egyptian and Greek mythology was a magnificent bird that was reborn from its own ashes.

  • Mon Aug 12, 2013

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    Townships balk at sewer contracts with Reading / General

    Deadlines have passed, the door is closing and Reading still doesn't have new agreements with most of the municipalities that send sewage to the city treatment plant.

  • Mon Aug 12, 2013

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    Gas industry to Gov. Markell: "move forward" / General

    Last November, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell was putting on the brakes when it came to natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin.

  • Wed Aug 7, 2013

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    Greening initiative at Lea School gets boost from Water Department, PECO / Education and Outreach

    This summer the Philadelphia Water Department and PECO committed significant green (read: financial support) to the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools' (WPCNS) efforts to green the schoolyard at Henry C. Lea School.

  • Tue Aug 6, 2013

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    Council OKs timbering at borough watershed / General

    Boyertown Borough Council has agreed to move ahead with selective tree thinning and control of invasive plant species in the borough's watershed.

  • Fri Aug 2, 2013

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    All set for her swim across the Delaware Bay / General

    Shortly after dawn Saturday, Meghan Wren will smear herself with Vaseline and lanolin, wade into the Delaware Bay at Port Mahon, Del., and start swimming.

  • Thu Aug 1, 2013

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    EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is Now Available to the Public / Storm Water

    It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property.

  • Thu Aug 1, 2013

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    Dow Chemical takes firmer hold in Delaware Valley / General

    One of the nation's largest chemical companies is taking a firmer hold in the Delaware Valley. Dow Chemical Company has signed a long-term lease for a new research facility in Collegeville, Pa.

  • Thu Aug 1, 2013

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    Woman aims to be third person to swim across Delaware Bay, raise money for conservation / General

    Meghan Wren, founder and executive director of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, aims to be the third person to ever swim across the Delaware Bay on Aug. 3 to help raise money and awareness of the importance the bay has in all of our lives.

  • Wed Jul 31, 2013

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    Gag order imposed on two kids in Marcellus fracking case / General

    Two young children are forbidden from speaking about Marcellus Shale or fracking for the rest of their lives. The court action stems from a settlement in a high-profile Marcellus Shale lawsuit in western Pennsylvania

  • Mon Jul 29, 2013

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    With overlay in place, future of Central Delaware is in private hands / General

    With the adoption this spring of the Central Delaware Waterfront zoning overlay, the comprehensive visioning process begun six years ago is now as concrete as it’s going to get. Those who hope to see this underused waterfront turn into vibrant, publicly accessible space with well-designed buildings and an active mix of uses must trust the overlay--and the individuals who own the property.

  • Mon Jul 29, 2013

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    An update on the U.S. natural gas boom / General

    The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” process of drilling natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale has reportedly been getting a lot of foreign interest as a potential solution to global energy problems. In about five years the shale boom has changed the domestic energy economy, but there are reports the U.S. is considering exporting the gas beyond our shores. Meanwhile Governor Corbett has signed a bill into law allowing gas companies to combine, or ‘pool’ leases – many signed before the advent of fracking. We get an update on the local issues of Marcellus Shale drilling with State Impact Pennsylvania’s MARIE CUSICK and a broader look at natural gas extraction with ProPublica’s ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN.

  • Mon Jul 29, 2013

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    Ecobrews are a different kind of green beer / Education and Outreach

    The region's breweries have hit upon a new ingredient for their beers: environmental messaging.

  • Mon Jul 29, 2013

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    Galleries: At Art Alliance Lithuanians show sophisticated uses of fibers / Education and Outreach

    Under the Soviets, the work of Lithuania's textile makers was considered strictly decorative, traditional tapestries with limited, if any, narrative content. At home and in the studio, however, those same textile and fiber artists were often as experimental as any other artists.

  • Sun Jul 28, 2013

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    Why philanthropy can't save Philly / Education and Outreach

    To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway at the same time, philanthropists are very different from you and me. They have more money. They also have more power. Maybe it’s time to re-think where we’re going with this.

  • Sun Jul 28, 2013

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    Plan to put gas pipeline in Pinelands spurs ire / General

    A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline across 14 miles of the New Jersey Pinelands drew an angry crowd Friday to the Pinelands Commission's offices in Pemberton, where dozens of speakers urged commissioners to veto the plan.

  • Sat Jul 27, 2013

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    U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick co-sponsors bill to increase environmental education / Education and Outreach

    Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Bucks County is pushing a bill to expand environmental education programs from kindergarten through high school.

  • Sat Jul 27, 2013

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    Congressman Gerlach continues push for conservation tax break / General

    EAST NANTMEAL — The pending expiration of a federal tax incentive for land conservation has added a sense of urgency to efforts to make the incentive permanent.

  • Fri Jul 26, 2013

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    Final settlement in 2004 storm that toppled Burlco dams / General

    Nine years after a "1,000-year storm" struck Burlington County, destroying dams and causing massive flooding, a state Superior Court judge has approved the final settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by 217 affected families.

  • Fri Jul 26, 2013

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    NEPA Congressman Introduces Bill to Close Gas Loophole / General

    U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Lackawanna County, has introduced a bill to end an oil and gas exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which was passed back in 1976 establishes standards for proper disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA tracks industrial wastes from “cradle to grave.” But when it comes to the oil and gas industry, as long as the waste water is on the drill site, or in transit, it is not considered hazardous. This also applies to drilling mud.

  • Fri Jul 26, 2013

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    An early win for Nockamixon in ongoing gas drilling case / General

    Nockamixon has scored a preliminary victory in its ongoing fight against the state’s natural gas drilling law. On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling on one of the outstanding issues in the Act 13 case

  • Thu Jul 25, 2013

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    The Art and Science of Rain Barrels / Education and Outreach

    Here's another update from the Energy Coordinating Agency, this time bringing you more information than you thought you needed about rain barrels, courtesy of ECA's Matthew Wilk.

  • Thu Jul 25, 2013

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    $2M released for New Hanover water lines to replace polluted wells / General

    NEW HANOVER — The state has released the $2 million needed to pay for the extension of a Superior Water Co. line to provide water to roughly 30 properties whose wells have been found to be polluted with hazardous chemicals.

  • Thu Jul 25, 2013

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    Strong Farms, Clean Waters. Can Do / Agricultural

    By Kelly Shenk- The back of my car sports two bumper stickers. One says “Save the Bay,” the other “No Farms No Food.” When mentioning this to people, I often encounter a certain skepticism. While I think most folks want to believe these objectives are compatible, they aren’t convinced it’s possible to have both profitable agriculture and clean waters at the same time.

  • Thu Jul 25, 2013

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    Research team braves heat to collect samples from Manatawny River / Data Team

    WEST POTTSGROVE — Three people wading through the Manatawny Creek near the Glasgow Street Bridge on a recent morning were not trying to catch a break from the heat.

  • Wed Jul 24, 2013

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    Sewer System Failure in Port Richmond? / Water Suppliers

    Monday’s heavy rain soaked the region and caused flooding in several homes throughout the area. In the aftermath, some local residents are questioning whether the city’s sewer system has failed.

  • Tue Jul 23, 2013

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    Schuylkill River Trail named among America's best city bike paths / General

    The Philly bike scene is getting big props! Coming in at No. 12, the Schuylkill River Trail was named among the 19 best city bike paths in the country by The Active Times, a list that was re-published by USA Today.

  • Tue Jul 23, 2013

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    Schuylkill Action Network holding 2nd Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest / Education and Outreach

    Calling nature photographers of all ages and abilities. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of groups working together to clean up the Schuylkill River, the Schuylkill Action Network is holding its second annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest and is accepting entries through Oct. 30.

  • Mon Jul 22, 2013

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    New trail master plan ranks proposals by priority / General

    Philadelphia has prioritized the 75 trails proposed within its city limits – a decision that could impact which projects receive state, federal or foundation grant money and city capital dollars.

  • Mon Jul 22, 2013

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    Barrels of fun: It's all about rain water / Education and Outreach

    I’d always figured that since I live on a large piece of property and have a private well with ample water, I didn't really need a rain barrel to catch water.

  • Mon Jul 22, 2013

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    Research team braves heat to collect samples from Manatawny River / Education and Outreach

    David Keller and Jillian Adair from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University work in the Manatawny Creek near the Glasgow Street bridge in West Pottsgrove doing a study on water quality, changes in insect life and algae in the creek. They are finding ways to improve stream quality, working together with local agencies and agriculture to continue to work on upgrading the quality of the watershed. Twenty-five percent of the Delaware basin is part of a long-term monitoring project.

  • Fri Jul 19, 2013

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    Records: A matter of degrees / General

    As we reported on inquirer.com (today's promo code is N38A), today is going to set a daily record for overnight warmth with a low temperature that reads more like a high -- 81.

  • Fri Jul 19, 2013

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    DOE STUDY: FRACKING CHEMICALS DIDN'T TAINT WATER / Education and Outreach

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

  • Thu Jul 18, 2013

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    Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy seeks nominations for environmental awards Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy to recognise local environmentalists / Education and Outreach

    The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is looking to recognize people and organizations devoted to supporting and protecting the local environment.

  • Thu Jul 18, 2013

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    Corbett Administration Ignoring Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Law / General

    Despite widespread scientific agreement about the risks of climate change, the issue has become highly politicized.

  • Thu Jul 18, 2013

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    Antietam Lake plans get pass from board / Education and Outreach

    The Alsace Township supervisors granted a waiver Wednesday for a land development plan to YSM Landscape Architects, York, and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department for improvements to the 643-acre Antietam Lake Park.

  • Thu Jul 18, 2013

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    Antietam Lake plans get pass from board / Education and Outreach

    The Alsace Township supervisors granted a waiver Wednesday for a land development plan to YSM Landscape Architects, York, and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department for improvements to the 643-acre Antietam Lake Park.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    2 companies pull out of Pa. natural gas leases / General

    The two major companies that had sought to drill for natural gas in northeastern Pennsylvania within the Delaware River Basin are pulling out, nixing $187.5 million in lease payments that landowners had hoped to get.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    Maybe ick factor will deter swimmers in city creeks / General

    AFTER TAKING a dip in Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek one afternoon last week, Trevor Broom chatted about what a nice respite from a hot summer day the pond can be.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    Tinicum eyes easement deal with port authority / General

    When the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority purchased the Marshall Island tract in the Delaware River off Tinicum, some local officials became concerned that the ownership change could affect the ability of residents and emergency vehicles to access the river in the area.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    More vacant property than can be filled in Lower North Philadelphia / General

    City planners have begun work on a blueprint for the future of Lower North Philadelphia – a collection of neighborhoods with so much vacant property, the district-level comprehensive plan won't try to fill it all.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    Limerick no stranger to TCE pollution / General

    LIMERICK — Wednesday night’s meeting was not the first time officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have visited the Limerick Township building to explain to worried residents how badly their wells are polluted.

  • Wed Jul 17, 2013

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    Source for Limerick well contamination still uncertain / General

    LIMERICK — A well sample on a chemically contaminated site on Ridge Pike showed pollution levels 832 times the government safe drinking water standard.

  • Tue Jul 16, 2013

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    Coatesville grapples with feral-cat epidemic / General

    At dusk, they appear: lounging on porches, sprawled across cars, picking through the weeds in abandoned lots in Coatesville. Residents call the situation "torture." City officials have been swamped with calls.

  • Tue Jul 16, 2013

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    Beware the rock snot! / General

    Now Pennsylvania wants fishermen and boaters to help combat an actual viscous villain, an invasive aquatic algae known as Didymosphenia geminata or "didymo."

  • Mon Jul 15, 2013

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    Schuylkill Action Network Seeks Photo Contest Entries / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network kicked off its second-annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest this week and will be accepting entries on Facebook through October 30.

  • Mon Jul 15, 2013

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    Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Industry Caused 365 Spills in 2012, But Few Fines Levied / General

    An investigation by EnergyWire shows how rare it is that drillers get fined for spills nationwide. In Pennsylvania, state regulators fined energy companies in just 13 percent of the cases where violations were issued for 2012.

  • Sun Jul 14, 2013

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    Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy offers age-wide summer programs / Education and Outreach

    Half of an adult human body is made up of water. Tie a string from this aqueous body to any of the oceans on earth, whose mass is nearly three-fourths water, and one might imagine it’d oscillate with empathy; “keep it clean, keep it clean,” it might sing.

  • Sun Jul 14, 2013

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    River Swim making a comeback - of sorts / Education and Outreach

    For nearly 90 years, starting in 1913, it was a Berks County rite of summer. The River Swim was as much a part of the season as fireworks on the Fourth and picnic leftovers on the fifth.

  • Sun Jul 14, 2013

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    Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy offers age-wide summer programs / Education and Outreach

    Half of an adult human body is made up of water. Tie a string from this aqueous body to any of the oceans on earth, whose mass is nearly three-fourths water, and one might imagine it’d oscillate with empathy; “keep it clean, keep it clean,” it might sing.

  • Sat Jul 13, 2013

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    Budget, taxes, open space funding at issue in Burlco / General

    In an election year when control of the Burlington County freeholder board is at stake, the political bantering has begun - and the issues are the budget, taxes, and open space funding.

  • Fri Jul 12, 2013

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    Pressure mounts on Delaware River panel over gas drilling / General

    Proponents and opponents of natural gas drilling - six in all - have recently written appeals to the Delaware River Basin Commission, increasing pressure on the agency that three years ago instituted a moratorium on natural gas development in the basin.

  • Fri Jul 12, 2013

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    DRBC Responds to Pro-Drilling Critics / General

    The Delaware River Basin Commission isn’t getting much love these days. In just the past couple of weeks, the Commission’s executive director Carol Collier has gotten critical letters from Sen. Pat Toomey, Gov. Tom Corbett, the Wayne County Commissioners, and a group of leaseholders called the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance. Each of the letters express frustration with the Commission’s lack of movement on implementing new gas drilling regulations, and urged lifting their de facto moratorium.

  • Fri Jul 12, 2013

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    Wastewater Wells, Geothermal Power Linked to Increased Earthquakes / General

    New research published this week in the journal Science finds an increase in small earthquakes may be related to industrial wastewater being pumped into underground storage wells.

  • Thu Jul 11, 2013

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    Dirt Factory grows in West Philly / Education and Outreach

    Philly, the city that has a hard enough time getting people to put their trash in trash cans and not in storm drains, might not be ready for required composting quite yet. But one organization, University City District (UCD), is making moves to increase composting in its neighborhood, and because University City is in many ways a microcosm of the city, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to learn from its efforts. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/green/Dirt_Factory_grows_in_West_Philly.html#MP6SO7qLtyWJjwTt.99

  • Wed Jul 10, 2013

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    Quebec Rail Accident Carried Same Crude that Travels to Philly Refineries / General

    The press conference back in September 2012 had all the festivities of a street party. Republican and Democrats stood side-by-side on the stage smiling. Energy executives sweated in their dark suits. And refinery workers in blue jumpsuits cheered.

  • Wed Jul 10, 2013

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    Rain Barrels Plus Paint Equal Art . . . / Education and Outreach

    So here’s proof that you can dress up almost anything and create a work of yard art. EPA’s Region 3 Public Information Center at 1650 Arch St. in Philadelphia is hosting a new exhibit: “The Art and Science of Rain Barrels” through September 20.

  • Wed Jul 10, 2013

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    Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest to Promote River / Education and Outreach

    To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of groups working together to clean up the Schuylkill River, the Schuylkill Action Network is again hosting its Schuylkill Shots photo contest.

  • Wed Jul 10, 2013

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    Schuylkill River Contest Seeks Photo Entries / Education and Outreach

    On July 1, the Schuylkill Action Network kicked off its second-annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest and will be accepting entries on Facebook through October

  • Tue Jul 9, 2013

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    Lower Makefield breaking ground in mandating native plants / Agricultural

    Jim Bray often jokes that when his parents retired to Florida, their idea of a great landscape was green asphalt. But here he is, at 72, a retiree himself, earning a reputation as a native-plant pioneer in tiny Lower Makefield Township and beyond.

  • Tue Jul 9, 2013

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    Schuylkill Shots photo contest seeks to promote river / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network is hosting its second annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest to raise awareness of the river. Sojourners make their way down the river, which runs through Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties toward Philadelphia and the Delaware River.

  • Tue Jul 9, 2013

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    Schuylkill River Contest Seeks Photo Entries / Education and Outreach

    On July 1, the Schuylkill Action Network kicked off its second-annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest and will be accepting entries on Facebook through October. Last year over 6,000 people from Philadelphia to Pottsville voted on the final selection of winning photos from over 150 submitted. Winning photographers will receive prizes of gift cards ranging from $100 to $250 to REI, Amazon.com, or Calumet Photographic.

  • Mon Jul 8, 2013

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    Former Pa. environmental chief blasts Corbett's gas drilling oversight / Watershed Land Collaborative

    HARRISBURG — As Gov. Tom Corbett calls for lifting the moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, the state's former environmental protection chief is accusing Corbett of weakening the regulations needed to protect Pennsylvania's watersheds.

  • Mon Jul 8, 2013

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    Schuylkill River contest seeks photo entries / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) kicked off its second-annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest on July 1 and is asking for submissions from local photographers.

  • Sun Jul 7, 2013

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    Striped bass survey / General

    The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission assessed the striped bass spawning stock in the Delaware Estuary May 7-22.

  • Sat Jul 6, 2013

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    Changing Skyline: Bolstering school for the neighborhood / Education and Outreach

    It's not easy being a parent in Philadelphia. Every day, you hear more bad news about funding cuts for the beleaguered schools. But sending the kids to private school would be like taking on a second mortgage. Besides, you're already bracing for a whammy hit when the city's new property-tax system kicks in.

  • Fri Jun 28, 2013

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    Rain sets record / General

    The final official numbers aren't yet available, but evidentally June 2013 has become the wettest June on record in Philadelphia in 142 years of recordkeeping. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/weather/Rain-sets-record.html#yvQGLFUo7ybpTgxF.99

  • Wed Jun 26, 2013

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    New website helps gardeners secure vacant land / Agricultural

    In the past year, the St. Bernard Community Garden fought to save its land from sheriff’s sale. The Sloan Street Community Garden lost a similar battle and was forced to relocate, and urban gardeners and advocates rallied against Councilman Brian O’Neill’s proposed zoning amendments, which would have created potentially prohibitive bureaucratic processes for urban gardeners.

  • Wed Jun 26, 2013

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    Grants restore crabs' spawning grounds, balance of nature in South Jersey / Education and Outreach

    The race began shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck. How could about a mile of vital habitat be restored by early spring so the horseshoe crab spawn on Delaware Bay beaches would have a place to lay eggs?

  • Tue Jun 25, 2013

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    Philadelphia hoping to attract and keep best teachers with discount housing / Education and Outreach

    A Philadelphia developer wants to house dozens of young, energized teachers in the same building in Kensington. Despite how it sounds, it's not a new reality TV show. It's part of a plan to try to draw new teachers to the city and get them to stay.

  • Mon Jun 17, 2013

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    International experts on a wide-eyed Pinelands excursion / Agricultural

    His colleagues were swatting deer flies and chatting about the moss and microbes under their feet, but their English, soil ecologist Fung Hu of Nanjing, China, acknowledged, was proving difficult for him.

  • Mon Jun 17, 2013

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    NCCo Police unveil 24/7 prescription drug drop-box / Education and Outreach

    Outside of the Schuylkill Watershed but a great take back program in Delaware

  • Fri Jun 14, 2013

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    Study says Schuylkill Banks projects are an economic engine / General

    The Schuylkill Banks trail and greenway is more than just a pretty place to get some exercise, according to a recent economic study.

  • Thu May 30, 2013

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    Stormwater Events coming up! / Storm Water

    From the Chester County WRA:

  • Wed May 8, 2013

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    Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program - Survey Workshops in May! / Education and Outreach

    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is hosting 2 freshwater mussel workshops next month, one in PA and the other in DE. As a crucial part of our Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program, surveying local streams for the presence or absence of these elusive bivalves will help scientists determine which streams are in need of and suited for mussel restoration. With so many stream miles to cover, we have a need for trained adult "citizen scientists" to lead surveys in their local creeks and upload findings (or lack thereof) to our online data portal. As if all this isn't enough fun, there is always the potential thrill of finding a species of mussel thought to be long gone from our creeks - an ecological treasure hunt! Please share the attached PDF flier with your contacts. Thank you!

  • Tue Apr 23, 2013

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    Sustainable Business Network Breakfast Meeting April 23rd / Storm Water

    Business United for Conservation Industry Partnership Meeting: Training Funds

  • Thu Feb 14, 2013

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    Reading sewer main upgrade under way / Pathogens / Compliance

    2-foot wide pilings line 30-foot circle to begin tunnel under the Schuylkill River Pit boss John A. "Jack" Jones could barely be heard over the noise of the yellow rig drilling dozens of two-foot-wide holes 49 feet into the ground at the city's Sixth and Canal streets sewage pumping station. The holes, arranged around the perimeter of a 30-foot circle, were being filled with concrete to form buried columns, or piles, Jones said.

  • Wed Feb 13, 2013

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    American Rivers Publication - Permitting Green Infrastrcture / Storm Water

    American Rivers has just released a guide to permitting approaches that encourage or require “low impact development” or “green infrastructure." The guide combines model permit language with excerpts from comment letters that have helped to drive permit evolution, and is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates:

  • Wed Feb 13, 2013

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    Green Infrastructure Design Booklet from Infill Philadelphia / Storm Water

    40 designs from the 2012 "Soak It Up" exhibition (presented by Infill Philadelphia) have been published in an online booklet featuring the transformation of urban areas with green infrastructure. http://issuu.com/chrismphila/docs/soak_it_up_exhibition_issuu

  • Mon Jan 14, 2013

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    Craft Beer Scene Q&A: Matt Lindenmuth & Joe Percoco from Saucony Creek Brewing Company / General

    Bed, Bath & Beyond may have sparked a beer passion that contributes to this new craft venture but Saucony Brewing Company has developed much more depth since Founder, Matt Lindenmuth, and Head Brewer, Joe Percoco, joined forces. Their matching beer morals and ideas have created not just a unique product, but a one of a kind drinking experience for current fans and future customers to enjoy. Planting their roots in Kutztown, PA, a quaint place filled with supportive friends and family, there is still much to come from Saucony Creek, including local collaborations, specialty beers, sustainably focused operations and homestead brewing.

  • Mon Dec 17, 2012

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    Book Signing Dec. 19 for New Book About the Schuylkill River / Education and Outreach

    Author to Speak on New Book about the Mid-20th Century Cleanup of the Schuylkill River The Schuylkill was once one of the nation's dirtiest rivers. The newly published book, A River Again, tells the story of the cleanup that saved the river in the mid-twentieth century. Author Chari Towne will speak at a book signing scheduled for: Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lecture at 7:00, book signing to follow. Place: Schuylkill River Heritage Area 140 College Dr., Pottstown, PA 19464 Light refreshments will be served. RSVP: There is no charge for this event, but please let us know you are coming by calling 484-945-0200, or emailing Cindy Kott at ckott@schuylkillriver.org A limited supply of books will be available for purchase for $21.95. There will be no advance sales from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The book can also be purchased directly from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network by calling 215-369-1188. It is available as a free download on that website, as well. The Heritage Area's new River of Revolutions Interpretive Center will be open during this event. Become a Schuylkill River Heritage Area Member Today! Join or renew by December 31 and we will send you a free copy of our Fall 2012 Schuylkill River Trail Map! The popular full-color, accordion-style brochures were newly updated in November. Maps delineate the entire 130-mile trail, including planned, on-road and completed sections. The back of the brochure highlights trail towns and available amenities along the route. Join or renew today for as little as $25 and you will automatically be sent a map. Click here to donate or learn more. Schuylkill River Heritage Area 140 College Drive Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464 484-945-0200 www.schuylkillriver.org

  • Thu Nov 29, 2012

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    Documenting the underground: Philly's sewer historian / Pathogens / Compliance

    Nearly 3,000 miles of sewers wind underneath Philadelphia's streets. They make modern life possible in the homes and sky-scrapers above, but go largely unnoticed.

  • Thu Nov 29, 2012

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    Tilden mobile home park owner faces environmental charges / Pathogens / Compliance

    A Tilden Township mobile home park owner was charged Wednesday with illegally discharging untreated sewage into a Schuylkill River tributary and falsifying permit applications, the state Attorney General's office reported.

  • Thu Nov 22, 2012

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    When did 'dark mud' cover the city / Storm Water

    The recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy left sand strewn throughout towns along the New Jersey shore.

  • Tue Nov 20, 2012

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    Proposed bike trail would cross Schuylkill, access Bartram's Garden / General

    From the Schuylkill's west bank, Bartram's Garden offers evocative views of Philadelphia in all its glory and grit.

  • Mon Nov 19, 2012

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    Voting Now Open For Schuylkill Action Network Photo Contest / Education and Outreach

    The Schuylkill Action Network invited the public to vote for their favorite photos in the Schuylkill Shots Competition photo contest. Voting closes December 15.

  • Mon Nov 19, 2012

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    Short Film about the Schuylkill River Heritage Area to Air on National TV beginning Nov. 19 / Education and Outreach

    forwarded message: From: Matt Lindenmuth Date: November 15, 2012, 12:23:55 PM EST To: Tom Davidock Subject: Re: Some ideas for coasters Tom, attached is the Stonefly logo, new refreshed brewery logo, and a digital poster. All can be displayed tomorrow. Thanks! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Matt Lindenmuth Saucony Creek Brewing Co. 15032 Kutztown Road Kutztown, PA 19530 610. 683. 3128. phone 610. 683. 3194. fax e. matt@sauconycreekbrewing.com Statement of Confidentiality The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are confidential and are intended solely for addressee. The information may also be legally privileged. This transmission is sent in trust, for the sole purpose of delivery to the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, any use, reproduction or dissemination of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail or phone and delete this message and its attachments, if any.

  • Mon Nov 19, 2012

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    December 5th: Literature and Lecture with Alex Prud'homme / Education and Outreach

    Join the Fund for the Water Works Board and the Interpretive Center's Advisory Council as we welcome Alex Prud'homme, journalist and author of "The Ripple Effect," on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Hear about how the book came into being after Alex shared a bottle of French mineral water with Julia Child over lunch. Hear how he traveled from inside New York City's new Water Tunnel No. 3 to the disputed aquifers of Poland Springs, Maine, to the Dead Zone of the Chesapeake Bay, to the "water-energy nexus" in the oil and gas fields and more as research for his book. Some of themes addressed will include: • New types of water pollution, and their mitigation • The cost of failing infrastructure such as dams and levees • Debates over bottled water and water privatization • Climate change, population growth and changing diets Learn ways to reduce your ripples as Alex shares ten simple steps we can all take to improve water quality and quantity! Copies of "Ripple Effect" will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support our 2013 Schuylkill Soundings programming. The evening also includes a special screening of "Last Call at the Oasis," the 2011 documentary inspired by the book, directed by Jessica Yu, and featuring Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick and environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Tickets are $50. To register, please go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4807845395#. Your donation to the FWWIC is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information contact Karen Young, at karen.young@phila.gov, 215-685-0719, or Ursula Reed at ureed@earthlink.net, 215-287-4479. We are busy planning our new Book Club, where you'll be able to share books like "Ripple Effect" with other avid readers. Please email us your book suggestions at FWWICinfo@gmail.com.

  • Sat Nov 17, 2012

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    Stormwater system a shared responsibility / Storm Water

    Perry Township officials are planning to put together an inventory of drainage pipes to avoid confusion over who is responsible for their upkeep.

  • Wed Nov 14, 2012

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    Keeping storm water management green / Storm Water

    NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller, Joanne Dahme of the Philadelphia Water Department, and Tavis Dockwiller of Viridian Landscape, discuss Infill Philadelphia's Soakitup competition. The competition is designed to uncover innovative "green" storm water management practices.

  • Sun Nov 4, 2012

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    A post-Sandy look at how Philadelphia streets flood / Storm Water

    Hurricane Sandy is gone, and Philadelphia and its immediate suburbs suffered far less damage than we might have expected. If storms are living, breathing, ever-changing entities, then we were lucky with Sandy; she seemed to come upon us while catching her breath, not letting it all out in a foul-mouthed roar.

  • Tue Oct 2, 2012

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    White House interest in stormwater and green infrastructure funding / Storm Water

    The issue of clean water investment at the highest level of government.

  • Tue Sep 18, 2012

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    "Schuylkill Shots" Questions and Answers / Education and Outreach

    Frequently asked questions about the "Schuylkill Shots" Photo Contest

  • Tue Sep 11, 2012

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    Geo-Life Releases Stormwater Video on Quakertown Design Project / Storm Water

    This is an educational video about the process of restoring waterways in a community. As you know Geo-Life is a nonprofit that did a waterway restoration design for the Licking Run Creek in Quakertown, PA. This video outlines the process, that others may use, as a guideline to start their own restoration program. We included speakers from Schuylkill Action Network, Clean Water Action, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association as well as Geo-Life, Inc.

  • Tue Sep 11, 2012

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    Council votes 6-0 to adopt new rain barrel regulations for use in Reading neighborhoods / Storm Water

    How wonderful to see a local government helping its citizens to be better stewards of the watershed. The ordinance does not require people to buy rain barrels.

  • Wed Oct 24, 2012

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    Montgomery County Stormwater and Sustainable Open Space BMPs / Storm Water

    Bus Tour October 24, 2012 8 AM to 4 PM

  • Mon Oct 29, 2012

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    NLT's Conservation Landscape Summit / Storm Water

    October 29 - 30 in Harrisburg, PA

  • Thu Jul 12, 2012

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    Freshwater Mussel Article from Drexel Magazine / Storm Water

    Each mussel is a mini-water treatment plant, providing many ecosystem benefits.

  • Sat Apr 28, 2012

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    West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library event to focus on Revolutionary War period / General

    The Revolutionary War period is the focus of a presentation Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library, Woodside Avenue and Noble Street in West Lawn.

  • Sat Apr 28, 2012

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    Schuylkill River Cleanup Planned / Education and Outreach

    Last year, the Schuylkill Action Network organized 18 litter cleanups into one campaign called the Schuylkill Scrub. It is doing so again this year, from Sunday, April 1, through Thursday, May 31, across the Schuylkill Valley.

  • Sat Apr 28, 2012

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    New DEP administrator for area named / General

    A businessman and former chief of staff to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator has been named the new Southeast regional administrator of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Sat Apr 28, 2012

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    We’re organizing a Schuylkill Scrub cleanup, and we want your help / Education and Outreach

    OTTSTOWN — Have you driven by a point along the Schuylkill River lately that has left you shaking your head? Tires, garbage bags and other waste piling up on a bank at a certain bend have you peeved? Starting today, you can tell us about it and we may be able to help out. Between today and Friday, readers can go to The Mercury’s Facebook fan page , Twitter , or comment on this very story online with suggested cleanup spots.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Howling success? Philly gets a few more spokesdogs / Education and Outreach

    Both are the newest spokesdogs in the Philadelphia Water Department's campaign to get dogs to teach humans how to handle canine waste: pick it up and put it in the trash or the toilet. Don't leave it on the street to be washed by the next rainfall into area rivers, which are the city's water supply.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Lower Salford wants more numbers before shelling out money for mussel study / General

    Lower Salford Township officials say they need more information before deciding on whether it would be wise to shell out the as-yet-unknown costs of a proposal to have mussels put in a township creek to help with stream cleanup efforts.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Bern pipeline project nearing completion / Pathogens / Compliance

    Western Berks Water Authority officials expect the Bern Township water pipeline project will be completed by March 1.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Greenworks gets a thumbs-up from the city / Education and Outreach

    t had to be the feel-green event of the year. At the mid-point of the city‘s Greenworks plan -- three years after Mayor Nutter announced it, and three years before the 2015 goal of most of the initiatives -- officials gathered earlier today to retweak the plan laud their progress.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Upper Merion settles dispute over development of Valley Forge Golf Course / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Upper Merion Township supervisors have voted unanimously to approve a $13 million settlement of legal wrangling over the former Valley Forge Golf Course, the last undeveloped tract in King of Prussia.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    MCCC seeks students for free summer science program / Education and Outreach

    POTTSTOWN — Ever wonder what a scientist sees through the microscope lens in the laboratory or what actually lives in the water and soil around us?

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Heating oil spill at Perkiomen Golf Course / Pathogens / Compliance

    PERKIOMEN — The discovery of an empty heating oil tank prompted clean-up efforts at a local golf course Sunday.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    ATTARDO: It’s not so easy to go down by the river / General

    While society has a penchant for building highways and railroads along our waterways, in most cases public access is totally obliterated by impervious constructions or the private property between riverbanks and travel routes.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Spring-Ford students score top prizes in ‘Protect Our Watersheds’ art contest / Education and Outreach

    HERSHEY – Two students from Spring-Ford Intermediate School earned top honors in Pennsylvania American Water’s 10th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The company received more than 800 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania American Water announced the contest winners as part of National Drinking Water Week, which runs May 6-12.

  • Thu Jun 28, 2012

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    Schuylkill Sojourn: A journey to remember / Education and Outreach

    A list of articles about the 2012 Schuylkill River Sojourn

  • Fri Apr 13, 2012

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    Sign Up For Schuylkill River Heritage Area's Pedal & Paddle / Education and Outreach

    Take a round-trip adventure from Pottstown to Douglassville! Bike 4.5 miles along the Schuylkill River Trail Return via kayak on the Schuylkill River

  • Mon May 21, 2012

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    EPA's (College) Campus RainWorks Challenge / Storm Water

    The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

  • Mon May 21, 2012

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    Ag Workgroup has PBS video! / Agricultural

    Members from the Ag Workgroup went on a Macroinvertebrate study on farms that have received Best Management Practices installed. A team from Penn State's PBS documentary team tagged along to watch!

  • Sat Apr 28, 2012

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    Phila. embarks on green stormwater management / Storm Water

    Philadelphia's $2 billion plan to manage its storm water with green methods - porous pavement, green roofs, and a plethora of trees - got the official nod Tuesday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Sat Mar 31, 2012

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    Is the Wissahickon Creek Safe Now? / Pathogens / Compliance

    Pollutant and water quality levels in the Wissahickon Creek have remained level over the last 15 years, which means that efforts at water management are working. Otherwise, the water quality would have degraded even further in that time.

  • Fri Mar 30, 2012

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    Help scrub the Schuylkill all this month / Education and Outreach

    PHILADELPHIA — Last year the Schuylkill Action Network organized 18 litter cleanups into one campaign called the Schuylkill Scrub, and it is doing so again from April 1 to May 31 across the Schuylkill Valley.

  • Fri Mar 30, 2012

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    Radnor Middle School nominated for education department's inaugural awards / Storm Water

    The U.S. Department of Education is holding its inaugural Green Ribbon Schools Award and Radnor Middle School is one of four schools nominated for the environmentally conscious honor.

  • Mon Mar 12, 2012

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    New EPA Website on Nutrient Pollution Policy and Data / Storm Water

    EPA is also pleased to unveil a new website on nutrient pollution for homeowners, students, and educators

  • Thu Feb 23, 2012

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    PA Fish Advisories Updated for 2012 / Storm Water

    PA DEP press release

  • Thu Feb 23, 2012

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    American Water Accepting Applications for Environmental Grant Program / Storm Water

    The Mercury article

  • Thu Feb 23, 2012

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    Over 100 Attend Stormwater Forum / Storm Water

    the Mercury article

  • Tue Feb 21, 2012

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    The Ultimate Philly Weather Forecast / General

    Think the weather we’ve seen in the last couple of years has been crazy? In the next few decades, Philadelphia could transform from a Northern city into what feels like a Southern one. And that could change everything about who we are.

  • Tue Feb 14, 2012

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    Philly launches tree give-away program / Storm Water

    Want a new tree for your property? This afternoon, Mayor Nutter is expected to announce a new tree-planting initiative in Philadelphia, through which 2,000 trees will be given to residents who agree to water them, protect them and otherwise pamper them so that they can grow up strong and better clean the air, beautify the city, contribute to property values and more.

  • Mon Feb 6, 2012

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    Growing Greener Grant Awards / Storm Water

    Recipients announced in the latest round of PA Growing Greener grants.

  • Fri Feb 3, 2012

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    Phila. Water Dept. plans 28.5% rate hike over 3 years / Storm Water

    The Philadelphia Water Department plans to seek a 28.5 percent rate increase, starting in October and spreading across a little less than three years.

  • Tue May 8, 2012

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    Region 3 Stormwater Compliance Conference May 8-10, 2012 / Storm Water

    Announcing the first annual Region 3 Compliance Conference! With specialized training, presentations by EPA, State Stormwater Coordinators, and the Executive Director of National Stormwater Center, this promises to be an exciting learning and sharing event for municipal stormwater professionals.

  • Wed Feb 1, 2012

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    Bucks, Montco, growing but not too quickly / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Bucks County's population, pegged at 625,249 by the 2010 U.S. Census, will grow 16.3 percent to 727,150 people by 2040, according to population forecasts recently released by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

  • Sun Jan 29, 2012

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    Clubs in focus: Tulpehocken chapter of Trout Unlimited / General

    For the past five years, the Tulpehocken chapter of Trout Unlimited has participated in a science and nature program raising trout in school classrooms throughout Berks County.

  • Sun Jan 29, 2012

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    Bill Uhrich: Bald eagles becoming more common in Berks / Education and Outreach

    My wife and I were driving along Route 422 in Marion Township not long ago when I saw a large, dark bird rise up and fly over the roadway.

  • Wed Jan 25, 2012

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    Montco Superfund site owners pay $2.1M / Pathogens / Compliance

    The current and former owners of a Montgomery County Superfund site where tires and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic resins were manufactured have agreed to pay $2.1 million in past cleanup costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday.

  • Tue Jan 24, 2012

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    Delaware Riverkeeper expresses concerns with Cook Tract tree clearing / General

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has expressed serious concerns about tree clearing at the site, including the potential for increased runoff, echoing what many neighbors have said. Whitpain Township, however, maintains the tree clearing was done in a way to minimize the number of trees taken down and in consideration with a plan that will see improved storm-water management at the project’s conclusion.

  • Tue Jan 17, 2012

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    Calling All Environmentally-Friendly Students / Education and Outreach

    Two grants will be awarded: $5,000 each to a middle school and a high school to be used toward environmental programs

  • Fri Jan 13, 2012

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    Oley Hills properties preserved / Watershed Land Collaborative

    A lease of timberland dating back to the early 1900s describes perfectly how two programs new to Berks County will preserve forever woodlands, adjoining lands and the watersheds where they are located, a biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

  • Fri Jan 13, 2012

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    At forum, a plug for jobs; outside, a focus on water / General

    Jobs, jobs, jobs. A green economy can bring them on. That was one focus of a sustainability forum Friday led by Mayor Nutter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira.

  • Fri Jan 13, 2012

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    EPA head, Nutter talk sustainability / General

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson and a top Brazilian minister met in Philadelphia Friday to talk about urban sustainability.

  • Thu Jan 12, 2012

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    Seven Pa. coal-fired plants among worst greenhouse-gas emitters / General

    Seven Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants are among the 100 highest industrial emitters of greenhouse gases in the United States, according to data released Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Fri Jan 6, 2012

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    Designing Water / General

    Philadelphia has always had an engineered relationship to water and the Schuylkill River. In 1812, the Fairmount Water Works, designed by Frederick Graff, opened on the eastern banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, supplanting a small pumping station in Centre Square to become one of the earliest large-scale municipal drinking water facilities in the country. It stands as a proud symbol of forward thinking civic action to this day — but what is the environmental legacy it presides over?

  • Fri Jan 6, 2012

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    Conservancy begins new chapter as Marshall takes helm / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Despite 2011’s weak economy and a decline in public funding for land preservation, the Heritage Conservancy announced Thursday it preserved 467 acres last year.

  • Tue Jan 3, 2012

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    Seeking to balance conservation and development / Watershed Land Collaborative

    As president of the Natural Lands Trust, serving Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, Molly Morrison fights to balance conservation and "appropriate" development. From her office on a preserve in Media, Morrison, 58, works with community groups to identify "priority landscapes," acquire easements, and link people and nature.

  • Tue Jan 3, 2012

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    Seeking to reward environmental stewards / Education and Outreach

    Environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

  • Mon Dec 19, 2011

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    Regional contest aims to teach students how to keep the Schuylkill clean / Education and Outreach

    water comes from. To help students better understand how their actions affect water sources, the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is hosting its eighth annual student contest on river projects.

  • Wed Dec 14, 2011

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    PA DEP Announces MS4 Application and Renewal Training Schedule / Storm Water

    2012 Course Schedule

  • Thu Dec 1, 2011

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    Isn't easy being green: Here's help / Storm Water

    Members of the Schuylkill Action Network have published a free guide to help business owners make their properties environmentally friendly. The new handbook, entitled "Green Guide for Property Management," is now available at SchuylkillWaters.org. It shows readers a variety of ways to capture or divert rain and melting snow before they become polluted. Examples of projects range from low-cost ponds, rain gardens or wetlands to long-term investments like green roofs, porous paving, underground storage tanks and more.

  • Thu Dec 1, 2011

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    Morris Arboretum: a classroom to study nature / Education and Outreach

    The Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre botanical classroom located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

  • Thu Dec 1, 2011

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    About 'The Business of Nature: The Return on Environment in Berks' report / General

    "The Business of Nature: The Return on Environment in Berks" is a 26-page report that covers the benefits of the county's natural resources. For example, the report states:

  • Thu Dec 1, 2011

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    Scholarship honors soil conservationist / Education and Outreach

    The Berks County Conservation District is starting preparations to award its annual college scholarships for students majoring in environmental resource management or conservation.

  • Thu Dec 1, 2011

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    In Gibraltar, the remains of days past Question: Was there ever a dam on the Allegheny Creek at Gibraltar? / General

    There was, indeed. The breast is still there, off Route 724 as it enters the Robeson Township village, but the dam has not survived. Thanks to the Arnold brothers, Herb and Carroll, we have a firsthand account of how and why the dam was built in 1942

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Stormwater Case Studies / Storm Water

    The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently initiated a national rulemaking to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater runoff from new development and re-development projects, and make other improvements to strengthen its stormwater program. The E.P.A. announced that during this rulemaking process it will evaluate sustainable green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and reuse stormwater.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    No. 1 against storm-runoff / Storm Water

    Philadelphia ranks first in the nation and is a national model for its long-term efforts to reduce stormwater pollution and sewage runoff through eco-friendly and cost-effective measures such as green roofs and porous asphalt, according to an environmental group's new report.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    2011 officially Philadelphia's wettest ever - with six weeks left / Storm Water

    With slightly more than half an inch of rain measured for the day, the National Weather Service decreed that 2011 had dethroned the erstwhile reigning champ as the wettest year in Philadelphia weather history.

  • Mon Nov 14, 2011

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    Germantown Academy turns wet athletic fields into nature preserve / Storm Water

    Kudos to the Germantown Academy,the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and other project partners who made this happen!

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Germantown Academy turns wet athletic fields into nature preserve. / Storm Water

    As part of its campus master plan, Germantown Academy is breaking new ground. The oldest nonsectarian private day school in the country has set aside six acres of its 126-acre Fort Washington campus to restore wetlands and meadows.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Sold Down The River Could a new era of fracking, dredging and polluting sink the Delaware River for good? / General

    On the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) website, you can enter your street address and find out which watershed — and, therefore, which river — your drinking water is harvested from. But then, maybe you'd rather not know.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Open space a top issue in Radnor race / Storm Water

    Candidates running for the four open seats on Radnor Township’s board of commissioners named the township’s budget and stormwater management and flooding as major issues for residents this year.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Brandywine Valley Assoc. honors farm as Volunteer of the Year / Agricultural

    The Brandywine Valley Association honored the Hicks Brothers Meadow Springs Farm Oct. 20 as its Volunteer of the Year for the company's ongoing assistance to the nonprofit watershed agency.

  • Mon Nov 21, 2011

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    Fleetwood students, community plant nearly 500 trees along Willow Creek / Storm Water

    Volunteers, big and small, mucked through the mud to plant almost 500 native trees along Willow Creek in Blandon.

  • Mon Oct 24, 2011

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    Readers respond with tree tales / Storm Water

    Yesterday's column about trees -- and how we should appreciate them -- opened the floodgates for people who care about trees.

  • Mon Oct 24, 2011

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    Agency to be paid to administer state funds / Agricultural

    The Berks County Conservation District board has signed an agreement to administer about $1 million in state funding for 19 county agricultural and conservation projects.

  • Mon Oct 24, 2011

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    Latest leaks in pipe fixed; sewage no longer flowing into river / Pathogens / Compliance

    The city early Thursday fixed the latest two leaks in its old sewer pipe, and stopped the diversion of raw sewage into the Schuylkill River.

  • Mon Oct 24, 2011

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    DEP accepting 2012 grant applications / General

    Colleges, schools, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, businesses and conservation districts can now apply for 2012 environmental education grants through the state Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Wed Nov 16, 2011

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    Public Meeting on Wissahickon's Health Scheduled / Storm Water

    A public meeting is scheduled for Nov. 16 that will allow residents to learn about the Wissahickon Creek's health.

  • Thu Oct 13, 2011

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    Nonprofit estuary group holding annual fundraiser / General

    The nonprofit Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold its largest annual fundraiser -- also dubbed its "friend-raiser" -- Thursday at the World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    3 local projects get funding through Schuylkill River Heritage Area / General

    Three Berks County projects were among seven to receive grants through the Schuylkill River Heritage Area to improve water quality in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Look for a park today in Philly's park(ing) spots / Storm Water

    If you're headed to downtown Philadephia today, might be an even better time than usual to take public transportation.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Invasive flatheads hurting Schuylkill waters / General

    Several weeks ago when I wrote about the discovery of Flathead catfish in Deep Creek Lake, Montgomery County, I was remiss in mentioning another manner in which this unwanted species might have found its way into the isolated 38-acre impoundment, part of the Green Lane Park.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    How flower power can sow bipartisanship / General

    A garden of gold flutters on the horizon like a mirage. One wave of flowers follows another, a sporadic but exuberant parade of blossoms that readily inspires a smile.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/state/pa/leak-diverts-sewage-in-schuylkill-river-again/article_92166875-257c-509a-85d7-915863e22590.html / Pathogens / Compliance

    Raw sewage is again being diverted into the Schuylkill River from a leaking sewer line in Reading. The Reading Eagle reports a pair of new leaks appeared on the aging 42-inch main that was first repaired late last month. City workers began diverting up to 12 million gallons of raw sewage into the river on Tuesday night so repairs could begin.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Small projects now exempt from "unreasonable" storm water regulations / Storm Water

    Doylestown property owners who are planning to build decks or sheds or add brick pavers to their gardens no longer have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on storm water management systems.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/stormwater-swamps-area-roads/article_ee59eafd-6cfd-5b98-9a92-2f4fa7675afb.html / Storm Water

    All five bridges over the Neshaminy Creek in Northampton are closed, cutting off easy passage from Newtown to Richboro, Executive Editor Pat Walker reports from the road.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    2 new leaks found in Reading sewer main / Pathogens / Compliance

    Two new leaks were discovered Monday in the city's 42-inch main taking sewage to the treatment plant on Fritz's Island - bringing to five the number of leaks discovered in three weeks.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    City ponders 600-foot sewage-pipe fix / Pathogens / Compliance

    Repairs of Reading's latest leaks in its massive sewer main got under way early Wednesday, even as city officials consider new ways to keep the old pipe from causing more havoc downstream on the Schuylkill River.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Conservation district promotes rain barrels to save water / Storm Water

    The conservation district started selling 55-gallon barrels 11/2 years ago after people began asking where they could get containers to hold a large quantity of water.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Reading's sewer troubles test Pottstown officials / Pathogens / Compliance

    The latest diversion, which maintenance crews finally patched up at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, sent nearly 50,000 gallons per hour of sludge flowing into the river, which is the primary water source for Pottstown, Phoenixville, Royersford, and Philadelphia.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Upper Merion sets standard for Conshohocken waterfront plans / General

    BRIDGEPORT — Standing against the banks of the Schuylkill River, Upper Merion Boat Club Commodore Joe Hartnett wiped a bead of sweat from his brow and mused, “it’s a good thing we have here.”

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Whitemarsh approves long-term waterfront plan / General

    WHITEMARSH — The board of supervisors unanimously approved a course of action for the town’s waterfront last week, complete with plans for a bike trail, boat launches and fishing piers.

  • Wed Sep 28, 2011

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    Grant helps bridge gap in Schuylkill River Trail / General

    A proposed trail over a Manayunk bridge would soon give walkers and bikers a safer link to Philadelphia from the Schuylkill River Trail, which runs through Berks County.

  • Fri Sep 23, 2011

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    Cleanup at Blue Marsh Lake set for Saturday / General

    Blue Marsh Lake will take part Saturday in this year's 18th annual National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer restoration activity of its kind.

  • Mon Sep 12, 2011

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    While creeping development brings flooding, change is slow and costly / Storm Water

    While Irene was an extreme event, the threat of flooding streams in far lesser storms is growing. Rainfall is trending upward, records show, and development is creeping forward, too. Even though new rules are aimed at buffering the effects of construction, officials across the region are bracing for more flooding in the future.

  • Mon May 2, 2011

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    Project to protect Schuylkill's headwaters honored by state / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett today announced that 13 environmental projects from across the state will be awarded the 2011 Environmental Excellence Award. The projects include abandoned mine drainage reclamation, solar panel installation, and reducing the environmental impact of glass processing.

  • Mon May 2, 2011

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    Restoring Old Strip Mine Land / Abandoned Mine Drainage

    In Schuylkill County a project is underway to restore land scarred by coal strip mining. Several environmental groups teamed up with volunteers Friday to meet on what was once a strip mine near Minersville. The strip mine hole has been filled in and the mission was to plant trees to help restore the land.

  • Thu Apr 28, 2011

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    ‘Schuylkill Scrub’ looking for local scrubbers / Education and Outreach

    In order to present a program that could have a lasting impact and involve as many groups and volunteers as possible, the Schuylkill Action Network will present the second annual Schuylkill Scrub, a cleanup effort running through May 31 that stretches all along the 301 miles of the Schuylkill River.

  • Sat Apr 16, 2011

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    Philly Spokesdog Video on FYI Philly / Education and Outreach

    Philly Spokesdog Video on FYI Philly

  • Schuylkill Watershed economic plan to be revealed in Thursday meeting / General

    DOUGLASSVILLE — An economic development plan for the area of the Schuylkill Watershed from Valley Forge to Reading will be held Thursday afternoon at the White Horse Inn in Morlattan Village from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Wed Mar 30, 2011

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    A Philadelphia conference ponders the future of water / Education and Outreach

    From the safety of dry land in Philadelphia, tsunamis in Japan, floods in New Orleans, multiyear droughts in San Diego, and fracking mishaps in Western Pennsylvania might look like other people's problems. But the water issues confronting this region in the near future will be no less severe, or costly to remedy.

  • Mon Mar 21, 2011

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    Meeting highlights value of open space / Watershed Land Collaborative

    POTTSTOWN — Although no one actually said it, listening to a presentation about a report on the economic value of preserved open space Saturday, it wasn’t hard to imagine someone reprising the old Bill Clinton campaign theme — “it’s the economy stupid.”

  • Mon Mar 21, 2011

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    National Penn donates $20,000 to MCCC, SRHA / General

    POTTSTOWN — National Penn Bank recently presented a $20,000 check to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Montgomery County Community College to support of the development of the Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center in Pottstown.

  • Tue Mar 15, 2011

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    Upper Gwynedd is improving creek health, saving cash with UV system / Pathogens / Compliance

    UPPER GWYNEDD — As part of its 2011 budget deliberations, township officials allocated approximately $1.2 million to implement an Ultra Violet Disinfection System at the Upper Gwynedd Township’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

  • Wed Feb 16, 2011

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    Bill Uhrich: Bald eagles in Berks have continuing success / Education and Outreach

    Once again the Philadelphia Eagles broke our hearts with another late-season collapse and early exit from the playoffs. Good thing our Berks County bald eagles make up for that disappointment.

  • Wed Feb 23, 2011

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    N.Y. May Have Westminster, But Phila. Has Philly Water’s Best Friend / Education and Outreach

    PHILADELPHIA — Voters have until Feb. 28—less than two weeks—to decide which dogs will be finalists in the Philadelphia Water Department’s new spokesdog competition.

  • Wed Feb 23, 2011

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    Cash, Prizes Up for Grabs in Student Art Contest / Education and Outreach

    PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Water Department is accepting both drawings and videos for a student art competition ending on Feb. 25.

  • Sat Mar 12, 2011

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    Schuylkill Watershed Congress Scholarship Applications / Education and Outreach

    The SAN will be providing a limited number of Scholarships to the 2011 Schuylkill Watershed Congress on March 12, 2011. Apply Now

  • Fri Feb 4, 2011

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    Groups get funding for conservation, tourism projects / General

    Five Berks County tourism and conservation projects have received funding through the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and the Natural Lands Trust.

  • Mon Jan 17, 2011

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    120 polar bears 'a part of the Pottstown experience' / Education and Outreach

    POTTSTOWN — It would be impossible to say if this year's New Year's Day festivities in Riverfront Park were twice as good as the year before. But we can say with certainty that more than double the number of people who jumped into the Schuylkill River last year jumped in this year.

  • Fri Jan 7, 2011

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    Governor: Growing Greener projects show measurable improvement in state's environment / General

    HARRISBURG — In announcing the latest round of Growing Greener grants — as well as funding from the federal government — Gov. Edward G. Rendell said today that the commonwealth is investing in projects that provide visible and measurable improvements to the environment despite the increasingly limited nature of the funds.

  • Wed Dec 29, 2010

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    Berks County Conservation District giving rain barrels to Scouts / Storm Water

    The Berks County Conservation District has approved expanding its "going green" partnerships by donating four 55-gallon rain barrels to the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.

  • Tue Dec 14, 2010

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    Upper Providence dog park brings controversy / Education and Outreach

    oger "Bo" Reynolds Jr. left behind $100,000 in his will to establish a dog park in Upper Providence. Now, three years after its opening, what the park's four-legged users are leaving behind threatens its existence.

  • Wed Dec 1, 2010

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    Truck rolls, spills fuel into creek / General

    A eastbound tractor-trailer crashed and rolled onto its side Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 78 in Upper Bern Township, but no one was seriously injured, authorities said.

  • Sun Nov 21, 2010

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    Report: Open spaces have positive financial impact / Watershed Land Collaborative

    Conservation and planning leaders have released a new study demonstrating for the first time that preserved open space throughout southeastern Pennsylvania generates hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits.

  • Thu Nov 11, 2010

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    Drugs to Energy…a Solution for Unwanted Pharmaceuticals / Pathogens / Compliance

    What do you do with expired medicine in your medicine cabinet? How do you dispose of pharmaceuticals you no longer need? If you’re like most Americans, you’ve been told to flush them, wash them down the sink, or throw them in the trash. But recent studies show that our unwanted drugs are ending up in our fresh water supplies, and it doesn’t take a doctor or scientist to know that it isn’t healthy for us to ingest medicine that isn’t meant for us. It’s a health risk and an environmental hazard to wildlife. Today we will talk with the Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs for Covanta Energy about his company’s solution to this problem, and Paul Ritter, a high school science teacher who lead his students to create a model community program for safely disposing of unwanted pharmaceuticals that is gaining national attention. If your community does not have a drug take-back program, listen to Go Green Radio to learn how to change that!

  • Mon Nov 15, 2010

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    Water-saving in the north-east / Storm Water

    Green-infrastructure ideas are also taking root in places as far apart as Kansas City, Milwaukee, Portland and Washington, DC. In California, where droughts make salvaging rainwater especially wise, a new statewide green building code will take effect on January 1st 2011. But the most comprehensive scheme so far comes from Philadelphia, which is seeking EPA approval for its 25-year, $2 billion approach to “green” at least a third of the city’s impervious cover. If approval is granted, this will be the first plan that officially meets federal clean-water guidelines.

  • Wed Nov 10, 2010

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    Engineers discuss new storm-water rules / Storm Water

    About 150 storm-water engineers from around the region met Tuesday in Berks County to discuss changes to state regulations. The meeting, hosted by the Berks County Conservation District at the Berks County Agriculture Center in Bern Township, helped prepare engineers for the change in regulations that will take place next month.

  • Wed Sep 29, 2010

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    Goldenberg Group volunteers for stormwater basin cleanup / Storm Water

    WHITPAIN — Local developer The Goldenberg Group is working with the Montgomery County Conservation District and the Department of Environmental Protection to protect Plymouth Creek.

  • Thu Jul 22, 2010

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    Scientists Say We Must Adapt to Save Vital Resources / General

    WILMINGTON, Del. — The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has released a new report describing how increased temperatures, sea level, salt water and storms will affect the future of key natural resources, such as drinking water, wetlands, and shellfish like mussels and oysters. Many of the conclusions could have far-reaching implications for natural-resource management and policy over the coming years and decades.

  • Thu Jul 22, 2010

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    New report warns of climate change impact to Delaware Estuary / General

    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has issued a 118-page report outlining how climate change will affect the Delaware Estuary over the next few decades.

  • Tue Jun 29, 2010

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    EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds release: 2009 ANNUAL REPORT / Planning

    The OWOW is one of five program offices within the Office of Water at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC that works to protect and restore the nation’s aquatic ecosystems.

  • Tue Jun 29, 2010

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    Tough times spur Union Township family business; Tubing and Rafting on the Schuylkill / Education and Outreach

    A southern Berks County family hit hard by the struggling economy is bouncing back by launching a tubing and rafting business along the Schuylkill River.

  • Fri Jun 18, 2010

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    Journeys: Rivers Run Through Us / Education and Outreach

    Philadelphia has more miles of waterfront than Manhattan. So why don’t we think of ourselves as a river town? Our man sailed around the city to find out.

  • Thu May 6, 2010

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    Biz profile: Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association / General

    The lands trust has protected more than 1,100 acres of open space in the watershed's area, and works with area landowners, local governments and companies help keep woodlands, meadows, and that all important creek intact.

  • Wed Apr 28, 2010

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    The Story of Bottle Water (Video) / Education and Outreach

    The Story of Bottled Water, releasing March 22, 2010 on storyofbottledwater.org, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over seven minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to ‘take back the tap,’ not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

  • Mon Apr 12, 2010

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    SAN awarded Organization of the Year- Berks County / Education and Outreach

    The Berks Conservation District presented the SAN with the 2010 Organization of the Year Award at their annual banquet.

  • Mon Jan 18, 2010

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    Winter 2010 SAN Connections- the SAN quarterly newsletter / Education and Outreach

    The quartertly newsletter of the Schuylkill Action Network (Winter 2010)

  • Wed Oct 7, 2009

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    October 2009 SAN Connections / Education and Outreach

    SAN quarterly newsletter