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Back Bay Flood-Defense Plan Will Take Time, Federal Official Says
Jon Hurdle | December 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Gathering and weighing input from residents, communities, local and state officials will keep regional plan on slow track
As Drought Worsens, Renewed Calls for Release of Long-Overdue Water Plan
Jon Hurdle | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Water-supply advocates argue that plan — last updated in 1996 — can’t deal with current shortages, possible pollution from sewage treatment plants
Depleted Reservoirs Prompt Official Drought Watch for Delaware River Basin
Jon Hurdle | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With no end in sight to extended dry spell, regulators take action to compel conservation and to try to keep a ‘salt front’ from threatening drinking water
DRBC Considers Drought Emergency to Boost Sluggish Flows in Delaware River
Jon Hurdle | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Salt front’ continues to move upriver, closer to fresh-water intakes
Delaware River Salt Front Moves Upstream as Drought Cuts Flows
Jon Hurdle | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Reservoir releases can slow the front, but reduce available amount of drinking water — already in scant supply — in the process
Profile: The World of Cumberland County’s Bayshore Is Her Oyster
Jon Hurdle | October 19, 2016 | Profiles
One woman’s passion for the county’s historic Bayshore led to a restored ship, a museum, an environmental center, and renewed local pride
Campaigners Demand Map to Limit Forest Destruction by Off-Road Drivers
Jon Hurdle | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands activists welcome new data on disturbed sites, but say damage to Wharton State Forest will continue unless detailed map shows which areas are off limits
Transco Compressor Project Stirs Critics at Bordentown Meeting
Jon Hurdle | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Residents argue that state can block what they see as a dangerous project by refusing to issue water-quality permits
Occidental to Pay $165 million Toward EPA’s Cleanup of Passaic River Pollution
Jon Hurdle | October 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Actual removal of thousands of pounds of contaminants will not begin until 2020 and could take six years to complete
Drinking Water Panel Urges DEP to Adopt Nation’s Strictest Limit on PFOA
Jon Hurdle | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scientists want New Jersey to reduce the permitted level in drinking water of chemical that has been linked to cancer
High Levels of Chromium 6 Found in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical has been linked to several types of cancer; environmental group says it is unsafe even at low levels
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan
Jon Hurdle | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened
Conservationists Fear Off-Roaders Will Damage NJ Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State DEP steps up enforcement after dumping plan to curtail access to remote areas
New Reports on PFCs in Drinking Water Raise Pressure on Regulators
Jon Hurdle | August 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The Garden State’s water supplies have one the highest levels of PFC contamination in the United States
Increasing Pressure on DEP to Heed Scientists, Regulate Toxic Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | August 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Lesniak wants DEP to speed up its processes to control hazardous chemicals in drinking water
DEP Accused of Delaying Chemical Regulation a Year after Scientists Advised Limit
Jon Hurdle | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PFNA, part of a class of chemicals linked to cancer, has been found in Paulsboro and eight other locations in NJ
Rains Ease Drought Worries for Now, but Officials Warn of Potential Water Shortage
Jon Hurdle | July 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Only region that has seen precipitation at or above normal levels is coastal south, including Cumberland and Cape May counties
Critics of Highlands Development Plan Step Up Attacks on DEP
Jon Hurdle | July 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would quadruple number of septic systems in forested areas of region, which serves as water supply for some 5 million people
Drinking Water Panel Delays Recommending Safe Limit on Toxic Chemical
Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Just the latest in a series of delays on urgent matters of public health, environmental advocates say
Explainer: Safeguarding Water in Four States for 15 Million People
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Under stewardship of Delaware River Basin Commission, the river and its tributaries have made a strong comeback -- as annual shad run shows
Water Advocates Issue ‘Workplan’ to Help With Massive System Upgrade
Jon Hurdle | April 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works checklist is meant to be accomplished within the next year, but group estimates full modernization will cost $40 billion over 20 years
Explainer: Working Together to Preserve New Jersey’s Precious Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2016 | Explainer
Groups join forces for Delaware River Watershed Initiative covering area reaching from upstate NY to Delaware Bay
Newark Community Group Feuds with Sierra Club over Cleanup of Passaic River
Jon Hurdle | March 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Dispute centers on EPA plan to cap toxic waste with sand after riverbed is dredged
Tests on Fish Raise New Concerns About Estrogen Levels in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | February 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Contamination from wastewater-treatment plants and agricultural runoff cited as a concern
Bayside Flooding Highlights Inherent Vulnerability of Barrier Islands
Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Emphasis on ‘soft’ defenses such as rebuilding natural marshlands seen as most effective long-term approach
DEP Urged to Act Quickly on Hazardous Chemical Found in NJ Water Supplies
Jon Hurdle | January 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Likely carcinogen exceeded safety limit in 12 systems, detected at lower levels in dozens more
Critics of New Wastewater Rule Accuse DEP of Giving In to Developers
Jon Hurdle | November 12, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups assert what state agency calls ‘streamlining’ of unwieldy regulations would pose threat to drinking water for millions
Christie Vetoes Water Bill, Saying It Gives Too Much Power to Advisory Panel
Jon Hurdle | November 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Governor shuts down attempt to regulate the amount of TCP -- a suspected carcinogen -- in New Jersey’s drinking water
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