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Long-Awaited Plan for Management of Water Resources in New Jersey
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two decades in the making, the state’s Water Supply blueprint finally has been updated to the surprise of many who thought Christie administration would run out the clock on it
Storm-Water Projects Seek Help from Increased DEP Funding
Jon Hurdle | April 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Communities and environmental groups plan on putting money into rain gardens and other schemes to reduce runoff
Water Companies Act on Chemical Concerns as Rulemaking Process Drags on
Jon Hurdle | March 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some private purveyors have already deployed the requisite filtering technology and are passing costs on to customers
Water-Borne Chemicals Near Military Base Exceed EPA Health Guidelines
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The chemical detection is the latest example of PFCs being found at levels above recommended health limits in numerous locations around the state
Nitrogen Levels in NJ Waters Dip, But Will Drop Survive Trump Rule Rollback?
Jon Hurdle | March 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration considers scrapping Waters of the U.S. rule, but New Jersey might be unscathed since state regulations tougher than federal, experts advise
DEP Weighs More Access to Pinelands Trails for Enduro Motorcyclists
Jon Hurdle | February 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some environmentalists argue that motorcycles should be banned outright from the preserve
Profile: Jason Howell, Protecting the Pinelands Against All Comers
Jon Hurdle | February 8, 2017 | Profiles
The stewardship coordinator for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance doesn’t rule out ‘direct action’ for protecting this preserve
Delaware Basin Program Measures Progress Protecting Water Supplies
Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Initiative counts more than 40 conservation groups as members, targeted thus far on improving local conditions in creeks and streams
Delaware Estuary Scientists Worried About Possible Trump Effect
Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Scientists at regional summit clearly unnerved by Trump administration’s announcements on climate change, fossil fuels, and the EPA
‘Strings and Sticks’ Help Make Space on NJ Beaches for Rare Plants and Birds
Jon Hurdle | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without impeding public access, a modest program at the Jersey Shore has allowed plants to grow and birds to breed undisturbed
Renewed Demand for State Water Supply Plan, But DEP Won’t Say When
Jon Hurdle | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Member of expert panel says lack of a blueprint leaves New Jersey vulnerable to drought and unable to manage water assets and infrastructure
DEP Accepts Plan to Curb Toxic Chemical in NJ’s Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Surveys have shown the presence of PFNA in New Jersey’s public water systems is much higher than the national rate
New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin but Funding Unclear
Jon Hurdle | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Source of drinking water for millions of people gets legal safeguards; it’s not yet clear whether Congress will provide the money to implement them
Renewing Aged Water Infrastructure in New Jersey, One Street at a Time
Jon Hurdle | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Antiquated leak-prone systems are being upgraded in some parts of the state, but water industry advocates argue that much more needs to be done
Immigration Activists Urge NJ Counties Not to Cooperate With Feds
Jon Hurdle | December 12, 2016 | Immigration
They fear greater push to find and deport undocumented immigrants when Trump becomes president
South Jersey Lags on State Aid Despite Its Economic and Social Challenges
Jon Hurdle | December 7, 2016 | Politics
New evidence suggests southern counties are being shortchanged by the state, not getting ‘fair share’ of assistance
Water System Reformers Rally Support for Huge Infrastructure Campaign
Jon Hurdle | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In coming year, members of Jersey Water Works have committed to building new water mains and developing guidance on green infrastructure, as part of an ambitious agenda
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
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