Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Let it flow

NYC voluntarily honors Upper Delaware River deal

Dan Plummer fishes for trout in the Delaware River, Delaware County New York. The Delaware watershed hosts world class trout fisheries. But a dispute over water allocation between New York City and New Jersey could put those fisheries in jeopardy. (Trout Unlimited)


Pike County Courier & New York Times

A contingency plan will keep water flow in the Upper Delaware River from dropping to catastrophic levels. In a four-party agreement, New York City agreed to release water above minimum targets just as a water-sharing program was about to expire. New Jersey was the sole holdout among the five participants in the Flexible Flow Management Program, the result of a 1954 Supreme Court decree that regulates drinking water withdrawals.


South Carolina DHEC works on aquifer rules

Post and Courier

Amid controversy over Google's request to tap the Charleston area's aquifer for up to 1.5 million gallons daily, South Carolina is pressing ahead with groundwater plans for all remaining coastal counties and six in the Pee Dee area. In addition, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is considering declaring Lexington, Aiken and Orangeburg counties a "capacity use area."


Chesapeake Bay cleanup marks halfway point

Charlottesville Tomorrow & Eye on Annapolis

A partnership created more than 30 years ago to restore water quality and replenish aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay is halfway through a landmark effort to reduce pollution that has choked the world’s third-largest estuary. Efforts to clean up the bay date back to 1983, when the states came together with nonprofit groups and the EPA to form the Chesapeake Bay Partnership.