Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Low flow

NYC reservoir plan would cut Delaware River releases

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. Photo courtesy Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited

StateImpact Pennsylvania

New York City is planning to sharply reduce the amount of water it releases into the Upper Delaware River this fall in an effort to revive multistate talks on how to manage the river’s water resources to meet a range of demands including drinking-water supply, tourism, and environmental protection. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection said it will start cutting releases from three reservoirs in September, ending a policy that sustained higher flows in summer.


N.C. commission holds rare hearing on GenX

StarNews & WRAL Fayetteville

North Carolina's Environmental Resources Commission took the rare step of holding a hearing outside of Raleigh in order to hear firsthand from residents who have in recent months been alarmed and shocked by revelations that the unregulated chemical GenX is in their drinking water.


Acid zone in Chesapeake Bay identified

Phys.org & Nature Communications

A research team has identified a zone of Chesapeake Bay water that is increasing in acidity by analyzing little studied factors such as shellfish's ability to create and maintain their shells. "This study shows for the first time that the oxidation of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from the bottom waters could be a major contributor to lower pH in coastal oceans and may lead to more rapid acidification," said University of Delaware Professor Wei-Jun Cai, the study's lead author.