THE DELAWARE RIVER REVIVAL: FOUR CENTURIES OF HISTORIC WATER QUALITY CHANGE
- Since Henry Hudson sailed to the bay 400 years ago in August
1609, water quality in the Delaware River has changed from
pristine, to polluted, to partly recovered. Water pollution was so noticeable by 1769 that a visiting Englishman named Isaac Weld was moved to comment on the “mess” in the Delaware River at Philadelphia. Due to pollution in the river after the American Revolution, Ben Franklin left money in his will to build a drink- ing water supply system in America’s largest city.
Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Not Currently Affecting Drinking Water Quality
- A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. These production areas include the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations, which are some of the largest sources of natural gas in the country and have trillions of cubic feet of gas.
Waters of the U.S./Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Corps of Engineers Federal
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Corps of Engineers published a July 27th Federal Register Notice proposing to rescind the 2015 revisions to the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States.” See 82 Fed. Reg. 34899.
PDF for Federal Register: http://www.mitchellwilliamslaw.com/webfiles/Fed%20Reg%2034899.pdf
Filtration Decision Near For NYC's Drinking Water Supply
Trump Administration Releases Highly Anticipated Proposal to Rescind WOTUS Rule
- The 2015 Rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides (31 states and 53 non-state parties, including eNGOs, local and municipal entities, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups). The parties raised numerous substantive and procedural concerns with the Rule, including claims that the Rule allows the Agencies to assert jurisdiction beyond what the CWA allows, imposes burdensome regulatory uncertainty, was not promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act and other procedural requirements, and is otherwise unlawful
Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Harm Drinking Water
- Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released Monday. The new study’s conclusions on drinking water are in line with multiple other studies of hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking.
Delaware River Basin - Most Recent Hydrologic Conditions Report - June 13, 2017
Waste Water Tips for the Upper Delaware River Basin
- Living in the Upper Delaware River Basin presents some challenges on how we deal with our waste water systems. Although most areas of the country use central drinking water and sewage systems those of us living in rural areas rely on water wells and on-lot septic systems.