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June 2013

Whose water?

It is big news when an official directly involved in the day-to-day management of the New York City water system comes before the Upper Delaware Council. However, the appearance of Thomas Murphy turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Read more

Enough water to go around

At his recent presentation to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), Thomas Murphy of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection left the impression that there’s just not enough water available to implement the UDC-supported proposal to provide thermal stress relief for the coldwater fishery of the Upper Delaware. From listening to him, one would conclude that, after New York City has taken its cut of the water in the reservoirs, the downstream stakeholders on the Delaware have had to scramble to satisfy their needs.  Read more

Request to NYC: Reconsider reservoirs release policy

As documented in The River Reporter, during his appearance at the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on June 12, Thomas Murphy of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency that owns and operates New York City’s dams on the headwaters of the Delaware, contended that “the city has never thought there is enough water to thermally maintain the main stem,” [of the Delaware River], and that “there’s only so much water to go around.”  Read more

Expanding Medicaid; Health insurance for low-income households

The clock is ticking in Pennsylvania (PA) for state government to decide whether to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 613,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians now eligible under Obamacare, aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will be fully implemented nationwide in 2014. As this month winds down, PA lawmakers are working to complete a state budget for the coming fiscal year, and what the budget looks like in the end will depend on whether there is an influx of federal Medicaid funds or not.  Read more

Bark park aims to expand; Neighbors raise questions about noise

The purpose of the park is “to attract happy, friendly dogs and happy, friendly dog owners, and we evaluate every dog that comes to the park, and if that dog has a poor disposition, we don’t want that dog, we don’t want that person.”  Read more

Eldred to allow use of cell phones

Superintendent Robert Dufour said that beginning in the fall, Eldred Central School District (ECSD) will allow the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, “on a limited and controlled basis.”  Read more

DEC critical of Cochecton’s Climate Action Plan

At the June 12 monthly meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, the cursory review of correspondence directed to supervisor Gary Maas was unusually remarkable. A letter from Mark DePaul Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was openly critical of Town of Cochecton Resolution 29, Climate Smart Community Pledge.  Read more

Lumberland takes on Rio Dam operator

Town officials say the operators of the Rio Dam are working on an upgrade to the dam’s generators, running heavy equipment over dam approach roads without making permit applications or any notification to Lumberland or the neighboring Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Tusten adopts consent agenda; Narrowsburg Bridge and fireworks discussed

A Town of Tusten Town Board meeting was held on June 11, and unlike several preceding meetings, it went smoothly and quickly. Supervisor Carol Wingert had made a motion to adopt a consent agenda at the May meeting, and it was met with opposition from council member Ned Lang. However, at this meeting, the board used the consent agenda format.  Read more

Wayne wants DRBC to back off

“The Wayne County Commissioners request that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) abandon any proposed plans to regulate natural gas drilling beyond the already established functions that focus on water quantity and water quality data collection and analysis.”  Read more