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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Common Waters announces new round of grants

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Common Waters Fund has announced that an additional dozen landowners on 8,000 acres across three states will share more than $140,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality in the Upper Delaware River Basin.  Read more

Port wastewater treatment upgraded

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has completed a $12.5 million project to modernize a wastewater treatment plant located on the Neversink River at Port Jervis. Modernization work will help protect the water quality of both the Neversink River and the Delaware River immediately downstream.  Read more

UDC announces 2012 awards

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will honor those that have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 24th annual awards ceremony on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at The Carriage House located at 3351 NYS Route 97.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Explosion at PA compressor station under investigation
Emergency personnel from three counties responded to an explosion at the Lathrop gas compressor station in Springville Township, PA that shook homes a half-mile away.  Read more

Honesdale hires temporary zoning officer

The Honesdale Borough Council has hired a temporary replacement for Wayne Earley, who was fired on March 12. The replacement is Robert Bates of Honesdale.  Read more

Tusten heritage garden planned for Narrowsburg

If Tusten councilwoman Andrea Reynosa is successful, there will be a new garden in Narrowsburg very soon. Called the Tusten Heritage Community Garden, the objective of the project is to “foster, develop and strengthen ties among the various existing groups” in the Towns of Tusten and Cochecton and the Township of Damascus in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Park Service endorses PPL power line plan; environmental groups cry foul

NEW JERSEY & PENNSYLVANIA — In a major win for two utilities that want to build a $510 million power line, the National Park Service (NPS) has backed a route that would take the line through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic River and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.  Read more

QR codes: promoting the scenic byway and more

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — They appear everywhere these days, those small squares of black and white patterns that are portals to information troves of varying types. Called Quick Response (QR) codes, the squares are two-dimensional matrix barcodes encoded with data and designed to enable mobile device users to obtain easy access to additional information linked to the code.  Read more

State clarifies impact fee for Pike

At a meeting on March 21, the Pike County Commissioners stated their intention to adopt the new Act 13 Impact Fee Gas Drilling law, saying, however, that it wasn’t clear whether they should adopt it or not.  Read more

E-books come to Wayne libraries

An enormous bank of book titles are now available as e-books at any of the Wayne County public libraries. Library patrons can now “borrow” the e-book for two weeks, after which the book disappears from your reader, although you can renew it for another two weeks.  Read more

More on manure; WCD tackles rumors and education

In an attempt to dispel rumors and reduce concerns, the Wayne Conservation District (WCD) is renewing efforts to provide education and assistance related to the recently released Manure Management Manual in Pennsylvania with two new workshops scheduled for May 3.  Read more

The race for Congressional District 19;healthcare and Medicare are issues

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19, NY — With the new congressional districts drawn and in place, the race for District 19, which includes Sullivan County, has begun in earnest. On the Republican side is Congressman Chris Gibson, who was swept into office in the Republican wave in 2010, which occurred, at least in part, in reaction to President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.  Read more

Chancellor Livingston, LLC withdraws from Apollo project

Monticello - Chancellor Livingston LLC, previously designated by the County Legislature as the preferred developer for the East Broadway Redevelopment Project (The former Apollo Mall property and the former Landfill Phase II property) has notified County officials that they are withdrawing from this project. Sullivan County will recognize their withdraw, and the County Legislature will consider options that will move the development of the area forward.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Coalition launches campaign to ban hydro-fracking in NY  Read more

Eileen Haworth Weil dies; remembered as passionate activist

Eileen Haworth Weil of Summitville died at her home on March 23, after a battle with cancer. She was 69.  Read more

Wayne election bureau prepares for photo voter ID;‘It’s a solution in search of a problem’

Since Governor Tom Corbett signed into law HB 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID Bill, on March 14, county election coordinators, including Cindy Furman of the Wayne County bureau, are busy getting ready.  Read more

Lackawaxen dicusses impact fee

“The jury is out,” said Anthony Waldron, solicitor at Lackawaxen Township. Waldron spoke at the township meeting on March 21, and was referring to the Act 13 Impact Fee in Pike County. (Since then, county officials have indicated they will adopt the fee.)  Read more

Putting the brakes on the Pond Eddy Bridge; Hinchey, Bonacic, UDSB and SC legislature weigh in

The fate of the Pond Eddy Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River and connects the communities of Pond Eddy, NY and Pond Eddy, PA, continues to hang in the balance as a growing number of individuals, organizations, businesses and towns weigh in on the matter.  Read more

Republican lawmakers bash Gasland; want it pulled from international program

WASHINGTON, DC — A group of 32 mostly Republican members of the House of Representative have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking that the movie “Gasland” be dropped from the American Film Showcase program.  Read more

Esplanade plan dates back 20 years; design phase moves forward

The plan to build an esplanade behind the shops on Main Street has been on the drawing board for a couple of decades. In the offices at the Tusten Town Hall, there are a series of sketches, which were part of a study called the Big Eddy Waterfront Revitalization Program.  Read more