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NARROWSBURG, NY — A healthy dose of spring rain pumped life into the Darbytown Falls, which are located on the Pennsylvania side of the Upper Delaware River across from Narrowsburg, and cascade down 200 feet of rocks into the river.

Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee update

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Members of the Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee, formed to examine the issue of zoning related to natural gas drilling in the Town of Cochecton, gave comments to the town board at the meeting on December 14.  Read more

Barryville teen charged with vehicular homicide

GLEN SPEY, NY — Charles Wolff, 18, of Barryville, has been charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that killed his cousin and seriously injured two other passengers.  Read more

Conservation stewardship assistance available

PENNSYLVANIA — The cutoff date for farmers to apply to participate in the 2012 sign-up for the Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Natural gas pipeline safety bill signed into law

PA Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law House Bill 344 (Baker-R-Tioga) establishing regulatory oversight of natural gas pipelines to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as reported in PA Environment Digest.  Read more

Municipal agencies oppose gas fee legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — The major municipal agencies in Pennsylvania are on record opposing gas drilling legislation presented by Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican majorities in both state houses.  Read more

It’s thin ice for now

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY—Two years ago, many of the smaller lakes and ponds in the region had frozen over by Thanksgiving. But this year, it’s nearly January and the smaller lakes, such as Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, are just beginning to form a very thin layer of ice.  Read more

Western Sullivan burglary ring busted, homes and businesses targeted

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says they have broken up a burglary ring that has been breaking into homes and businesses in the western part of the county for much of the past year.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - April, May, June


PA Governor Corbett nominates Richard J. Allan as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing operation busted in towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating, NY.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - January, February, March


Delaware named Pennsylvania River of the Year for 2011.

Sullivan farmers consider micro dairies.  Read more

Court rules in DEC’s favor regarding superfund sites;return to ‘pre-disposal conditions’ valid

ALBANY, NY — The highest court in the state has said that compelling nearly total cleanups of contaminated sites is legal. On December 15, the NYS Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may require companies that own sites listed in the state’s Superfund program to clean up the properties to “predisposal conditions, to the extent feasible.”  Read more

Damascus board approves fiber mill

The Damascus Township board approved the establishment of a fiber mill on Calkins Road for Adam and Elizabeth Thumann, scheduling a conditional use hearing for Monday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

UDC comments on DEC’s gas drilling plan

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on Tuesday unanimously approved a draft of a letter to be sent to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding its SGEIS on natural gas drilling in New York. A previous draft had failed to pass the council as a whole at its last meeting earlier in the month.  Read more

PA car charging stations get grant

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $1 million grant award to help develop electric vehicle infrastructure on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The grant recipient, Car Charging Group, Inc., will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas.  Read more

Farmers can get flood relief

WALTON, NY — Flood relief funding is currently available for Catskill region farmers through the Raise the Roof Donation Fund. These are small grants available to farms that suffered flood damage or product loss during Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. A first round of $15,000 in funding has been completed. The second round of funding is open between December 15 and January 15, 2012. Applications can be obtained from the Scholarships & Grants section of the Pure Catskills webpage online at, or by contacting Challey Comer at or 607/865-7090.  Read more

Delaware Basin Conservation Act passes committee

WASHINGTON, DC — The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2011, federal legislation to help protect the Delaware River Basin, has passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. A companion bill is still in committee in the House of Representatives.  Read more

Highland honors highway super

With expressions of mutual respect and gratitude, the Town of Highland honored its retiring highway superintendent, Norman Sutherland, at its monthly meeting on December 13. Town supervisor Andrew Boyar roasted Sutherland at the meeting’s end with a series of gag gifts and a humorous account of Sutherland’s history and successful service to the town.  Read more

Two activists receive Gadfly awards

In a bit of end-of-the-term merriment, the Sullivan County Legislature bestowed Gadfly awards on two county residents whose activism in certain areas led to significant changes. One award went to Dave Colavito, who was instrumental in tightening and expanding disclosure requirements that county legislators and other officials must adhere to.  Read more

Christmas in the Mountains

MONGAUP VALLEY — This scene from Santa’s Village reflects not only the festive atmosphere of the holiday season but also the spirit of giving that is a large part of the celebration. Last weekend, for the third year in a row, David Dunlap of Hilltop Homes, helped by volunteers from the community, pulled together Santa’s Village for a two-day, where children and adults alike marveled at the many lights and displays, and donated gifts to Toys for Tots. For more on the event, go to Jonathan Fox’s column

Burned building to be demolished

The Town of Bethel, which has been more aggressive than most in Sullivan County when it comes to clearing away eye-sore buildings, took another step in that direction when a public hearing was set for January 4 over the demolition of a building in Swan Lake.  Read more

Hunter’s friends turn him in

A resident of Long Island has been issued two summonses for illegally taking wildlife in the Town of Tusten.  Read more