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March 05, 2015
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NORTHEAST, U.S. — How cold is it? According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center in this region of the country, records for cold temperatures and snowfall were falling everywhere in February. The Center writes, “Six airport climate sites had their all-time snowiest start to February, with Boston, MA, seeing a whopping 58.5 inches (nearly 5 feet) of snow. In two weeks, Boston has had more snow than they normally get in an entire snow season (Oct-May) and Worcester, MA, has had more snow than they normally get during winter (Dec-Feb).

World Trade Center monument unveiled

Some 300 people turned out to see the unveiling of the World Trade Center monument in Eldred on September 10. In remarks prepared for the occasion, Town of Highland Supervisor Andy Boyar pointed to several connections between residents of the town, and the events of September 11, 2001, when hijackers reigned down terror from four jumbo jets on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Comments policy changing on The River Reporter website

Starting on September 16, The River Reporter online will accept only comments that are submitted under the user’s real name. If you have already registered under a pseudonym and would like to change your user name, send an email to editor@riverreporter.com with the words “real name” in the subject field and your current user name in the body of the email. Your account will be deleted and you may then reregister using your real name.  Read more

State Roads Closed Due to Flooding in Wayne, Pike – as of 10:00 a.m

Pike County

SR 1014 (Masthope Plank Road) is closed in both directions between St Vincents Point Road and SR 590 in Lackawaxen

SR 1015 (Old Milford/Mountain Ave) is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Ave in Westfall and Tenth Street in Matamoras

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Federal Rd in Lehman and Harford/6thStreet in Milford

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Milford/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Raccoon Ct and Pocono Mt. Lake Drive in Lehman  Read more

Assessing Delaware River conditions

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Several sources of information are available to those interested in assessing current conditions on the Upper Delaware River.

The National Park Service (NPS) maintains a River Hotline at 845/252-7100 and a Visitor Information Line at 570-685-4871.

For information on closure of the Roebling Bridge due to potential flooding conditions, call the River Hotline or visit www.nps.gov/upde/index.htm .  Read more

Delaware River and Access Points Closed in Park 1:00 pm

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the Delaware River corridor and all access points within the boundaries of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are closed due to rising water levels. Heavy rainfall from the remnants Tropical Storm Lee, combined with already heightened river levels from Hurricane Irene, has led to the latest closure. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for this stretch of the river.  Read more

PA FBC sues Consol Energy over Dunkard Creek environmental disaster

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has sued Consol Energy for civil damages resulting from a devastating 2009 pollution incident in which discharges from a Consol coal mine entered Dunkard Creek, contributing to a massive fish kill spanning nearly 30 miles of stream in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The lawsuits seek compensatory damages for the lost aquatic life and lost fishing opportunities for Pennsylvania anglers and punitive damages to deter future pollution.  Read more

DEC Begins 90-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened a more than 90-day public comment period on its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. In addition, the agency will issue its proposed regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in early October.  Read more

Flood warnings cancelled, Sullivan open for business - 2:15 Friday

Sullivan County is open for business; all flood watches and warnings have been rescinded.

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County has recovered quite well from the wrath of this week's storms that brought remnants of Tropical Depression Lee. The vast majority (if not all) of the Sullivan County Catskills is clear for traveling and its businesses are open and welcoming visitors. This weekend's Farming with Kids at Applepond Farm, the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods on Sunday, rally New York autumn rallysprint, various exhibits, several area farmers markets and much more.  Read more

Roads closed due to flooding in Wayne, Pike, Sullivan 2:00 pm

This is a list of road closures due to flooding and downed power lines caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  Read more

DRBC will not act on gas drilling regulations at September 21 meeting; special meeting scheduled for October 21

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Sept. 6) – Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol R. Collier today announced that draft natural gas development regulations will not be on the September 21, 2011 meeting agenda for consideration by the commissioners.  Read more

World Trade Center artifacts on display

As the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City approaches, artifacts are on display or being readied for display in at least three locations in Sullivan County.

At the government center in Monticello, there is a display of a crushed door from a fire truck that belonged to Squad 18 of the FDNY.  Read more

TGP tunnels under Route 590

Just prior to Hurricane Irene’s arrival in the Upper Delaware region, Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) crews tunneled underneath Route 590 in Lackawaxen Township during the ongoing expansion of its 300 Line Project. Shown here is a road bore machine, which runs on tracks, according to Jerry Creel, TGP’s 300 Line Project manager. A massive auger drills horizontally through earth and rock, depositing the pulverized material in the trench. Standing on the roadway, the vibrations could be felt through the road’s surface.

Ruling on Toronto Reservoir access may come soon

The 10-year battle over the public access point at the Toronto Reservoir may soon be settled as a judge in Albany considers the merits of the case.  Read more

Frost Valley YMCA clobbered; FEMA funds may be available to help

Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available.

The organization says entire roads and bridges were washed away, and one of its historic buildings, Pigeon Lodge, was shattered beyond repair.  Read more

River trenching delayed by storms

Plans to begin trenching activities in the Lackawaxen River related to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) 300 Line Project in Pike County continue to be delayed following Hurricane Irene and a series of rain events that have beset the region.  Read more

Watching water quality; multiple efforts underway

Little known and rarely observed are several water quality initiatives underway in the region. The River Reporter takes a look at what’s being done and by whom in this series.  Read more

Frost Valley YMCA clobbered;FEMA funds may be available to help

Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available.  Read more

Feds soften harsh sign rule; Congress isn’t providing funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a sign of the times. The Federal Highway Administration is caving in to a tsunami of complaints about its stringent sign law that had the potential to pressure local budgets to the breaking point.  Read more

News in brief

Tar sand protest arrest tally tops 1,200

WASHINGTON, DC — A civil disobedience demonstration in front of the White House, protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands concluded last Friday after its planned two-week run. As of the last day, 1,250 people had been arrested.  Read more

Bethel Democrats rift healing? Party withholds backing of candidates

Three Democratic candidates for two seats on the town board will face off in a primary contest on September 13. Long-time incumbents Vicky Vassmer-Simpson and Bob Blais will be sharing the ballot with former highway superintendent Bernie Cohen.

The local Democratic Committee has decided not to back a candidate until after the primary, at which time it will presumably back the two winners. If Vassmer-Simpson wins and the committee supports her, it may signal the beginning of an end to a huge rift in the party that has defined it for the past couple of election cycles.  Read more