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Oakify Philadelphia

By Noah Raven and Francis Raven We filled our backpacks with over a dozen trees: chestnut oaks, black cherries and red mulberries, as well as two shovels, a pair of clippers, two pairs of gloves and several wooden stakes to label each of the seedlings. Our goal was to plant them in a degraded area

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(Updated with public comment opportunity) The EPA has proposed making the Delaware River cleaner for endangered sturgeon, but getting there won’t be easy, or cheap

Update: Would you like to weigh in on the EPA’s proposed dissolved oxygen standards in the Delaware River? The public can provide comments about the proposed regulation changes through the EPA website no later than February 20, 2024.   By Meg McGuire and Katherine Rapin In December 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a bold

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Our heritage trees are on the chopping block, again

I am standing in the Meadows, at the southwest corner of FDR Park, in a 33-acre mud pit roughly the size of eleven city blocks. Where once stood a mature woodland, now stands a vast strip of nothing—with an unimpeded view of I-95. The pit is prickled with hundreds of almost indiscernible, twiggy saplings. I

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The EPA has proposed making the Delaware River cleaner for endangered sturgeon, but getting there won’t be easy, or cheap

By Meg McGuire and Katherine Rapin In December 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a bold move for the Delaware River, proposing to raise the water quality standards in the estuary for the first time since the Clean Water Act of 1972. This upgrade would increase requirements for dissolved oxygen levels among the foundational

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