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Cleanup efforts restored Camden’s waterways. These teens are bringing people back to them

Last summer, on a small beach along the Cooper River, seventeen-year-olds Star Beauchamps and Mickey Carter-Lopes waited to pull canoes into shore. This was their typical summer weekday: paddling, teaching and comparing the polka dot tan lines on their feet thanks to Crocs and hours spent working in the sun. The friends were two of

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Since 2012, Philadelphia has been installing green roofs and rain gardens to solve a massive sewage problem. With rising costs and implementation setbacks, it may be more aspirational than feasible

Our Water Matters is an ongoing series produced through an editorial collaboration of the Chestnut Hill Local, Delaware Currents and Grid Magazine. Ever since the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) created a plan to fix its archaic sewer systems in 2011, proponents have held up the resulting program — Green City, Clean Waters — as a

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Under new federal regulations, the Philadelphia Water Department will need to remove lead service lines within 10 years. Finding, excavating and replacing them may cost half a billion dollars

Our Water Matters is an ongoing series produced through an editorial collaboration of the Chestnut Hill Local, Delaware Currents and Grid Magazine. Across the country, civil engineers and water experts are bracing for new requirements announced in December 2023 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take effect. For the first time, water systems may

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Fixing the chronic flooding in Northwest Philadelphia will be a major undertaking. In the meantime, residents live with the danger and expense

Carla Robinson is the editor of the Chestnut Hill Local. This story was produced in partnership with the Chestnut Hill Local. Kyle Bagenstose contributed to this report. Rev. Chester Williams has been dealing with floods in his basement since the fall of 1969, when he returned from service in Vietnam and bought his house in

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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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A York County reservoir project could be part of a sustainable grid. It would also displace dozens of households

Update: On February 1, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a preliminary permit to York Energy Storage, LLC for the pumped hydroelectric storage project the company is proposing in York County. The preliminary permit gives York Energy Storage priority for building a project on the site (essentially calling dibs) and opens up a

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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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After decades of major flooding in Eastwick, a potential solution is on the table. With dozens of stakeholders in Philadelphia and Delaware County, it won’t be a quick and easy fix

It was September 1999 and Denise Statham didn’t know danger was lapping at her doorstep. Her employer had closed their office earlier that day and Statham was finishing some work on her laptop when the power went out. She decided to nap for a while and see if it came back on. At about 7

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