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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - PA: Water

Agriculture continues to be a major source of nitrogen pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Environmental Protection Agency could face federal lawsuits if it doesn't take action against states not meeting their obligations to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to develop implemen

The Delaware is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. (Joshua/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Delaware River was once so polluted it turned the hulls of ships brown. But after decades of restoration, a river-conservation group has named it "River of the Year." The Delaware is a source of drinking water for Philadelphia and New York City, but 75 years ago it was choked w

A NEPA review helped stop a recent proposal for mountain biking in the Allegheny National Forest. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)

WARREN, Pa. -- Conservation groups say proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, would let potentially damaging projects avoid rigorous review and public input. For more than 50 years, NEPA has been the federal process that helps protect water, air and wilderness areas fr

Tides already driving salty water up the Delaware River close to the Schuylkill River. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Environmentalists say rising sea levels and rising temperatures from climate change are putting Philadelphia and other Delaware River Basin communities at risk. A recent report from Rutgers University projected sea levels will rise 2.5 feet by 2050 and up to almost nine feet by the

About 30,000 students have participated in SWEEP since it began 30 years ago. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Students soon will be exploring local waterways by canoe as they learn how streams work and the importance of clean water. April 1 marks the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 30th annual Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP. According to Kass

An explosion and fire along the Revolution Pipeline destroyed a house and caused six high-voltage transmission towers to collapse. (berkut_34/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection could soon resume issuing permits for construction of the Mariner East Pipeline. The DEP announced Friday it has reached an agreement with the company overseeing the construction after banning new permits and approvals last y

Pennsylvania's clean water plan has an annual funding gap of more than $300 million. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for reducing pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay can't meet its 2025 goals, but the Environmental Protection Agency is not taking required actions. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is supposed to impose consequences on an

Pennsylvania farmers harvested oysters, set crab traps and tested the nitrogen content of Chesapeake Bay water during a three-day, hands-on learning experience. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania farmers and conservation professionals just spent some time on Chesapeake Bay to gain firsthand experience with the impact they have on the water - and on those who depend on the bay to make their living. Agriculture is a major source of sediment and nutrient pollutio

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