EPA Cuts Could Make the Delaware Goop Again

Preserving the environment so it remains sustainable for future generations? For the birds! So says the administration of Donald Trump, whom you’ll no doubt remember famously tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” and later: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” Read more »

Deer Rescued From Delaware River Near Penn’s Landing

deer, delaware river

Photo via the Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia police rescued a deer in the Delaware River Thursday evening.

According to CBS3, officers with the department’s Marine Unit spotted the deer stuck in a mud flat near Penn’s Landing around 8 p.m. After about 30 minutes, they were able to pull it into the boat.

It’s not clear how or why the deer was in the Delaware (or that part of Philly). Maybe it was making a break for New Jersey (maybe, just maybe) and got a little stuck. Who knows.

Apparently deer are pretty good swimmers.

Police say the animal was determined to be in good health and released.

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Here’s What’s Happening With the Delaware River Bridge

The Delaware River Bridge will remain closed for at least two weeks – and possibly much longer – as officials and experts scramble to determine the cause of a serious fracture discovered in the bridge’s steel framework last week.  Read more »

PA Turnpike Introduces Cashless Tolling at Delaware River Bridge

PA Turnpike - Delaware River bridge map

Map courtesy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike

You don’t have to stop to pay tolls on the Delaware River-Turnpike Bridge.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be paying them, though. In a change that went into effect on January 3rd, there are no more cash tolls on the bridge that connects the eastern end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with the New Jersey Turnpike. Motorists who cross over the bridge headed into Pennsylvania will pay $5 if they have E-ZPass. Those without EZ Pass will receive a bill in the mail for $6.75. Read more »

Holy Sea Cow! Manatee Spotted in Delaware River

The manatee spotted in the Delaware. Photo | New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The manatee spotted in the Delaware. Photo | New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The waters of the Delaware River received an unexpected guest this past week.

A manatee, the large marine mammal known to thrive in warmer waters, found its way into the northern Delaware River next to Bordentown City, New Jersey, the Burlington County Times reported yesterday.

The creature, often referred to as a “sea cow” because of its docile manner, was spotted at the mouth of the Crosswicks Creek on Tuesday, but has not been seen since, the paper reports. Read more »

61-Foot, 11-Ton Duck Coming to Philadelphia Waterfront

World's Largest Rubber Duck

Photo courtesy of Craig Samborski

A 61-foot tall, 11-ton duck is coming to Philadelphia next month.

As part of the 2015 Tall Ships Philadelphia/Camden festival, being held from June 25th to the 28th, Draw Events is bringing the World’s Largest Rubber Duck to the Delaware River.

Based on a the plans for an installation called Rubber Duck originally made by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, this version of the giant rubber duck — actually made of an inflatable vinyl covering — also appeared at last year’s Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles. Hofman unveiled the first version of the rubber duck in his native Amsterdam in 2007; the first North American appearance was in Pittsburgh in 2013.

“In my estimation, you need to go big or go home,” says Draw Events president Craig Samborski. “Then someone floated the idea of the duck past us.” Yes, a six-story high duck floating by is big enough. Samborski’s company bought the plans from Hofman, modified the specs — the version coming to Philadelphia is larger than what was indicated in the plans provided — and set out on building an 11-ton vinyl duck that sits on a 10-ton steel pontoon. Read more »

Headlines: Is Trump-ish Tower Back in Play on the Delaware?

Pier 35 & 1/2 | via Google Street View

Pier 35 & 1/2 | via Google Street View

The development process of Pier 35 & 1/2 is in its infancy, but is it possible that the previous Trump Tower Philadelphia proposal is being used as the “template” for the site? Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer, who first reported the sale of the pier, talked with a spokesman for the new owners, who say they’re “pursuing the highest and best use of the property” and that Trump-ish tower development is among the options. Read more »

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