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Issue 48 — Thursday, June 30, 2016
Water Conservation Is Urged
During Hot Summer Months

WEST TRENTON, NJ — With the arrival of the summer season, many of us will be spending a lot of time on or near the water between now and Labor Day doing recreational and other activities. The traditionally hotter and drier weather of summertime will also place increased demands on the Delaware River Basin’s valuable water resources, and the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) would like to remind everyone to use water efficiently.

“We are dependent on our vital water resources for drinking water, recreation, power generation, aquatic habitats, commerce, industry, and so much more,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. “While we often take our water supplies for granted, they are not unlimited and we all need to do our part throughout the year to practice efficient water use.”

Observed year-to-date precipitation in the Delaware River Basin above Trenton, N.J. through the first half of June was over three inches below normal for this time period. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which reports on weekly conditions throughout the nation, indicated on June 16 that nearly all of the basin above Trenton is “abnormally dry,” with some areas noted as even drier.

The increase in hot and dry weather typically results in increased outdoor water use, especially on lawns, gardens, and landscapes. According to WaterSense, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnership program which includes the DRBC as a member, homeowners can use two to four times as much water for lawns and gardens in the summer season compared to the amounts used during the rest of the year.

In addition, WaterSense reports that some experts estimate as much as 50 percent of outdoor water use during the summer is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and systems.“DRBC is committed to spreading the word about the value of our basin’s water resources and water use efficiency,” said Tambini. “Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the magnificent water resources in the Delaware River Basin, while every day is the perfect time for water use efficiency.”

Useful information, such as indoor and outdoor water savings tips as well as links to many water efficiency on-line resources, can be found on the commission’s web site at
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Irate Bank Customer Charged In Assault Of Milford Police Chief

MILFORD — A man who created disturbances at a grocery store and a bank led officers on a chase through the streets of Milford Borough, then when they caught up to him, he assaulted the local police chief, according to a complaint filed with the Milford district magistrate.

Mark W. Gates, 36, of Crawford Park, Milford, was charged with aggravated assault and injury to an officer, a felony, and resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, misdemeanors.

State trooper Daniel Nilon responded to a report of a man threatening customers at Key Foods in Milford Township on the morning of June 22. Later the manager of the store said that the suspect went inside the store and was asking customers to burn American flags. When they refused, he threatened them with violence.

While Nilon was responding to the original call, another one came in that a man of the same description was now in the Wayne Bank on West Harford Street, refusing to leave and threatening customers. His account had been closed because of an overdraft.

Joined by Milford Police Chief Jack DaSilva, Nilon spotted a man matching the description, later identified as Gates, walking on West Harford. When ordered to stop, Gates ran down West Catharine Street, then to Broad with the officers in pursuit.

They caught up to Gates near the Pike County Administration Building. Nilon said Gates resisted being taken into custody and used a closed fist to strike Chief DaSilva in the back of the head, causing a laceration and bleeding. As multiple other officers converged, Gates was taken into custody in the same area.

Nilon reported that while attempting to process Gates for the arrest, he refused to be fingerprinted and attempts to do so “were met with extreme resistance.” Physical force was required to fingerprint him, Nilon said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Gates at 10:30 a.m. July 6 in Milford District Magistrate Court.

 
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