CDRW Updates 4.27.17

It was an honor to be recognized last week for our work on the successful passage of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act! We want to extend the congratulations to all of our members and partners who were absolutely key in this achievement, as well as the groups that were able to join us that night.

There is a there's a lot to report and many ways to for all of you to get involved; from weighing in on EPA's Regulatory Evaluation and signing onto our PA budget letters to helping out with our Forum planning (psst...we set our date). Please read on for more news and updates from around the watershed!

At a glance:

  • CDRW Updates: Special Recognition Award, Forum Save the Date, PA Budget Letters, DRBRP Update, EPA Regulatory Evaluation, State Lead Renewal
  • Watershed News: NWF Testifies on Clean Water in Congress, Spring Cleanups, & Earth Day beer partnerships grow in popularity
  • Member Resources: An EPA Webinar you won't want to miss!
  • Eventsfunding, and new 6 job opportunities and 3 internships!

CDRW Updates

Coalition Director Maddy Urbish, along with Madeline Emde (CDRW) and Grant La Rouche of National Wildlife Federation at the WRADRB Awards Dinner.

CDRW Receives Special Recognition Award
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed was presented with the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin's (WRADRB) Special Recognition Award for its work on the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act on April 19, 2017 at the Association's 35th Annual Recognition Dinner. Our allies in Congress including Senator Tom Carper, Governor Carney, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Congressman Ryan Costello, and Former Governor and Congressman Mike Castle were also recognized at the event. Thanks to the members who were able to attend the event and represent the Coalition! You can read more about the award here.

Mark Your Calendars - 2017 Delaware River Watershed Forum
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Delaware River Watershed Forum will take at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos region! Please mark your calendars for October 17-18 for the region's forum for watershed action. Our official save the date will go out soon, but we wanted you to be the first to know! Want to get more involved? Please contact Madeline Emde if you are interested in participating in our planning committee.

Pennsylvania Budget Sign-on Letters
The Coalition is currently circulating two sign on letters (PA Funding Letter and PA DRBC Funding Letter) to our PA and regional members regarding the recent budget passed by the PA House of Representatives that significantly cuts funding for the Department of Environment, Conservation District grants, the Delaware River Basin Commission, and other important programs. Please contact Maddy Urbish by COB 5/8/17 if your organization would like to join the letter.

Delaware River Basin Restoration Program
Through our workgroup, we have continued to provide feedback to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on their draft framework for the program and just recently submitted comments on the final draft. We are really pleased to see our Coalition's input included in the final draft and the Service's continued responsiveness with us and other stakeholders.

EPA Regulatory Evaluation
In response to a recent Executive Order, EPA has established a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will evaluate existing regulations and identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make less burdensome. EPA’s Office of Water will host a public listening session to obtain feedback on water regulations on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 11am-2pm Eastern. For more background and details about joining the listening session, click here.
There is also an opportunity to submit comments outside of the meeting. Written comments are due May 15th. Our Coalition is working to draft written comments to assist your organizations should you choose to submit. We encourage everyone to comment on this important process and will be sending out template language soon.

Request for Proposals for Next Round of Coalition State Leads
Since our State Outreach Lead Initiative launched in early 2016, our four State Outreach Leads have helped to further our Coalition's reach and better connect with our members. They have played a key role in representing our coalition, building membership, and implementing grassroots campaigns. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing this effort in 2017 to advance Coalition priorities and enhance our effectiveness across the four states of the watershed. The opportunity to apply for the State Outreach Lead position is open to all Coalition member organizations. If you are interested in applying, please contact Madeline Emde for more information. Application deadline is May, 19th.

Watershed News

In the News:

National Wildlife Federation's CEO Colin O'Mara testifies in Congress
Yesterday, Colin O'Mara testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the need for a strong Clean Water Rule that conserves our Nation’s wetlands, streams and rivers for fish, wildlife and communities. Check out our social media coverage and some great photos and quotes on twitter @nwfwater.

Earth Day Beer Partnerships Grow in Popularity
Dew Point Brewery, a DE-based brewery sold its Earth Day Beer, the Red Clay Pale Ale, in honor of Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC) from April 19-23 with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to BRC. The Cape May Brewing Company hosted a special "Earth Day Pint Night" on April 20 during which one dollar from each pint was donated to the Nature Center of Cape May and the Cape May Bird Observatory, both NJ Aubudon Society locations.

Support a Project in the Delaware Watershed in USA Today's Grant Competition
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is part of a nation-wide competition to help fund a floating classroom to bring hands-on lessons about watershed protection and freshwater ecology to students on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake. To check out their project, click here.

Member Resources

WEBINAR: Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden
The EPA is seeking public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome. As part of that effort, the EPA will host a public listening session to obtain additional feedback on water regulatory actions on Tuesday, May 2nd from 11:00am to 2:00pm EST. You must register for the telephone conference online here.

RCA Interactive Data Viewer 
The USDA has put together a data viewing tool that highlights information regarding the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA) that now includes FY 2015 information about the State, Regional, and National Conservation Program reports. This tool includes data on obligations, contracts, and easements, as well as conservation practices applied. The RCA data viewer provides tabular reports, maps, and downloadable data files. 

WEBINAR: EPA's Global Change Explorer Web Tools Collection
On May 31, as a part of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program, the EPA is hosting a webinar to explain a collection of web tools that allow visualization, comparison, and access to spatial data that describe potential environmental change. The three web tools that comprise the Global Change Explorer are land use, watersheds, and deposition. For more information and registration, click here.



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Upcoming Events

4/27  Webinar on Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience
4/27  PA Member Call 3pm, call in # 609-447-2401
4/28  FUDR's One Bug Kick Off Party
4/29  Darby Creek Watershed Cleanup
4/29  Brandywine Creek Clean-up 

5/2    Webinar: Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden
5/6    Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale
5/6    White Clay Creek Fest
5/11  DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee
5/13  Love Your Park Week
5/17  DRBC Regular Quarterly Public Hearing Meeting
5/20  Native Plants for Native Pollinators
5/22  Delaware River Heritage Lecture

For more events, check out our calendar


NYSDEC Technical Assistance Grant Program
The DEC is continuously accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. For for information and to apply, click here.

NJDEP Water Quality Restoration Grant Program
This grant focuses on issues surrounding reducing or eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improving resiliency to storm events like Superstorm Sandy. The efforts can be advanced by implementing NPS pollution reduction strategies, including green infrastructure, living shorelines, and environmental education. Applications due May 4, 2017. For more information, click here.

First Energy STEM Classroom Grant
Educators (Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12) and youth group leaders are eligible to apply if their school or group is located in communities served by FirstEnergy’s electric operating companies or in communities where the company has generating plants. Applications are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year and are due by Friday, September 22, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

CDRW Updates 4.12.17


Spring is in full swing and so are we! We've been pushing forward on multiple fronts including hosting our annual Hill Day trip last week, presenting at the kick-off meeting for the development of Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, and commencing planning our annual Delaware River Watershed Forum. There's a lot packed in here, so please read on for more from around the watershed!

At a glance:

  • CDRW Updates: Special recognition award, Hill Day update, Forum Planning Committee - volunteers needed, DRB Program update
  • Watershed News: Press Highlights, NEPA Environmental Awards, PALTA Conference
  • Member Resources: Elevate your success through the powerful perspective of flight and a new USGS mapping tool
  • Eventsfunding, and 7 new job opportunities!

CDRW Updates

CDRW Earns Special Recognition Award – The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed will be recognized at the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin's 35th Annual Recognition Dinner on April 19th for its work on the successful passage of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act. Our allies in Congress will also be recognized for their work on the bill, including Senator Tom Carper, Congressman Mike Castle, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo.

Delaware River Watershed Hill Day a Success – Last week we hosted our Annual Delaware River Watershed Hill Day. Thirty of our members and partners traveled down with us to attend 31 meetings on Capitol Hill over two days! Our team visited every office in the Basin to advocate for strong funding for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and other federal programs and agencies that help us protect clean water including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Highlands Conservation Act. Our message focused primarily on securing funding for the newly established program for the Delaware to ensure a successful start and that money flows to important projects throughout the watershed. We also emphasized the importance of funding for federal programs and agencies across the board that help keep our nation's waterways clean, ranging from supporting Drinking & Clean Water State Revolving Funds to maintaining NRCS staff levels to implement Farm Bill programs. We collaborated with our partners at the Choose Clean Water Coalition for offices that are in both the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay regions, which helped us convey an even stronger message on the importance of the programs that support our important water resources nationally.

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to join us on Capitol Hill! We had an amazing group of over 30 individuals, representing a wide range of organizations and regions of the Basin to help us tell a collective story about the importance of the Delaware River Watershed. We have many reasons to be encouraged that our Congressional allies will stand up for clean water and the Delaware River Basin funding during the budget process, but we must keep showing them that this is a top priority in our region.

Delaware River Basin Restoration Program – Last month we joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they kicked-off planning efforts for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. Coalition Director Maddy Urbish presented to over 60 attendees, including many of our members, on the Coalition’s work to advance the DRBCA over the past several years. Many of our members were also invited to present, including Grant La Rouche of National Wildlife Federation, Amanda John of National Parks Conservation Association, and Mark Zakutansky of Appalachian Mountain Club. We left the meeting energized by the commitment of nonprofit and government partners to making this program a success and are excited to continue working with USFWS as they develop the framework for the program!

Join our Forum Planning Committee – Help us with planning this year's Delaware River Watershed Forum. Please contact Madeline Emde if you are interested in participating in our planning committee or have any questions.

Watershed News

In the News:

2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference, May 4-6 – Pennsylvania Land Trust Association's conference this year focuses on "Where Land Meets Water". Madeline Emde will present on behalf of CDRW along with Stacy McCormack of the Trust for Public Land, on coalition building and success. To learn more or register, visit their website.

2017 Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Awards – Nominations are now being accepted for awards that recognize the achievements of individuals or organizations that have achieved excellence in environmental protection or conservation. Nominations are due June 162017. For more information and to submit a nomination, click here.

Member Resources

Soar to New Heights with LightHawk – In sharing an aerial perspective, LightHawk flights illustrate conservation opportunities and provide partners with invaluable information. It may seem too good to be true, but their pilots donate their planes, expertise, and fuel to accelerate conservation success and LightHawk's staff help to plan and implement missions with measurable outcomes. LightHawk has worked with many organizations in the Delaware River Watershed and wants to continue their work – they encourage all members of the Coalition to contact them to learn more. For more information, visit their website or contact Jonathan Milne.

USGS Interactive Mapping Tool for Long-term Water Quality Changes – USGS has launched a new interactive mapping tool that provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our Nation’s rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data collected by 74 organizations at almost 1,400 sites has been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams in the 40 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act.


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Upcoming Events

4/13  Webinar: A Unique Tool for Funding Land Conservation Projects with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
4/15  Musconetcong Watershed Association's Spring Clean Up
4/18  Webinar: Assembling Resource Data for Field Inventories: GIS, Imagery, and Other Tools to Get Started
4/22  24th Annal Brandywine River Cleanup
4/27  Webinar on Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience
4/28  FUDR's One Bug Kick Off Party
4/29  Darby Creek Watershed Cleanup

5/4   Pennsylvania Land Conversation Conference - register by April 15
5/6   Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale
5/6   White Clay Creek Fest
5/8   River Rally
5/11 DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee
5/13 Love Your Park Week

For more events, check out our calendar


Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Program – This grant offers up to $4,000 per project to assist transaction costs for permanent land protection projections within the Schuylkill River Watershed. This can include conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, or donations. Applications due April 17, 2017. For more information, click here.

USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Pre-applications due: April 21, 2017. For more information, click here.

NJDEP Water Quality Restoration Grant Program – This grant focuses on issues surrounding reducing or eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improving resiliency to storm events like Superstorm Sandy, which will be advanced by implementing NPS pollution reduction strategies, including green infrastructure, living shorelines, and environmental education. Applications due May 4, 2017. For more information, click here.

CDRW Updates 3.5.17

Over the past few weeks, the Coalition has been hard at work focusing on appropriations for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and getting ready for our big trip to DC next month. Continue reading for more on what we're up to, exciting member news, a new resource to help you enhance your member lists, plus our usual roundup of events, funding, and job announcements.

Coalition News

CDRW Goes to DC – We hope you can join us for our Annual Delaware River Watershed Hill Day on April 4-5th in Washington, DC. As many of you may have heard, the President has proposed big cuts to conservation programs for the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, so it’s more important than ever for us to have a strong, united voice in support of the Delaware River Watershed! For more information or to sign up, contact Madeline Emde.

Delaware River Basin Restoration Program Appropriations – The U.S. House of Representatives is circulating a Dear Colleague letter requesting funds for the DRB Restoration Program. The bipartisan letter, calling for robust funding for the program, is led by Congressman Costello (PA-6) and Congressman Boyle (PA-13). Our staff has reached all members of the watershed’s delegation to encourage them to sign on and will be working with our workgroup to ensure a strong showing from our representatives. We've also shared several opportunities with our members in NJ and PA to submit individual appropriations requests for the program to Reps Dent, Cartwright, Evans, and Watson Coleman. Thank you to everyone who submitted one!

Clean Water Rule – About two weeks ago, the Trump administration signed an Executive Order that directs the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to rescind and revise the Clean Water Rule. Several of our members have spoken out to hold President Trump accountable for his promises of “crystal clear water” while taking action to roll back clean water protections (National Wildlife Federation blogDelaware Nature Society letter to the editor). If you are interested in writing a letter to your local newspaper, please let us know – we’d be happy to provide support, background information, or help you write it!

Elevating Water to its Rightful Place as a National Priority – Coalition Director, Maddy Urbish, recently attended a meeting in Washington DC to discuss strategies for elevating water issues nationally. The event, hosted by National Wildlife Federation and National Parks Conservation Association, brought together national and regional organizations working on water issues to begin mapping out a strategy based on other successful efforts including the public lands movement, anti-bullying campaigns, and the movement for marriage equality. Our coalition will continue to participate in these efforts and provide updates to you all as this work develops.

Member News

Member Spotlight: UrbanTrekkers

Watch how UrbanTrekkers is connecting Camden youth with the Cooper River!

Searching for Trout on the Kittatinny – Learn about Trout Unlimited's efforts to survey and protect streams in Eastern Pennsylvania in this new blog.

New Jersey Audubon calls on Congress to defend the Endangered Species Act – Read more in this letter to the editor by CDRW steering committee member, Kelly Mooij.

Delaware Master Gardeners take part in Water Warrior workshop – Check out this article that discusses the importance of clean water and the Clean Water Campaign led by the Delaware Nature Society and the Clean Water Alliance.

Time for spring cleaning in the Delaware River Basin – The DRBC has put together a list of events and cleanups going on in the basin, with many from our member organizations including Darby Creek Valley AssociationPennypack Ecological Trust, and more! Check out their full list here.

3rd Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards, April 7th– PennFuture and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are celebrating the accomplishments of five women in conservation. At the event, Sue Currier, former Executive Director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and CDRW steering committee member, will receive the Woman of the Delaware River Watershed Award. Edie Stevens, a board member of CDRW member Brodhead Water Association, will receive the Woman with Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award. Congratulations Sue and Edie! 

Member Resources

Get Your Member List "Enhanced:" Conservation Voters of PA and New Jersey LCV invite you to participate in their next List Enhancement. They will match your supporter list to the national voter file, and return demographic, geographic, and constituent model scores. It can mean more phone numbers, DOBs, county and other geographic insights to help you strategically segment your supporters! 
Files are due Friday, March 24. Contact with questions and find out how to get started. 

Upcoming Events

3/22  Rainwater Harvesting
3/25  Annual Red Clay Valley Clean Up
3/25  Abbotts Marshland Clean Up

4/4    Delaware River Hill Day
4/9    TTF's Annual Healthy Trails 5K run/walk
4/8    Copeland Seminar: Attracting Birds & Wildlife To Your Garden
4/15  Musconetcong Watershed Association's Spring Clean Up

5/6  Pennsylvania Land Conversation Conference - register by April 15
5/8  River Rallyearly bird registration ends April 7


Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Partnership, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – The USDA is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities. Funding will be provided as a part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a Farm Bill conservation program. Proposals must be submitted to NRCS state offices by April 24, 2017. For more information, click here.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Scholarship – Every year the Delaware Highlands Conservancy awards two scholarships to local high school seniors, the “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship,” both in the amount of $1,000. For more information, click here.


Advocacy Campaign Manager, Delaware Nature Society (DE) – DNS is seeking a Campaign Manager to lead a collaborative effort to build public awareness around the importance of water quality, increase and protect funding for wildlife, and improve or reform legislative and regulatory actions related to energy sustainability. For more information, click here.

Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, The Appalachian Mountain Club (PA) – AMC is seeking a policy manager to lead their government affairs and coalition-based work on conservation and recreation issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region. For more information, click here.

Part-Time Lab Positions, The City of Wilmington (DE) – Two temporary and part-time positions are available to assist with water sampling and testing. For more information and to apply please email Martha Narvaez at

Teacher Naturalist, New Jersey Audubon Society (NJ) – NJA is seeking a naturalist to provide natural science programs to schools, interested groups, and the general public. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications due April 15th.

Air Quality, Energy, and Sustainability Internship (unpaid), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ) –  During their internships, students have an opportunity to explore the various AQES offices, as well as present their research and findings to upper management. For more information, click here. Applications due March 31.

Conservation Leadership Academy (PA) – The Lacawac Sanctuary is hosting a week-long residential camp for high school students filled with fun, adventure, and hands-on learning. The camp begins Sunday, June 25, at Lacawac Sanctuary which is near Lake Wallenpaupack. The camp will accept 16 students and those interested are invited to apply by April 28 for Conservation Leadership Academy. For more information, click here.

CDRW Updates 2.27.17

CDRW Updates

CDRW Annual Member Meeting – We had a big turnout at last week's meeting with over 50 individuals, representing 40 of our member organizations. The meeting was a great opportunity to catch up with many of you and to reflect on all that we have achieved together this year! Below is a quick summary of the day, you can also view the presentations online.

Our staff provided the group with an overview of our accomplishments and quick look towards what we have ahead in 2017, including our Annual Delaware River Watershed Hill Day coming up April 4-5. Steering Committee member Grant La Rouche of National Wildlife Federation then walked us through our 2017 priorities, which were approved unanimously by the Coalition by voice vote.

Kristin Zilcosky of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania/New Jersey League of Conservation Voters gave a great talk about a new project they are working with CDRW on to provide resources to our member organizations. Find out more in our member resources section below.

The day wrapped up with an update and discussion on the new Delaware River Basin Restoration Program led by Michael Slattery and Sheila Eyler of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We have been working closely with them to make sure the nonprofit groups doing on-the-ground work have a voice in what this program looks like and this was a great chance for them to hear directly from some of our members.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last week!

CDRW in the News – Check out this op-ed on the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act from our very own Maddy Urbish in the Star Ledger, including a big thank you to Senator Cory Booker for his leadership in Congress.

DRBC Meeting Updates – Maddy Urbish recently attended two DRBC meetings on behalf of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed; the Regulated Flow Advisory Committee and the DRBC's most recent Public Hearing

  • RFAC – For the past five years NY, NJ, DE, PA, and NYC have failed to reach a required unanimous agreement on a long-term improved Flexible Flow Management Plan (management plan for the NYC Delaware River basin reservoirs), resulting in five consecutive 1-year extensions of an unchanged plan. At the most recent meeting, New Jersey announced that it is "not able to commit to a one-year extension of the current FFMP, as other options are being more seriously considered if reform is not achievable." Read more about what this means in an update from our partners at Friends of the Upper Delaware

  • Public Hearing – The DRBC held a public hearing on Feb. 15th that was filled to capacity by groups and individuals opposed to natural gas drilling (hydraulic fracturing or fracking) in the Delaware River Basin. Shortly prior to the meeting, news came out that there was a meeting with DRBC Commissioners in which they "provided direction to the commission related to the next steps for regulatory actions" around natural gas drilling, though the details of those directions are still not public. Many people made public comments during the meeting on the 15th urging the DRBC to not lift the moratorium on drilling in the watershed. You can read a more detailed report by the Associated Press here. There is a business meeting scheduled on March 15th and the DRBC recently announced that all of the public comment slots have been filled - you can view the agenda here

Member & Watershed News

Welcome to our newest members!

Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads Named 2017 Environmental Advocate of the Year – The Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter, named Jaclyn Rhodes the 2017 Environmental Advocate of the Year. Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads has been a longtime champion for one of our Coalition's member organizations, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, as their Assistant Executive Director. She is also the President of another one of our members, the Darby Creek Valley Association. Congratulations Jaclyn!

The William Penn Foundation Names Shawn McCaney Executive Director – Shawn McCaney joined the Foundation in 2003 and most recently served as director of national initiatives and the Foundation’s Creative Communities grant program. He served as interim executive director since November 2016. “The board of directors and Haas family are delighted that Shawn will serve as our leader. His depth of experience, insight, enthusiasm, and commitment to the Foundation and its work render him an ideal choice,” said William Penn Foundation Board Chair Janet Haas.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Earns National Land Trust Accreditation  – Delaware Highlands Conservancy has been working throughout the Upper Delaware River region since 1994 and has renewed its land trust accreditation. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has protected nearly 15,000 acres of working farms and forests, clean waters, and wildlife habitat to date in Pennsylvania and New York, and offers year-round educational programming to connect people to nature and cultivate stewardship of regional lands.

Member Resources


Upcoming webinar:

  • Wednesday, March 1 at 11 am-12 pm

Please contact to RSVP and receive call-in instructions.

Webinar: Public Health Impacts of Nitrate and Other Drinking Water Contaminants – In case you missed it, National Water Quality Monitoring Council gave a webinar entitled: Public Health Impacts of Nitrate and other Drinking Water Contaminants: Implications for Source Water Protection."  The webinar discussed research supporting linkages between long-term exposure to nitrate in drinking water and certain cancers, as well as other pertinent topics to source water protection and nutrient pollution. If interested, you can watch a recorded and transcribed version of the webinar at your convenience here. The slides from the presentation are also available on their website.

Academy of Natural Science Releases New Mapping Tool – ANS recently rolled out the Stream Reach Assessment Tool (SRAT), which displays nutrient loading, land use, and point source data across the Delaware River Basin. Check it out at

Upcoming Events

3/1-   Protecting & Promoting National Parks & the Delaware River
3/1-   Webinar: Learn About a Series of New Constituent Data Models
3/1-   One Water Webinar: Thriving Cities Tackle One Water Management
3/5-   2017 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations
3/102017 Delaware Estuary Corporate and Community Partner Breakfast
3/15Public Hearing: DRBC Draft Resolution to Recognize Significant Water Quality Improvements in the Delaware River Estuary
3/16- Strengthening Your Advocacy and Community Organizing

3/4-  Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference
3/8-  River Rally

Find more events on our calendar.


Resilient Communities Program – Wells Fargo and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) just launched the Resilient Communities Program, designed to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems by investing in green infrastructure and other measures. The program will focus on water quality and quantity declines, forest health concerns, and sea level rise. The program will emphasize community inclusion and assistance to traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas. Pre-proposals are due March 30, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

Scholarship: 2017 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program – PA American Water is now accepting applications for students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science. The company will award scholarships of $1,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program’s application process. Applications are due March 24. For more information and to apply, click here.

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey's Scholarship Program – Two scholarships are awarded: the Russell W. Myers Scholarship and the Rogers Family Scholarship. Applicants must be studying environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, horticulture, park administration, or a related field will be selected. Applications are due April 1. For more information and to apply, click here.


Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic conservation advocate and public policy professional to lead their government affairs and coalition-based work on conservation and recreation issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region, based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information and to apply, click here.

Conservation Programs Manager, The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is seeking a manager to oversee and support key conservation programs of the Watershed that bring together our land and water resources management work with community education and engagement. Application deadline: March 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

Program Coordinator, New Jersey Future is looking for a Program Coordinator to focus on communications, serve as staff to implementation committees, and administer member relations for Jersey Water Works -- a large and growing collaborative that is mobilizing members to transform the state’s inadequate water infrastructure. For more information and to apply, click here.

Environmental Education Intern, Pocono Environmental Education Center is looking for an intern to handle responsibilities such as planning and delivering education programs, developing program activities, and administrative duties. Internship length will be 3-4 months with a weekly stipend plus room and board. For more information and to apply, click here.

Stewardship Project Director, New Jersey Audubon Society is seeking a Project Director for the Cape NJ area to lead a team of conservation professionals as they work to conserve and restore wildlife and habitat across three broad landscapes; forests and farms, coasts and wetlands and cities and towns. For more information and to apply, click here.

Outdoor Supervisor Position, Musconetcong Watershed Association is seeking a part-time position for March - September to assist in caring for the native plantings at the River Resource Center as well as coordinate volunteers for outdoor work, prepare plants and materials for MWA's Native Plant Sale, and more. For more information and to apply, click here.

Public Works Engineer I, The City of Newark's Public Works and Water Resources Department is seeking a dynamic and technically skilled engineer to join its vibrant progressive operations. Application is due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

CDRW Updates 1.26.17

CDRW Updates

Member Meeting – We hope you can join us for our annual member meeting on February 23 at the Independence Seaport Museum! This is an opportunity to learn about the Coalition's work, vote on our 2017 policy priorities, discuss future efforts, and meet other Coalition members. This year we will also be joined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to discuss the newly formed Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. Please take a minute to RSVP, if you haven't already.

2017 Coalition Priorities – The Coalition identifies watershed-wide priorities each year through a nomination and adoption process with its members. The following updates were approved by the Steering Committee this month and will go to the full Coalition for adoption at our Annual Member Meeting on February 23rd. View 2017 Priority Nominations.

Delaware River Basin Restoration Program – We are encouraged to see that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already hit the ground running by dedicating staff and resources to begin implementing the planning phase of the new program established by the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act. Our staff have been working hard to make sure the voice of the nonprofit community is a part of this process and have shared a list of all of our member organizations with USFWS. We're also excited to have them join us at our Annual Member Meeting in February where they can hear directly from you.

We will simultaneously work to ensure the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program is funded by Congress. CDRW's Director, Maddy Urbish is traveling to DC next week to kick off these efforts and we hope to meet with all members of Congress representing our watershed at our annual Delaware River Watershed Hill Day on April 4-5 (more details to come)!

DRBCA Press Roundup – In December and January we celebrated the passage of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act and our congressional champions who helped make this happen at events throughout the watershed. A BIG 'thank you' toFriends of the Upper Delaware, Delaware Nature Society, and PennFuture for helping to pull these together! Here's a quick roundup of some of the press coverage from this past month.

CDRW Welcomes Derek Noah – Derek Noah has joined the Coalition as an intern for the spring semester to provide additional support for our work. Derek is currently a working towards his Master of Science degree in sustainability management at Columbia University in New York City and has an Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics from Rutgers University. 

Member News

Welcome to our newest members!

PennFuture joins forces with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania to create a stronger and more effective environmental movement in the Commonwealth. With the policy, advocacy, and legal resource of PennFuture and the political strength of Conservation Voters of PA, this new partnership will give them the tools they need to fight for Pennsylvania’s air, land, water, and climate. Together, the two organizations represent more than 80,000 people in Pennsylvania!

River Network Webinar: Board Recruitment and Succession: How to Develop and Maintain an Exceptional Board – Our friends at the Choose Clean Water Coalition in the Chesapeake Bay region have opened up one of their capacity building webinars to members of our coalition. Please see the below description for more information and how to join. If you have any questions please contact Madeline Emde at

  • Feb 1, 2017 11:00 am
  • Link to join
  • Webinar call in: 1-800-944-8766; access code:74389#

One of the most important factors for achieving and maintaining organizational health is attracting and retaining skillful and engaged leaders – the Board of Directors. This webinar will cover the very deliberate process of recruiting Board members. We will explore the role the Nominating Committee plays in the process, and the steps to take to be ready for a smooth transition in Board leadership. There are critical and specific actions that an organization needs to take throughout the year to grow and renew the Board as well as plan for leadership transitions. During this webinar we will share some examples and tools to help you install the necessary structures for ensuring a healthy Board of Directors.

Schuylkill Water Stewards – Want to learn more about the issues facing our local streams, and be part of a network of dedicated, water quality volunteers?  Sign up for the Schuylkill Water Stewards training program, which takes place over five classes in March and April. Learn more and join here.

Upcoming Events

1/26 at 6:30pm Webinar: Economic Costs of the PennEast Pipeline
1/31 at 8:00am Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes
2/7 at 10:00am DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee Meeting
2/16 at 10:00am DRBC Regulated Flow Advisory Committee Meeting
2/16 at 6:30pm Complying with New Jersey’s Stormwater Regulations
2/23 at 11:00am Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed Annual Member Meeting

3/1 at 6:30pm Protecting & Promoting National Parks & the Delaware River
3/5 at 1:15pm 2017 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations


Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – USDA announced a $252 million federal funding project for conservation partners for locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. USDA is now accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 RCPP funding. Pre-proposals are due April 21. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDG) – The EPA funds opportunities to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution. WPDGs assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs to protect, manage and restore wetlands. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are typically put out in the spring time. For more information click here.


Program Coordinator, New Jersey Future – New Jersey Future is looking for a Program Coordinator for the Jersey Water Works collaborative. The coordinator will develop communications to Jersey Water Works members and its larger network via multiple channels, including e-newsletters, social media and the collaborative’s website. For more information click here.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Water Science & Policy Program – The University of Delaware is seeking two highly motivated Graduate Research Assistants (MS or PhD) on a new project investigating the input and fate of nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) from streambank legacy sediments and their implications for water quality. The project will also investigate sediment microbial communities and their role/function in nutrient cycling. For more details, click here.

Part-Time Education Director, American Littoral Society– Seeking a part-time (24 hours per week) Education Director from March 6 through June 30, 2017). The position will involve managing projects that educate students and the public on concepts related to coastal resiliency and coastal ecology. Applications are due by February 6. For more information and to apply, click here.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy – This positions creates and implements marketing and communications projects, including publications, media relations and strategic events for the Delaware business unit to help advance the conservation, fundraising, and outreach goals and objectives of the organization. Applications due by January 31. For more information and to apply, click here.

Teacher/Naturalist Internship, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association – Seeking fill two PAID positions as Teacher-Naturalist Interns in the Education Department. The internship provides training and experience in a wide range of environmental education activities. For more information and to apply, click here.

CDRW Updates 12.21.16

Alright 2016 - that's a wrap! Please read on for a note from our Director and news from the watershed including an event being held tomorrow to celebrate the DRBCA. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful 2017!

Message from the Director

I want to take a brief moment to thank you all for the incredible work you do on a daily basis here in the watershed. Whether it's installing riparian buffers along critical tributaries, educating the community on stormwater management, helping landowners implement agricultural BMPs on their farms, advocating for clean water funding and policies at the state and national levels, or the other great work you're responsible for, your efforts are truly making the Delaware River Basin a better place for people, fish, and wildlife.

We are thrilled to see the passage and enactment of the DRBCA earlier this month, but our work is far from finished. We must work to ensure the new Delaware River Basin Restoration Program is funded by Congress in 2017 and that the NGO community has a voice with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the program is developed. We know that we have hard work ahead of us defending the progress made over the past several years while also pushing forward on protecting clean water. We also know that our work in the states is incredibly important and we have great opportunities in the coming year to advance conservation efforts at the local and state level.

Our Coalition will continue to serve as a resource for you and our partners in the watershed in sharing information and coordinating and organizing efforts to advocate for a healthy Delaware River Basin. I congratulate you on all that you have accomplished in 2016 and sincerely look forward to working with you in the new year!

Maddy Urbish

CDRW Updates

Delaware River Basin Conservation Act signed by President Obama – 
Last Friday, President Obama officially signed the DRBCA into law as part of a larger legislative package known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Read our full press release on our website. This is the final hurdle in securing authorizing language for the first-ever federal program focused on restoration of the entire Delaware River Watershed.

Press on the DRBCA – The passage of the DRBCA has received significant media coverage since passing, including an op-ed today from National Wildlife Federation's Collin O'Mara, and an article from New Jersey Audubon published in the Atlantic City press.

Tomorrow, CDRW's state lead in New York, Friends of the Upper Delaware River, will be hosting a press conference with Representative Gibson celebrating this victory and it's importance for the Upper Delaware Region. For details of tomorrow's event, click here. We are hoping to celebrate with events in each of the other states in the new year!

CDRW reaches 100 members – Welcome to our newest members Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society Chapter Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

Member & Watershed NewsThe 7th edition of the Model Grant of Conservation Easements – The PA Land Trust Alliance released the latest update of the Model Grant of Conservation Easement and Declaration of Covenants after a year and a half

New EPA report on Fracking – The EPA recently released a study on Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. As part of the report, EPA identified conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe as well as uncertainties and gaps in scientific data. Access the report here.

NPCA Celebrates the passage of National Parks Bill – National Park Service Centennial Act will expand the Centennial Challenge, establish and fund a national parks endowment, and provide additional opportunities for young people and volunteers to serve in and learn from our parks.The Delaware River Watershed is home to our country's most visited National Park units, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area,  more than 400 miles of National Wild and Scenic Rivers, and six National Wildlife Refuges.

Upcoming Events

  • Press conference tomorrow (12/22) in Hancock, NY with Friends of the Upper Delaware and Congressman Chris Gibson. We hope to see you there!

  • Please save the date for our Coalition's annual member meeting on February 23 - more information coming soon!

  • The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is having their biennial Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit on January 22-25 in Cape May, NJ - Register soon before rates increase on January 2.


Catalyst Planing Grants in the Delaware Watershed – OSI recently announced the release a Request for Proposals for Round 2 of their Catalyst Planning Grant Program, part of the Delaware River Watershed Initative. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for work with regional government agencies to integrate water quality into strategic planning, such as open space plans, ordinances, or other mechanisms for protection. Applications due by March 1, 2017

Environmental Education Grants, Captain Planet Foundation – The Captain Planet Foundation funds small grants to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Additional information here Applications due by January 31, 2017

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities  – The goal of this program is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds by: developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection; building the sustainable organizational infrastructure and long-term funding commitments; and supporting innovative or catalytic projects that accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts. Addiotonal information available here. Applications due byFebruary 1, 2017.

Jobs/InternshipsDelaware Watershed Fellowship Coordinator, Audubon PA – Audubon Pennsylvania is collaborating with other local environmental centers in an effort to build a network focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed, as part of a network of 23 environmental centers spread across the Delaware River Watershed and interconnected by multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). They currently seek a Program Coordinator to support a new Watershed Fellowship program created to advance our collective impact across the watershed. For full description, click here.

CDRW Updates 11.8.16

Capital Grants for the Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund

The Open Space Institute recently announce Round IV of Capital Grants for the Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund. These Capital Grants support the permanent protection of intact forest lands that safeguard water quality and aquifer recharge in five focus areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Proposals are due by 5 pm on December 8 - you can read the full Request for Proposals here. OSI will also be hosting a free webinar on November 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, to review the application process and to answer any questions (registration link).

2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants 

Additionally, the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants Program announced its 2017 request for proposals. This program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Proposals are due January 31, 2017 - for more information click here. Additional information about the program and the application process will be discussed during a free webinar on November 15 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (registration link).

Help us Thank Our Delaware River Watershed Champions in Congress

A letter supporting the DRBCA and four other regional program authorizations was sent to congressional leadership last week from a bipartisan group of 58 Senators and Representatives, including 19 members from the Delaware River Watershed. The letter, which can be viewed here, calls on congressional leadership to include the DRBCA and the other programs in the final Water Resources Development Act conference report, much like our letter that we sent two weeks ago (with over 65 organizations signed on to it). We sent out social media thank-yous to all of the members that joined the letter as well as emails to the staff – please feel free to retweet our messages, which you can view here. The letter included the following DRW delegation members:

  • Sen. Booker (NJ)
  • Sen. Carper (DE)
  • Sen. Casey (PA)
  • Sen. Coons (PA)
  • Sen. Gillibrand (NY)
  • Sen. Menendez (NJ)
  • Sen. Schumer (NY)
  • Rep. Boyle (PA-13)
  • Rep. Brady (PA-1)
  • Rep. Carney (DE-At Large)
  • Rep. Cartwright (PA-17)
  • Rep. Costello (PA-6)
  • Rep. Dent (PA-15)
  • Rep. Gibson (NY-19)
  • Rep. Hanna (NY-22)
  • Rep. LoBiondo (NJ-2)
  • Rep. MacArthur (NJ-3)
  • Rep. Norcross (NJ-1)
  • Rep. Watson Coleman (NJ-12)

CDRW Updates 10.27.16

We've had a busy month raising awareness for our watershed and the resources it provides, and have lots to report. Please read on for exciting news from member blog posts and published op-eds to additional opportunities to support our conservation priorities and resources for your organizations. We are also very excited to welcome on 7 new members to our growing Coalition!

CDRW Updates

Delaware River Basin Conservation Act Sign On – We are thrilled to report that 65 organizations signed onto our letter calling on Congress to include the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act in the final conference report for the Water Resources Development Act! Thank you to all the organizations who joined us on this letter. Your loud and clear message lets Congress know that there is a substantial number committed stakeholders who care about this watershed.

Policy Priorities – Members of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed are invited to propose policy priorities that will be advanced over the upcoming year. The priorities will guide the advocacy, messaging and communications, aand organizing efforts of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and the work that our staff does on a daily basis. These will be reviewed by our Policy Committee before approval at our Annual meeting coming up in 2017. To nominate a priority for the Coalition's consideration, please fill out this online form

Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition Letter – The LWCF Coalition is currently circulating a sign-on letter to support permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Similar to the DRBCA, permanent authorization of this critical program passed the Senate as part a larger bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, but was not included in the House. Click here to show your support for this important source of funding for our nations parks and recreational resources, big and small. Coalition staff will also be traveling down to Washington DC next month to advocate for this program with the LWCF Coalition.

Welcome to our newest members!

  • Delaware Currents
  • Friends of Cherry Valley
  • Hancock Partners, Inc.
  • New Jersey Future
  • New Jersey Highlands Coalition
  • Primrose Creek Watershed Association
  • UrbanTrekkers

Member & Watershed NewsNJ Audubon In the News – Check out this great opinion piece published in the Courier Post by New Jersey Audubon President and CEO, Eric Stiles, on the importance of the Delaware River Watershed and passing the DRBCA. 

Yo-Yo Releases in the Upper Delaware – Earlier this week, a combination of uncertain weather and reservoir releases raised concerns over flow issues in the Upper Delaware Region. Read this update from FUDR Executive Director, Jeff Skelding.

Musconetcong Watershed Association – MWA's Executive Director, Beth Styler Barry, is moving on to The Nature Conservancy. Beth has been an active member of our steering committee and important voice in our watershed - join us in wishing her the best in this next chapter!  MWA will be hosting an evening of friendship and food to say thank you for 12 great years. Visit their website, for more information about this event.

Congratulations to Philadelphia Water on 5 Years of Green City, Clean Waters – In just five years, Philadelphia has "greened" hundred of acres, keeping more than 1.5 billion gallons of polluted water out of our rivers each year. Read more about this success of this program and what it means for our watershed in our latest blog post from PennFuture's Alice Baker.

AMC's Finish the Business Campaign – Appalachian Mountain Club launched a campaign earlier this month to advance conservation-focused legislation and policies before the end of 2016 including one of our top priorities, the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act! Share on social media using #FinishTheBusiness.

EPCAMR Advocates for Act to Support Coal Communities, Environmental Remediation, and Watershed Restoration  – Learn about the work Coalition member, EPCAMR, is doing in our watershed and why abandoned mine reclamation is important for clean water in this guest blog.

2017 Watershed Congress (call for presenters) – The Watershed Congress Organizing Committee is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 2017 Watershed Congress, scheduled for March 11th at the Montgomery County Community College. Submissions due Oct 31, all applications must be submitted online.

PALTA Accepting Conference Workshop Proposals  Planning for the 2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference has begun!  Experts in land and farmland preservation, stewardship, water protection, stream and wetlands restoration, stormwater management as well as organizational development, communications/outreach and other relevant topics are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, roundtables, and seminars. Learn more on their website (applications due by November 4th).

Upcoming Events

11/2 & 11/10 at 1 pm – Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange Webinar Series: Funding Source Water Protection
11/3 at 6 pm – Water Warriors Backyard Tips and Tricks Training
11/9 at 1:30 pm – Delaware River Basin Commission Public Hearing
11/14 at 5pm – Partnership for the Delaware Estuary's Oyster Happy Hour
11/17 at 5:30 pm – PennFuture's Post-Election Forum: The Future of Pennsylvania’s Environment

Find more watershed events on our calendar

FundingFunding Commitment to Accelerate Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Reductions – Earlier this month, partners including EPA and USDA announced a joint State-Federal strategy aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in Pennsylvania, with a focus on the Cheasapeake Bay Watershed. Read more about these funding opportunities here.

Funding Webinars – The national Source Water Collaborative has created two webinars (11/211/10) as part of their Learning Exchange to provide inspiration, specific resources and guidance on funding for source water protection and watershed restoration. Note, the webinar on November 10th will feature the Schuylkill Action Network! 

Jobs/InternshipsStewardship Manager, Delaware River City Corporation – The DCC has an exciting opportunity for a bright and enthusiastic individual to be its Stewardship Manager. This position is based out of Philadephia and is responsible for managing the built environment of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway. Click here for more information.

Water Resources Engineer/Planner, Delaware River Basin Commission –The Commission is seeking a Water Resource professional with a background in engineering, planning or science to work in the Water Resource Planning Section. Applications are due by November 18th. Click here for more information.

Mid Atlantic Organizer, Trout Unlimited (Deadline extended) – 
In the Delaware River Basin and other high-value watersheds in the Mid-Atlantic region, development pressures from energy production and transmission pose risks by leading campaigns that result in the protection of important coldwater habitats. The Mid-Atlantic Organizer will work with multiple stakeholders, including working closely with TU volunteers and other hunters and anglers, who are among the most effective advocates for conservation when given opportunities to engage with decision-makersFor more information, click here.