CDRW Updates 2.22.2016

Dear CDRW members,

We are hosting our annual Delaware River Watershed Hill Day on March 3rd to educate members of Congress on the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act and other important issues facing our Watershed. We hope you can join us for a day in Washington DC to help raise awareness of this vital resource for our region. This is a very powerful and visible way for the Delaware River Watershed to get noticed on Capitol Hill and to tell your members in Congress how the DRBCA would help the work you’re doing! CDRW is coordinating meetings with Congressional offices throughout the watershed and will provide all attendees with materials and talking points. If you are interested in attending or have further questions, please contact Maddy Urbish at See attached flyer for more information.

Please see additional updates and news below.

Thank you & hope to see you in DC!

Maddy & Madeline


CDRW Updates

Member Survey – Thanks again for everyone who came to our member meeting a few weeks ago. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out our member survey yet, please take a minute tell us how we are doing!


Member Updates

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association  – In recent months, WVWA led an effort to enlist 16 local municipalities that all fall within the Wissahickon’s watershed to sign on to talks to form a regional clean water partnership. Nearly all have formally signed on to the partnership, which is meant to bring those municipalities, and four sewer authorities located in that area, together with Montgomery County’s Planning Commission, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to develop a comprehensive, regional plan to improve the watershed and protect the creek. Read more, in this article.



Water Resources Career Night, DE – The University of Delaware Student Chapter of the Delaware Section of the American Water Resource Association is hosting a career night on February 26th at 6pm. This event will feature a panel discussion in which professionals will describe their industry and personal experiences. Information will be shared on how to build a career in water resources in today’s job market. Panelists include federal and state government, environmental engineering, non-engineering consulting, education and outreach, policy, academic, early-career, and late-career professionals. Please see attached flyer for more information.

National Parks BioBlitz, DE – The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service are currently recruiting field biologists and naturalists to participate in the National Parks BioBlitz on May 20-21, 2016.  Volunteers will help to document the biodiversity of the Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park and share knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with students, teachers, and the general public. The event is part of a nationwide celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and First State National Historical Park has been selected as a showcase event for the Northeast Region of the NPS! Register to indicate your interest in participating and tell us more about your areas of expertise and availability; registration deadline February 29th.

Stream Investigation & Design  Workshop, NJ – This workshop will introduce the methodologies and procedures for initiating, planning, analyzing, and ultimately designing long-term sustainable river and stream stabilization, or restoration projects.  Learn more about innovative, environmentally sensitive, and cost-effective approaches to restoration, as well as get hear about examples through case studies.  Field trips will also give participants the opportunity to observe how practices perform and develop conceptual designs for future projects. The workshop will be held March 7-9 at the Rutgers Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown, NJ; registration is $350. For more information please contact Grace Messinger or Marcus Gray

For more events; please see our calendar on our new website. As a reminder the password to access the member page is CDRWmember1.



Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants – NOAA is soliciting applications for projects that support fish habitat restoration projects that use an ecosystem-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish populations, contributing to ecosystem and community resilience. The funding opportunity will focus on projects that will aid in recovering Endangered Species Act-listed species and rebuilding sustainable fish populations or their prey. Application Deadline: April 6, 2016. For more information, click here.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants (319 Grants), NJ –  319 grants provide funding to reduce water quality impairment through implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects. The NJ DEP is requesting proposals from organizations and governmental entities for the purpose of implementing: approved watershed based plans orTMDLs in the Barnegat Bay and the non-tidal Raritan River Watersheds; green infrastructure projects; and natural solutions, such as the creation of living shorelines, to address erosion and water quality issues. Application Deadline: March 11, 2016. For more information, click here.

Capital Grants for the Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund – OSI recently announced the 3rd round of Capital Grants for the DRWPF, these would 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. For full Request for Proposals, click here. OSI will also be hosting a webinar on February 24, from 1:00 pm – 2:30pm, to review the application process and to answer questions; to register for the free webinar, click here. Application Deadline: March 19, 2016.



Delaware Bayshore Program Director, NJ – The American Littoral Society, a national, membership-based coastal conservation organization based in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is seeking a Director for its Delaware Bayshore Program. The position is based out of Millville, New Jersey. Application Deadline: March 10, 2016. For more information please see full announcement.


Madeline Emde
Assistant Coordinator
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed
204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
C: 609-558-3152