A Summer of Celebration: The Delaware’s Treasured Tributaries!
By Courtney Krier, Communications Intern at CDRW
It would be difficult to find a person living in or visiting the Delaware River Watershed who does not have a memory connecting them to the Delaware River main stem or one of its tributaries. Whether it’s sitting outside on a warm summer’s night by the waterside with a cold drink in hand, splashing joyfully with your friends in the cool creek water to beat the heat, or finally catching that monstrous striper that you swear has been avoiding you for years. If you live along the Schuylkill River (PA), the Christina River (DE), the Neversink River (NY), the Rancocas Creek (NJ), or any of the 216 Delaware River tributaries, there’s always outdoor adventure to be had.
With Summer 2019 finally here, watershed residents and tourists alike will be flocking out to the water once more for relaxation, recreation, and sport. It is with that in mind that the Coalition for the Delaware River is launching the first-ever Delaware’s Treasured Tributaries Twitter contest. The contest will shine a spotlight on some of these creeks, streams, and rivers and allow those who cherish them to voice their own opinions.
Starting July 22, the Coalition will be running a Twitter-based competition that will allow you to vote for your favorite Delaware River Watershed waterway. Twice a week, on Monday and Thursday, two tributaries will be spotlighted. This will be followed by a poll through which friends and followers can vote on the tributary that means the most to them. Do you have memories of your family camping, barbecuing, or lounging by a local waterway? Vote for it! The Delaware River tributary that receives the most votes will move onto the next round until an overall winner is chosen in August.
The tributary that wins the competition will be honored through a month of awareness on the Coalition’s social media pages. For the month, every week we will create content that highlights stories and facts about the winning tributary – sharing your love of the waterway with thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook. We will also work with our Coalition member organizations to write a blog about the tributary that will be published on www.delriverwatershed.org and promoted in newsletters.
Are you curious if your local creek is part of the Delaware River Watershed? Here’s some valuable information: Ranging from rushing rivers to trickling creeks, the watershed covers more than 14,000 square miles within the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Some well-known tributaries include Lackawaxen River (PA), Little Delaware River (NY), and Brandywine Creek (PA/DE). The Delaware River begins in the Catskill Mountains of New York and meanders down through the states from there, splitting off into its numerous tributaries before emptying out into the Delaware Bay. For a full list of tributaries, click here.
Now that you’ve confirmed your local creek is indeed a #TreasuredTributary, you can nominate it for the competition! To do so, simply [click here] and reply to the tweet with your tributary of choice. Afterwards, share the tweet so that your friends and followers can also have a chance to nominate their local tributary!
Note: A valid Twitter account is required to nominate a waterway within the Delaware River Watershed and to vote in each phase of the contest. The Coalition for the Delaware River reserves the right to alter the Treasured Tributary contest rules at any time.