A Summer of Celebration: The Delaware’s Treasured Tributaries!

A Summer of Celebration: The Delaware’s Treasured Tributaries!

 By Courtney Krier, Communications Intern at CDRW

Schuylkill River (PA)

Schuylkill River (PA)

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.

Rancocas Creek (NJ)

Rancocas Creek (NJ)

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.

Courtesy of the Delaware River Basin Commission

Courtesy of the Delaware River Basin Commission

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.

Five Years Strong: Delaware’s Water Warriors Continue to Rally for Clean Water

The Delaware River Watershed is no stranger to water quality and flooding issues. In Delaware, the need for sustainable clean water is growing. After all, 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways are considered impaired and communities across the state, many of which are underserved, face chronic flooding. As the need for clean water funding grows, state and local budgets decrease, leaving a large gap between funding and statewide needs. Delaware Nature Society (DNS) has studied and advocated for Delaware’s water quality for decades and concluded that it would take a grassroots advocacy and education effort to push for much needed funding. So, in 2015 DNS brought together a core group of conservation organizations and pitched the idea of building a statewide outreach and education campaign to grow a strong, unified voice for clean water funding.

New Jersey Falls Short in Funding the Delaware River Basin Commission

In the just-released New Jersey 2020 fiscal year budget, funding fell $200,000 short for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a four-state agency charged with overseeing water quality and quantity of the Delaware River Basin. In response, the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, a network of over 140 nonprofits located within the four states of the Basin (NY, NJ, PA, DE) have prepared the following statement.

CDRW Comes to Harrisburg: 2019 Pennsylvania Clean Water Education Day

On May 1, 2019, the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) and Choose Clean Water (CCW) joined forces to storm Harrisburg for the second annual Pennsylvania Clean Water Education Day spearheaded by PennFuture. In total, about thirty individuals from both organizations came together during at the state capitol to educate lawmakers in a series of meetings, literature drop-offs, and a press conference highlighting the importance of clean water. Twenty-three meetings with Pennsylvania senators and house members were held that day along with thirty literature drop-offs. With 13 million people relying on the Delaware River Basin for water, clean water must take priority for the health, safety, and the economy of the region.

Benefits to Delaware River Watershed Communities from the Land & Water Conservation Fund

With the spring weather breaking into warm summer days, now is the perfect time to enjoy the green, open spaces of the watershed. The Delaware River Watershed has become a haven for outdoor recreation, from hiking and biking to watercraft activities like kayaking and tubing. Outdoor recreation in the watershed not only brings families together for memorable bonding experiences, but it succeeds in bringing together like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Preservation of green, open spaces is an asset to communities while also making economic sense, since outdoor recreation brings in $887 billion annually on a national level. Safeguarding recreation by conserving outdoor spaces in the watershed is critical, which is why the Congress must fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Governors of DE, NJ, and PA Commit to Restoring the Delaware River Watershed  

On May 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania made a shared commitment to protect the Delaware River Watershed and agreed to work as equal partners to grow the region’s economy and protect America’s “founding waterway.” The Governors signed a proclamation agreeing to work together to make the Delaware River Basin the national model for sustainable economic development, drinkable clean water, healthy fish and wildlife populations, outdoor recreation and nature-based climate resilience.

The Clean Water Act is at Risk: Take Action by April 15th

Throughout our region, residents rarely think twice about turning on their taps and receiving clean water to drink, clean, and cook with. The Delaware River Watershed alone provides clean water an estimated 13.3 million Americans, roughly 4 percent of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, clean water protections are threatened by the current Administration’s proposed redefining of the Waters of the United States rule under the Clean Water Act.