On September 9, 2016, the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed sent a letter supporting the Water Resources Development Act to Senate leadership. The letter expresses support for the its authorization of the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, as well as other important water infrastructure investments and provisions that promote sustainable water management.
The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which was approved by the Committee on May 18, 2016, establishes the non-regulatory Delaware River Restoration Program that would be administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program will develop a coordinated approach to identify, prioritize, and implement restoration and protection activities across the Basin. The bill also authorizes a competitive grant and technical assistance program to support on-the-ground work by state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and universities. The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program will enhance the efficiency and efficacy of public and private efforts aimed at improving the health and resources of the Watershed for generations to come.
Chairman James Inhofe and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer included authorization of the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in a package of amendments to the popular Water Resources Development Act, which is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate. A vote on the bill and its amendments is expected early next week. The Coalition strongly supports passage of the amendments package including the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and the Water Resources Development Act.