The Coalition identifies watershed-wide priorities each year through a nomination and adoption process with its members. The CDRW 2017 Priorities are:
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed will support watershed-wide and transparent planning in the Watershed that comprehensively addresses its biggest challenges. The Coalition will work as a convener of the Watershed as it works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a framework for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and advocate for accountability in the adoption of this planning framework. it creates a unified vision and advocate for accountability in the adoption of a planning framework. The Coalition will facilitate and coordinate watershed-wide efforts to develop a vision and plan for the Watershed by hosting outreach events, including the 2017 Delaware River Watershed Forum, tailored to discussing priorities around topics identified by the Coalition Steering Committee, such as water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, recreation, climate resilience, and sustainable economies.
See our BluePrint webpage for more information on planning throughout the Watershed.
Federal Policies for a Healthy Watershed
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed will support federal policies and spending that promote a healthy Watershed. The Coalition will leverage efforts in the Watershed by acting as a unified voice to ensure federal policies and spending support restoration and protection of the Delaware River Basin through direct advocacy, outreach and education, and grassroots organizing throughout the region and in Washington, DC. The Coalition will educate members of Congress on key policy issues, including the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Clean Water Act, Clean Water State Revolving Funding, and other legislative matters through briefings, in-district engagements, and at the Delaware River Watershed Hill Day.
State Support for Clean Water Funding
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed will support state efforts and policies to secure funding for clean water projects in the Watershed. The Coalition will support clean water policies and funding for the Watershed by promoting state-wide and local efforts that are identified through the State Outreach Lead Initiative, including writing letters of support, submitting public comments when the opportunity is available, endorsing issue campaigns, and distributing calls to action around pertinent issues.
Photograph by Nicholas A. Tonelli.