Tell Congress: Fund the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program
We need your help reaching out to Congress to tell them to fund the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program (DRBRP). This nonregulatory program will improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, reduce flood damage, and enhance recreational activities along the Delaware River by providing grant funds to local communities for on-the-ground projects.
Taking care of the Delaware River Basin matters. It supplies drinking water to over 15 million people across four states – Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania – including New York City and Philadelphia.
Protecting the Delaware River Basin also makes good economic sense, as it contributes $25 billion annually in economic activity through fisheries, recreation, and tourism. Additionally, the Delaware River provides habitat for over 200 species of fish and serves an important source of eastern oyster, blue crab, and the largest population of American horseshoe crabs.
The House of Representatives approved $5 million for the DRBRP, but the Senate failed to provide funding for it. Now the House and Senate need to come up with a compromise and we need to make sure that Delaware River Basin Restoration Program funding is included!
Protect the Delaware: Fill out the form below to send an email to your members of Congress!
Photograph by Nicholas A. Tonelli.