|Get To Know Your Watershed | New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
August 29, 2019
Photo Credit: Anna Stange of New Hope, PA shared this photo of Oscar,
her Aussie Collie, enjoying the sights on the Delaware River
CDRW Member Updates
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed & NJ Audubon
A major policy priority for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed has been securing federal funds for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program for the first time in history during fiscal year 2018. Now that funding is going to allow NJ Audubon to give the state's reptile, the endangered bog turtle, a better chance at survival in the watershed.
Natural Lands recently announced the conservation and transfer of 59 acres of formerly private land to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The land will now be available for public use and forever protected from development. The first property is adjacent to Nockamixon State Park in Haycock Township, Bucks County; and the second is adjacent to the William Penn State Forest in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County.
NJ Future & NJ Highlands Coalition
The record-high levels of toxic green algae in NJ’s largest lake, Lake Hopatcong in Sussex County, left residents and visitors banned from even touching the lake for their own protection. The water from Lake Hopatcong is part of our shared water system, draining to the Musconetcong River and eventually into the Delaware River. In this William Penn Foundation blog, they explain how organizations like NJ Future and the NJ Highlands Coalition are addressing the rise of algae blooms in the state.
South Jersey Water Savers
Organizations came together to transform a vacant lot in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, NJ into a park that absorbs and filters stormwater from rain and snow melt. Through their changes, the space will intercept polluted stormwater running off the road and parking lot and ultimately into the aquifer; along with beautifying the space with flowering plants, trees, and painted planter boxes. Read this tale of green urban renewal!
American Littoral Society
ALS held their largest reef-building effort to date at Cook's Beach in Cape May County, NJ, with volunteers having built three reefs, each about 200 feet long. Reef-building protects beaches along the Delaware Bay from storms and rising sea levels, while also providing fish and other marine life places to live. Oyster reef living shorelines have already been established at South Reed’s Beach, Moore’s Beach, Dyers Cove, and Thompson’s Beach.
Riverfront North Partnership
Riverfront North Partnership just announced it has just been awarded a Pennsylvania Water Trail Program mini-grant. This grant will fund projects continuing the restoration of the riparian coastal plain forest, intertidal marsh, and upland meadow habitats of the tidal Delaware River in Philadelphia, taking place in Lardner’s Point Park and Pennypack on the Delaware.
Dive deep into these upcoming #DelRiverWatershed events!
9/6: Christina River Projects Bus Tour, Landenberg, PA
9/7: The Art of Sustainability Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
9/7: Delaware River Festival, Philadelphia, PA/Camden, NJ
9/7: United By Blue Shoreline Clean Up, Philadelphia, PA
9/7: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On-Tour, Hackettstown, NJ
9/8: Bridge the Gap: River Paddle, Dingmans Ferry, PA
9/11: DRBC Public Business Meeting, West Trenton, NJ
9/12: Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA
9/13: Diversity Training: Exploring Race, Equity and Inclusion, Pennington, NJ
9/13: Schuylkill River Restoration Sites Tour, Montgomery County, PA
9/14: The Occasional Nature Warrior: Learn Wilderness Skills, Asbury (Warren County), NJ
9/14: Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ
9/14: Connecting People to Places Municipality Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
9/14: Birds & Brews, Chalfont, PA
9/15-9/27: Permaculture Design Certification, Wallingford, PA
9/17: Volunteer Oyster Shell Bagging, Wilmington, DE
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