|Get To Know Your Watershed | New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
May 30, 2019
This American oystercatcher was spotted hunting for snacks in NJ's Delaware Bay
CDRW Member Updates
BLOG: Governors of DE, NJ, and PA Commit to Restoring the Delaware River Watershed
For the first time since 1961, the Governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware came together for a Governor's Leadership Summit in Philadelphia this month. 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.
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed
The House Appropriations Committee announced the inclusion of $10 million for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in the fiscal year 2020 budget. This is double the amount included in the 2018 budget - a big win for the watershed! These funds would go toward protecting water quality and wildlife habitat throughout the watershed by funding on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects.
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Congratulations to Jennifer Coffey, Executive Director of ANJEC, who has been nominated to the Pinelands Commission by Governor Murphy. The Pinelands is a vast forest in New Jersey that sits atop the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, part of the watershed that provides drinking water to over one million people.
Brandywine Conservancy & Natural Lands
Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands, and other organizational allies have started conversations to address stormwater runoff in the Brandywine-Christina portion of the Delaware River Watershed. Stormwater is a key concern because it carries pollutants into local waterways when it rains or snow melts.
Where's the trout? That's what many are asking themselves in the Upper Delaware region of New York and Pennsylvania. Trout Unlimited writes about the Delaware River's water diversions and its impact on fishing and industry in this blog.
Delaware Nature Society
Delaware's House recently passed a bill which would restrict some retailers from giving single-use plastic bags to customers. With Americans using roughly 100 billion plastic bags each year, many of which end up in waterways or in the environment, Delaware Nature Society is encouraging residents to contact their state Senators to support bill HB 130. They've also announced registration is open for the 5th Annual Clean Water Lobby Day in Dover, DE.
TAKE ACTION: Land & Water Conservation Fund
Now is our chance to speak up for dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This federal program has provided funds to protect many outdoor space in the Delaware River Watershed, such as the Delaware Water Gap, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Cherry Valley, John Heinz Tinicum, and Bombay Hook. Contact your Senator today!
Check out these events making a splash in the #DelRiverWatershed!
5/31-6/7: Schuylkill River Sojourn, Schuylkill River, PA
6/1-6/2: Green Eggs and Sand Aquatic Curriculum Workshop, Stone Harbor, NJ
6/1: Brodhead Watershed Association Native Plant Sale, Tannersville, PA
6/1: Super Mega Volunteer Service Day, Philadelphia, PA
6/1: Forest Management for Small Acreages, Bethel, NY
6/5: 5th Annual Clean Water Rally, Dover, DE
6/8: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Wilmington, DE
6/11: Delaware River Signage Stakeholder Meeting, Narrowsburg, NY
6/12: DRBC Business Meeting, Ewing Township, NJ
6/13: Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA
6/13: PEC's 49th Environmental Partnership Dinner, Philadelphia, PA
6/14-6/22: 25th Annual Delaware River Sojourn, Delaware River, NY/NJ/PA
6/15: Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ
6/15: Hike Through a Waterfall at Spruce Mountain, Canadensis, PA
6/15-6/22: Schuylkill Acts & Impacts, Avondale, PA
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