Waterways to benefit from infusion of federal funds

Lackawaxen. Recipients of Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund grants will use to the money to restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and boost recreation in the river basin.


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"As we reduce accelerated sedimentation and enhance water flows to Upper Delaware tributaries, we are restoring aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife, supporting local jobs, and boosting the recreational value of the river."
Jeff Skelding, Friends of the Upper Delaware River


The first round of 25 Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund grant recipients have been announced, with $4.14 million in federal funds granted to conserve and restore the Delaware River Basin.

The basin includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware, which provides 15 million people, including New York City and Philadelphia, with drinking water.

This is the first time that dedicated federal funding has been allocated to on-the-ground projects, according to the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The funds will be used to improve natural stream function and reduce stream erosion plaguing the Upper Delaware River in New York State, said Jeff Skelding, executive director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River.

"As we reduce accelerated sedimentation and enhance water flows to Upper Delaware tributaries, we are restoring aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife, supporting local jobs, and boosting the recreational value of the river," he said.

The grants will be used to restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, sustain water management, reduce flood damage, and improve recreational opportunities and public access.

Sandra Meola, Director at New Jersey Audubon and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, said the first set of grants will build a strong foundation for implementing the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program.

"The Coalition worked diligently with Congress and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make this a reality and we are grateful to our members and close partners for playing a tremendous role in this effort,” she said.

The grantees

Of the 25 Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund grantees, 15 are members of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed: Friends of the Upper Delaware River (NY), Trust for Public Land (NY), New Jersey Audubon (NJ), Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (NJ), American Littoral Society (NJ), Trout Unlimited (NJ and PA), Friends of Cherry Valley (PA), Ducks Unlimited (PA), Wildlands Conservancy (PA), Pennsylvania Resources Council (PA), Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (PA), Friends of the Wissahickon (PA), Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (PA), Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PA, NJ, and DE), and University of Delaware Water Resources Center (DE).

John Cecil, Vice President of Stewardship, New Jersey Audubon, said the funds will help restore wetland habitat for the American black duck in Northwestern New Jersey, and restore and connect wetland and upland habitats beneficial for water quality and the bog turtle in the Upper Salem River in South Jersey.

Funding levels throughout each state are as follows:

Pennsylvania received $1,757,319 for eleven in-state projects and four multi-state projects

New York received $437,525 for two in-state projects

New Jersey received $1,127,764 for seven in-state projects and three multi-state projects

Delaware received $241,000 for one in-state project and two multi-state projects

Four multi-state projects received $490,392

"We’re delighted that the new Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund will support bringing living shoreline technology to the freshwater urban areas of the Delaware Estuary and to work with partners such as the Philadelphia Water Department and states of Delaware and New Jersey," said Danielle Kreeger, Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. "We will find locations in Delaware and New Jersey where tidal, freshwater living shorelines would be effective in stabilizing stream erosion, buffering waves and flooding, and promoting improved water quality using natural means. We will also work with the Philadelphia Water Department to design and implement a portion of a freshwater mussel-based living shoreline for water quality and habitat enhancement along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia."

The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed is a network of more than 140 non-governmental organizations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware dedicated to protecting and restoring the natural resources of the Delaware River Basin. To find out more, visit DelRiverWatershed.org.





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