Delaware River Watershed Initiative

July 14, 2017

Amidst concerning news about water quality throughout New York and across the United States, the federal government has passed legislation that will have significant ramifications for one of New York’s most important natural resources: the Delaware River Watershed. The legislation, known as the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, will provide an important source of funding for restoration efforts across the watershed, hopefully for years to come. The DRBCA is an important legislative accomplishment, and we must remain vigilant to protect this program while continuing to look for every opportunity to expand restoration efforts across the state.

NYLCVEF is working closely with the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and the Delaware River Watershed Initiative to build support for additional restoration efforts at the local, state and federal level and protect the newly created Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. We will work with our partners to increase opportunities for digital engagement and advocacy on watershed issues with the long-term goal of protecting the waters of the Delaware River for millions of New Yorkers. 

Click here to read our background policy paper about Green Infrastructure in the Delaware River Watershed. The paper was presented as part of our forum on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green infrastructure (GI) as an approach to managing stormwater. We are brought together expert speakers and panelists to provide an overview of green infrastructure vs. traditional gray approaches and how it can be used to protect and restore water quality.

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