The Delaware River: it’s everyone’s water
Preserving clean water is important work. Conserving open space, greenways and farmland is important work. Building partnerships, both locally and basin-wide, is essential to this work. The money offered through the William Penn grant is an important step not only toward preserving water quality, but also in helping protect the natural assets that make our region so special.
Finally, the counties of the Upper Delaware River region need investment to fuel economic development, job creation, renewable energy production, agricultural market development, tourism promotion, recreational activities development, public access to land, infrastructure improvements, etc. We urge other large national and regional funders, public-interest organizations and governmental entities to invest in our region’s future. It is a win-win. Further, we urge our own local counties and municipalities to embrace this and other funding mechanisms and, whenever possible, to partner with others throughout the entire river basin—whether on conservation projects, land use planning or energy planning, landowner outreach and education and other projects.
All of us, from the river’s headwaters to the delta, are stakeholders and must see ourselves as stewards of this essential resource. The water of the Delaware River is, after all, a shared, vital natural asset. As a friend of ours says, “It’s everyone’s water.”