REGION — The Delaware River, identified by the national organization American Rivers in 2010 as the nation’s most endangered river due to the threats posed to it by natural gas extraction, has now been named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2011.
In the first-ever public vote, the Delaware bested five other candidates in an online contest. The Delaware received 2,520 of the more than 10,000 ballots cast across the state. For the second year running, the rivers of the Upper Delaware region have been highlighted, with the Lackawaxen River recently completing its tenure as PA’s 2010 River of the Year.
DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers administer the program. Events will be organized throughout the year, including the 17th annual Sojourn paddling trip, a symposium, photo contest and river legacy fundraiser.
The eight-day sojourn will include educational programs to encourage greater understanding of the river and its stewardship needs. The Delaware also will be celebrated with an annual Rivers Month poster issued in June.