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Congress Passes $5 Million for Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

Congress Passes $5 Million for Delaware River Basin Restoration
Program in FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

Passage of River Program Allows PA, NY, DE, and NJ to Access Funding to Restore and Conserve the Delaware River

TRENTON, NJ – On March 23rd, the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program (DRBRP) received $5 million in funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by the President. The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed worked with Congress on the authorization of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act which was first introduced in 2010. The Conservation Act was authorized in December 2016 and created the DRBRP. Now money will finally begin flowing to local conservation projects throughout the region.

“The Delaware River is America’s founding water, for years it’s been neglected, and the fish and wildlife of the region have suffered. This authorization means that the Delaware will no longer be America’s forgotten waterbody,” said Collin O’Mara, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO. “The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act provides the tools to reverse declines in fish and wildlife, keep our water healthy, expand recreational access, and provide more opportunities for jobs, but just as importantly it shows that we can work together across the aisle to create a better future for wildlife and people.”

The Delaware River Basin is significant because it encompasses portions of Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and supplies over 15 million people with clean, reliable drinking water, which is 5% of the U.S. population. The Delaware River is the only water source to provide drinking water for two major U.S. cities, Philadelphia and New York. The Delaware River Basin is also a major economic driver for the region, bringing in $25 billion annually in economic activity.

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