A new competitive grant fund of $4.3 million is now available for conservation work to protect and enhance the Delaware River Watershed. Quality-improvement programs, habitat restoration, flood mitigation, and other conservation and protection projects are eligible for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The fund will be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. (Grant applications are being accepted through Thursday, September 27.)
In addition to providing drinking water to more than 15 million people, including in New York City and Philadelphia, the watershed is a vital resource for all the five states that contain it — New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Maryland. It supports billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity annually and its ecosystem services to the region include water filtration, forests and wetlands, and carbon sequestration. It is home to more than 200 species of fish, oysters and crab that support numerous recreational fisheries and a diverse marine ecosystem.