It may be hard to believes, but the Delaware River Basin provides habitat for 400 types of birds — everything from the black-belled whistling duck and the good old Canada goose to the latter’s deeper-throated cousin, the cackling goose, along with red knots, buffleheads, godwits and all manner of feathered creatures in between, from little to large. It’s also key habitat for 90 fish species.
Good news, then, that the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program received $6 million in funding as part of the fiscal year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill, a $1 million increase from last year. The funding will support local and state governments, and nonprofits, in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware that are implementing restoration and conservation projects to combat critical issues like habitat degradation, invasive species, and climate change.
Overdevelopment, stormwater runoff, flooding, stream erosion, and loss of wildlife habitat remain significant threats to the Delaware River Basin.