Program Updates - Delaware River Partnership
Report on Resource Management in Delaware Basin
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released their 2016 Annual Report highlighting the management of resources throughout the basin, focusing on “Clean Water by the Numbers.” The numbers are a great way to look a variety of measures including: steady increases in dissolved oxygen levels in the Delaware River, the rainfall experienced in the basin last year, and the billions of gallons of water managed to keep the salt front away from drinking water treatment plant intakes.
Summer Solstice Festival
On June 17, the Friends of Heinz Wildlife Refuge held a Summer Solstice Festival at the Refuge. The festival included volunteer-led nature walks, kayaking, music, story-telling, food trucks and more with the friends and community of Heinz Refuge.
Living Shoreline Proposal Tour
During the last week of April, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Office of Brownfield Reuse led a tour to update water partners about two proposed sites for freshwater mussel-based Living Shoreline establishments along the Delaware River in Camden County, NJ. Both locations are waterfront sections of remediated industrial sites, and present tremendous opportunities to enhance fresh-water tidal habitat, improve water quality, provide waterfront recreation, and reconnect city residents to the Delaware River.
New research on tree canopy
Twenty percent of Philadelphia is comprised of tree canopy. Canopy helps keep the area cool during summers, among many other benefits. The US Forest Service has released a Resource Bulletin on The Urban Forest of Philadelphia, documenting trees across the city and assessing their impact.