Grants given to improve Delaware River

Posted: July 17, 2014

HEFTY GRANTS were awarded to 15 projects yesterday with one overarching objective: to protect the drinking water of 15 million people.

The money, announced at a news conference at Race Street Pier, comes from $7 million in funding by the William Penn Foundation, which is a part of a $35 million multistate investment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was given $2.4 million in grants to delegate to the projects as a part of the Delaware Watershed River Initiative.

Some of the initial grant recipients include Brandywine Conservancy Inc., Stroud Water Research Center and Berks County Conservancy. The goal is to protect and improve the Delaware River and its tributaries by restoring 34 acres of wetland and 32 miles of habitat and by remedying problems caused by 2 million gallons of stormwater runoff.

Amanda Bassow, director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Eastern Partnership Office, said deforestation, overconsumption and pollution are some of the problems the river faces that the projects hope to fix. The pollution stems from stormwater runoff in both cities and farms.

"We're really trying to help the environment function more naturally," Bassow said.

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