REGION — The Delaware River is the 2020 River of the Year. American Rivers gave the Delaware this honor to recognize its momentous progress for water quality, river restoration and community …
REGION — The Delaware River is the 2020 River of the Year. American Rivers gave the Delaware this honor to recognize its momentous progress for water quality, river restoration and community revitalization.
“The Delaware River is a national success story,” said Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers. “The River of the Year honor recognizes the hard work of many local advocates who understand that a healthy Delaware River is vital to the health of millions of people. The Delaware shows how a healthy river can be an engine for thriving communities.”
The river, part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, is delineated in three parts: upper, middle and lower. While special water protections have been in place in the Upper Delaware, not too many years ago, much of the [lower] river was polluted and unable to support aquatic life, and in places the river had an offensive smell.
“The Delaware River is on the mend and thriving. The quality of water in the Delaware has dramatically improved, fish and wildlife have returned in tremendous numbers, and the main stem of the Delaware remains the longest free-flowing river in the eastern U.S., with the most extensive National Wild and Scenic River protection of any watershed in the country.”
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