University of Delaware
delware environmental institute

Phildelphia Inquirer: Develop plan for river basin

The Delaware River Basin is not only the cradle of American democracy, it is our region's economic engine. Yet for the past few years, political battles have defined it, and nowhere is this chasm more evident than in recent deliberations of the Delaware River Basin Commission. Despite supplying drinking water to more than 15 million Americans and playing a critical role for both the environment and the economy of the East Coast, the Delaware receives little national attention and no dedicated federal funding.

Why? Because we lack a shared vision that transcends state boundaries and enjoys the support of different levels of government and local communities. While the William Penn Foundation and other partners are making unprecedented investments, without an actionable basin-wide agreement or hard commitments among the region's governors and municipal leaders, every fight takes on a heightened importance out of widespread fear of further resource degradation.