Saturday, July 17, 2010

Funding for Delaware River Basin conservation plan


Bombay Hook/Delaware Today

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded The Nature Conservancy a $450,000 grant to fund a comprehensive conservation plan for the Delaware River Basin.

The project is a joint effort involving The Nature Conservancy’s Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Eastern New York chapters, the Natural Lands Trust, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the grant award on Wednesday, July 14.

The Delaware River Basin and its surrounding watershed represent one of the most intact freshwater systems in the region. Freshwater systems are inextricably linked to the lands that surround them, and the adverse impacts of threats including development, pollution, and climate change have taken a toll on the health of the Basin.

However, many areas of the basin remain in good condition, and opportunities exist to conserve high quality habitats and restore those that have been degraded, said Andrew Manus, director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy of Delaware.

The Delaware Basin Restoration Initiative will identify opportunities to protect and improve water quality and habitat, as well as provide a blueprint for the region’s conservation organizations and agencies to implement components of the plan.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores our nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. The Foundation’s method is simple and effective: we work with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations to identify and fund the nation’s most intractable conservation challenges.

For full story see: Delaware River to benefit from environmental grant

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