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The Delaware River Watershed

One of the major rivers of the Northeastern United States, the mighty Delaware is surrounded by scenes of breathtaking beauty.  The streams and lakes in its watershed are beloved by everyone.

Did you know?

The Delaware River watershed is home to:

33,249 acres of preserved, publicly owned land

26 managed fishing miles

(stocked or wild)

25 trailheads

7 historic bridges

5 public access fishing ponds


Who benefits from

a healthy watershed?

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Van Campen Glen

Current Challenges  

The health of the Delaware River watershed faces a number of challenges that can be easily addressed with the right tools, protections, and cooperation:

  • Poorly sited warehouse development

  • Poorly planned development close to the delicate headwaters of Delaware tributaries

  • Excess runoff that raises water temperatures, harming trout and encouraging harmful bacteria growth

  • Need for improved manangement of public access

If not managed and protected now, communities could miss out on the watershed's many recreational and economic benefits for good.

Anne's Story

"For 15 years I lived in Jersey City and commuted daily to Manhattan where I worked for a major investment company.  For me, the Great Waters region was a refuge from the noise, the crowds, and the everyday stress of the living and working in the city . . ."


You can help keep the Delaware River watershed great.

Do you live in the Delaware River watershed?  Or do you love to visit for all the natural beauty and recreation it has to offer?  

Many of our local leaders have stepped up to protect our great waters and landscapes by working on smarter zoning, sensible development, and land preservation. Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come. 


Whether you're a mayor, a mom, or a master angler, you have the power to safeguard our state's great waters for generations to come. Sign the petition and check out our municipal action guide:



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