The William Penn Foundation says it has recently awarded $17 million in grants related to providing public access to, or cleanup of, the Delaware River watershed, with a commitment of $30 million through 2017.
The 13,500-square-mile watershed spans from the Catskills in New York through Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the Delaware Bay. It provides drinking water for 15 million people as well as recreational activities. The Schuylkill also falls within the watershed.
"The Foundation's Watershed Protection Program is a strategic, science-informed approach to conservation, based on the power of the collective impact of organizations working locally to protect or restore priority waterways, from the Catskills and the Poconos to the Delaware Bayshore," said Andrew Johnson, program director for Watershed Protection at the William Penn Foundation.
Among the 35 grants to nonprofit groups:
The $17 million reflects grants awarded since April, or about six months. So far for 2017, the foundation has awarded $25.5 million of the $30 million it plans to give.