Nearly $16 million in federal grants and private matching awards were announced this week for conservation projects throughout the Delaware River Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) made the announcement for 41 grant awards totaling $6.9 million for water quality restoration and habitat conservation. At the same time, organizations receiving those grants pledged $8.9 million in matching money, bringing the total for conservation projects to about $15.9 million.
The money comes from two pots: the Delaware River Restoration Fund, part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, mostly funded by the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation, and the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to achieve the goals of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act.
All the efforts are to help protect and conserve the Delaware River watershed, which comprises 13,539 square miles of land and waterways from the Catskills to the Delaware Bay.
Among local projects getting money from the conservation fund are:
Among local projects getting money from the restoration fund are: