October 21, 2020

Nationwide Call for Water Infrastructure Investment

WRA, American Water, the Philadelphia Water Department, and others come together to educate decision makers about the urgent need for investment in one of our most essential systems.


October 20, 2020

Hidden Role of Water Infrastructure in Driving a COVID-19 Recovery

State and local leaders manage most of our water needs, and many recognize the gravity of its challenges. But federal leaders have not shown the same urgency.


October 13, 2020

Hydropower Producers and Environmental Groups Make a Pact

As demand for renewables grows, the need for a flexible power grid including cost effective storage increases as well. Hydropower offers a solution.


October 13, 2020

Executive Order on Modernizing America’s Water Infrastructure

Interagency Water Subcabinet formed, co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of the EPA, to prioritize water infrastructure needs.


October 8, 2020

American Water Ranked for ESG Excellence

American Water, the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility and WRA member, received one of the highest accolades in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) excellence – earning a #1 rank from the S&P Global Ratings ESG Report.


October 8, 2020

Buzzi Scholarship Award Winner 2020

Every year, WRA awards a scholarship in honor of the late Dr. John Buzzi (1936 – 2003), a former WRA Board Chair, and chair of numerous other boards who was a published scientist many times over and a beloved community and regional leader.


October 7, 2020

The Water Sector’s Resilience: Way Ahead of COVID

The water sector was working to meet the myriad of challenges associated with climate change, and then another challenge came along – a global pandemic. COVID-19, tagged 19 due its 2019 start, appears poised to affect many aspects of our lives well into 2021. Water suppliers, major water users and sewage treatment plants are innovating to keep workers safe, ensure the reliability of the water supply, and maintain operations to continue to produce to power, food products, and other goods and services.


September 3, 2020

DRBC and Our Shared Waters Illustrated Map of the DE River Basin

See many of the Delaware River’s many uses and delights on this new DRBC and Our Shared Waters illustrated map.


September 3, 2020

DRBC Releases Orientation Book on the Delaware Basin

DRBC provides an excellent overview of the Delaware River Basin, and the DRBC’s role in managing this critical resource.


August 17, 2020

Maritime Exchange’s Beacon Summer Issue

Delaware River Basin imports have slowed by 10%, especially fruit, crude oil, and vehicle cargos. With regards to exports, petroleum shipments have seen the steepest decline.


July 25, 2020

Congress Unites to Permanently Fund Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Great American Outdoors Act will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million a year and provide $9.5 billion over five years to repair aged infrastructure at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas.


July 8, 2020

EPA Releases Tool to Help Water Utilities Assess Financial Impacts of COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. Throughout the COVID-19 national health emergency—and as communities across the country reopen—water utilities have reliably provided safe drinking water and critical wastewater services.


July 8, 2020

EPA Releases Tool to Help Water Utilities Assess Financial Impacts of COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. Throughout the COVID-19 national health emergency—and as communities across the country reopen—water utilities have reliably provided safe drinking water and critical wastewater services.


June 23, 2020

Suez Launches Multi-Faceted COVID Relief Program

Suez partners with United Way, Feeding America, and health organizations throughout the US and Canada to provide PPE, prevent homelessness due to COVID, and support underserved communities struggling with the devastating impacts of COVID-19


June 10, 2020

American Water Receives Highest ESG Evaluation Score for U.S. Based Company From S&P Global Ratings

“We are extremely proud to have been recognized for our commitment to Environmental Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Governance (ESG) and our best in class preparedness,” said Walter Lynch, president CEO of American Water. “Today, companies must do more than just put words down on paper, they need to show defined and measured actions and results that are reflective of a company’s commitment to ESG.”


June 8, 2020

Waters of the United States Litigation: Practical Considerations for the Regulated Community

Those seeking CWA permits/authorizations pursuant to the new WOTUS rule should consider enhancing their public submittals with documentation supporting policy decisions as protective of WOTUS uses.


June 4, 2020

New Jersey Implements Strict PFAS Water Quality Standards

On June 1, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection promulgated water quality standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) at levels of 14 and 13 parts per trillion (ppt), respectively.


June 1, 2020

NJ Adopts Strict PFAS Standards

New Jersey formally adopted some of the most stringent standards in the nation for two chemicals found in drinking water across the state that have been linked to cancer and other ailments, officials said Monday.


June 1, 2020

WOTUS: A Never Ending Story

On April 21, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) in an effort to redefine “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Unless blocked by courts, the rule will take effect on June 22, 2020.


June 1, 2020

DE Working with Tech Startup to Monitor COVID-19 through Sewage

New Castle County Delaware works with Biobot Analytics to mentor the concentration of the virus in sewage to estimate the number of people infected.


June 1, 2020

DE Working with Tech Startup to Monitor COVID-19 through Sewage

New Castle County Delaware works with Biobot Analytics to mentor the concentration of the virus in sewage to estimate the number of people infected.


May 26, 2020

Keeping Boathouse Row Safe: Dredging Project on Schuylkill Begins June 1

US Army Corps of Engineers launches dredges project for a safer rowing course along Boathouse Row.


May 7, 2020

DRBC Releases Report: Rapid Flow Change Mitigation

A report of the Subcommittee on Ecological Flows (SEF; subcommittee to DRBC’s Regulated Flow Advisory Committee) entitled “Rapid Flow Change Mitigation Evaluation” is now available at https://www.nj.gov/drbc/about/advisory/SEF_index.html.


May 7, 2020

DRBC Forms Advisory Committee on Climate Change

“DRBC has recognized potentially significant impacts to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin posed by climate change," said Alternate Commissioner for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and current Commission Chair Kenneth Kosinski. "We formed the ACCC to provide the commission and the basin community with scientifically based information for identifying and prioritizing these threats, which include salinity impacts from sea level rise and changes in the seasonality and volume of streamflows, as well as recommendations for mitigation, adaptation and improved resiliency."

DRBC issued a press release today announcing the membership to its Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Click here to view the release.


May 1, 2020

AWWA Survey of COVID-19 Impacts on the Water Sector

AWWA surveyed almost 600 water utilities in the US and Canada. 56% of utilities are experiencing supply chain issues with PPE. 75% are anticipating reductions in revenue.


April 28, 2020

NJ’s commercial fishing industry, the fifth largest in the US, struggling to survive in the midst of pandemic

“It’s brought things to a halt,” said Steve Fleetwood, president of Bivalve Packing, South Jersey’s largest wild-caught oyster processor.


April 27, 2020

The DRBC’s Water Management Advisory Committee (WMAC) has several membership openings

DRBC’s WMAC has several membership openings from the following stakeholder groups: academia, recreation and watershed organization.

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April 23, 2020

SCOTUS Rules Clean Water Act Requires Permits for Certain Groundwater Discharges

SCOTUS rules that while many factors can influence if an NPDES permit is required, the distance from a federal waterway and the time it takes the material to get there are, in most cases, the determining factors.

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April 17, 2020

Delaware River Hailed as Success Story

“The Delaware River is a national success story,” Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, said in a news release. “The Delaware shows how a healthy river can be an engine for thriving communities and strong local economies.”

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April 17, 2020

Delaware River Hailed as River of the Year

“The Delaware River is a national success story,” Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, said in a news release. “The Delaware shows how a healthy river can be an engine for thriving communities and strong local economies.”

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April 9, 2020

NJ Governor Murphy Confirms Construction Projects as Essential

On April 8 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy reaffirmed that a wide range of construction projects are deemed essential for public health and safety and can continue to operate as long as protocols for health and safety are followed.


April 7, 2020

Annual joint meeting of DRBC’s Monitoring Advisory & Coordination Committee (MACC) and the PDE’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee postponed.

The annual joint meeting of DRBC’s Monitoring Advisory & Coordination Committee (MACC) and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee initially scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2020 has been postponed.


March 10, 2020

Three government organizations responsible for overseeing the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) each introduced a new delegate at the February 6 Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meeting, following the swearing-in of 2020 UDC officers: Larry

The overwhelming public response to the fracking issue and recent concerns about climate change gave rise to DRBC’s sponsorship of a new public outreach initiative, Our Shared Waters, made possible by a William Penn Foundation grant.


March 9, 2020

DRBC Announces New Hydrology Dashboard for Flow & Drought Management

The dashboard highlights key data for flow and drought management in the Delaware River Basin.


February 27, 2020

Berks farm to be protected by conservation easement

Berks Nature announced Thursday that 80 acres of the Love Family's farm in Robeson Township will be preserved.


February 25, 2020

In Delaware, Dams Are Being Removed to Spur Fish Migration

When migratory fish follow their ancestral instinct to swim up Delaware’s Brandywine Creek during this spring’s spawning season, they will find, for the first time in more than 200 years, that their route is not blocked by a dam.


February 11, 2020

38th Annual Recognition Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are now available through Friday, February 28 for the 38th Annual Recognition Dinner being held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at The Down Town Club in Philadelphia, PA.

UPDATE: EVENT POSTPONED - The 38th Annual Recognition Dinner has been postponed. We will announce a new date for the event as soon as has been finalized. Thank you.


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January 27, 2020

Orthophosphate Reducing Lead Levels While Pittsburgh Works to Replace Pipes

New treatment chemical helps PWSA get the lead out


January 24, 2020

Industrial Developer with Track Record Redeveloping Industrial Sites Wins PES Auction

Hilco Redevelopment Partners, whose $240 million bid won an auction to acquire the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery site, aims to move quickly to clean up the 1,300-acre South Philadelphia property and redevelop it into a mixed-use industrial facility, according to city officials.


January 23, 2020

Delaware Clean Water Trust proposed to fund water projects, address flooding and drainage problems

The Clean Water for Delaware Act would create a trust to direct funding toward water projects. Initially it would be funded with $50 million in Carney's Fiscal Year 2021 budget.


January 23, 2020

Delaware Clean Water Trust proposed to fund water projects, address flooding and drainage problems

The Clean Water for Delaware Act would create a trust to direct funding toward water projects. Initially it would be funded with $50 million in Carney's Fiscal Year 2021 budget.


January 22, 2020

WRA Award Nominations Due February 5th

WRA Awards celebrate outstanding achieving in advancing science and science based solutions to the sustainable management of the Delaware River Basin. Send nominations to wraexd@gmail.com

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January 22, 2020

Lawmakers encourage efforts to finalize Water Resources Development Act

A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently led efforts to finalize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, noting the bill is essential to Americans and the nation’s economy.


January 14, 2020

Durst closes on Delaware River waterfront development site in $10 million deal with Philadelphia

The Durst Organization has paid $10 million for the city-owned lot on the Delaware River waterfront north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, where it plans an apartment tower.


January 13, 2020

WRA Award Nominations Open

WRA Award Nominations Guidelines: Award nominations are solicited yearly and presented at our Annual Recognition Dinner held each spring.


December 20, 2019

Federal Budget Includes Nearly $10 Million for Delaware River Conservation

The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program (DRBRP) received $9.7 million in funding as part of the fiscal year 2020 Interior Appropriations bill approved by Congress and signed by the President, a 62% increase from fiscal year 2019’s funding levels. The DRBRP will provide much-needed technical assistance and grant funds to address the Delaware River Basin’s environmental challenges.


December 17, 2019

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $416 Million in Grants for Water Infrastructure Improvements Across New York

EFC Removes $3 Million Cap on Emerging Contaminants Grants, Now Funds 60 Percent of Emerging Contaminants Capital Project


December 15, 2019

What should happen to the South Philly refinery site? Community voices weigh in. | Opinion

Nearly seven months after an explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery launched a massive fireball from South Philly, a bankruptcy court will decide the site’s fate.


December 11, 2019

Army Corps and partners to host public meeting for Francis. E. Walter Dam Re-evaluation study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, are hosting a public meeting regarding a re-evaluation study for the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir on Jan. 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, Pa.


December 11, 2019

To save Delaware Water Gap park from overcrowding, officials eye first-ever entry fee

The Water Gap is now among the top 20 national park sites, averaging 3.8 million visitors per year, who flock to popular locations such as Dingmans Falls, Crater Lake, and Kittatinny Point. That’s down a bit in the past few years, but about twice the number who visited the water gap area in 1987, when the park last completed a management plan. Unlike many national parks, the Water Gap is close to two large urban areas, just a two-hour drive of both Philadelphia and New York, adding to its allure.


December 11, 2019

To save Delaware Water Gap park from overcrowding, officials eye first-ever entry fee

The Water Gap is now among the top 20 national park sites, averaging 3.8 million visitors per year, who flock to popular locations such as Dingmans Falls, Crater Lake, and Kittatinny Point. That’s down a bit in the past few years, but about twice the number who visited the water gap area in 1987, when the park last completed a management plan. Unlike many national parks, the Water Gap is close to two large urban areas, just a two-hour drive of both Philadelphia and New York, adding to its allure.


December 9, 2019

Timeline: The Delaware River and the Clean Water Act

Did you miss this story? WHYY provides a succinct history of our beloved River.


December 9, 2019

Sustainability: New York City and the Brain-Based Economy

Investment in water infrastructure and climate resiliency among several important factors cited as key to New York City’s economic strength.


November 26, 2019

Advisory Groups Weighs in on Future of PES Refinery Complex

The report by Mayor Jim Kenney™s Refinery Advisory Group, which held a series of public hearings in late summer assessing the refinery complex, makes several recommendations and defines a set of values about the future of the refinery, which shut down and declared bankruptcy following a June 21 fire and explosion.


November 14, 2019

DRBC Staff Discuss State of the Basin at WRA’s Fall Technical Symposium

WRA’s Strategies for a Sustainable River Basin opens with the latest analysis from DRBC’s experts.

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November 6, 2019

Fall Technical Symposium Speakers Announced!

Strategies for a Sustainable Delaware Basin


September 30, 2019

Fall Technical Symposium Agenda Announced!

Join Us Nov 6th to hear the latest about the State of River, NYC’s work to protect the watershed and manage long term flow, and a range of case studies and research on sustainability and resilience.


September 20, 2019

DRBC Awarded Two Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund Grants

"We are appreciative of receiving this grant funding to support our flow management and habitat enhancement work in the upper basin, as well as our ongoing efforts to increase water quality and better support aquatic life in the estuary," said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. "Further, we congratulate all grant recipients and thank them for their commitments to improving the ecological health of the basin and the quality of life for its residents."


September 20, 2019

Delaware River Watershed conservation projects awarded $16 million in funding

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.


September 18, 2019

Magic Tricks, Water Education, and Giving Back to the Community

Need Inspiration? Read about how a NJ man blends his love for our waterways and the outdoors, and a desire to make the world a better place


September 16, 2019

World Bank Release Report on Worldwide Water Crisis and Solutions

See a quick overview from the Brookings Institute here, along with a link to the report


September 13, 2019

Trump Administration Repeals 2015 Rules on Water Protection

Narrowing the waters protected under the Clean Water Act. For more, listen to Bloomberg Law:


September 13, 2019

Trump Admin Repeals 2015 Water Protections

Listen to Bloomberg Law's podcast (8 minutes) to get insight


August 22, 2019

Gov. Wolf pledges $3.8M for PFAS-tainted water in Philly suburbs

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the state will spend $3.8M to help defray the cost of treating water tainted with hazardous chemicals in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

The money, which Wolf said will come from several sources, will go to Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick, four communities heavily affected by PFAS, which has leached into the region’s groundwater and drinking water for years.


April 10, 2019

37th Annual Recognition Dinner

Another year of success!


November 1, 2018

57th Annual Fall Conference

The Nature and Nurture of a Working River


April 18, 2018

36th Annual Recognition Dinner

Sponsorship Deadline is March 2, 2018


October 16, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - Our 56th Annual Fall Conference

Upstream, Downstream and the Turning Tide - Applying Science to Policy in the Delaware River Basin
Skytop Lodge
Skytop, PA


January 5, 2017

Revised DRBC Fee Structure Approved By Commissioners

The new approved fee structure will align with the One Process/One Permit Program


September 6, 2016

SAVE THE DATE - Our 55th Annual Fall Conference

Friday, November 11, 2016
'"Down the Delaware"
Exploring the Past, Present and Future of the New Jersey Bayshore


June 8, 2015

Basin's One Process/One Permit Program

By Kathy Klein


February 24, 2015

A History of Water Use Charges

From Winter 2015 Newsletter


October 15, 2014

Fall '14 Newsletter

New DRBC Executive Director issues statement


August 1, 2014

WRA President Announces Retirement

WRA's Executive Committee seeks a successor


May 21, 2014

Spring '14 Newsletter

2014 Buzzi Scholarship Recipient Announced


April 1, 2014

Winter '14 Newsletter

To say the maritime shipping industry is competitive would be a gross understatement.


November 1, 2013

Fall '13 Newsletter

Monitoring stations similar to this one at Reedy Island in the Delaware Estuary have been installed in the upper Delaware River.
Photo courtesy of USGS


June 1, 2013

Spring/Summer '13 Newsletter

2013 Buzzi Scholarship Recipient Announced


March 1, 2013

Winter '13 Newsletter

Integrated Water Resources Science and Services Stakeholder Report Issued


September 1, 2012

Fall '12 Newsletter

More than 15 million people rely on the Delaware River every day for clean drinking water. What they may not realize is that the availability of affordable, exceptionally clean water is a direct result of the abundance of forests upstream in the Delaware River Basin. Today’s good water quality helps keep source water treatment costs down for drinking water providers and industrial users alike.


June 1, 2012

Spring '12 Newsletter

WRA is pleased to announce that Brittney Jackson, a senior at Emmaus High School in Emmaus PA, was selected this year to receive the Dr. John L. Buzzi Memorial Scholarship. Brittney received a $1000 award to be put towards their college education.


May 1, 2012

April '12 Update

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently released the results of a comprehensive study that examines trends in water use among various user sectors. The study, led by David Sayers, Supervisor of Information Technology and Water Use Section at DRBC, has been several years in the making and was presented at WRA’s Fall Conference on November 2, 2011. Trends in water consumption and use were developed for over a 30-year period for major individual users and were grouped and totaled according to sector. Water use among public water suppliers was of particular interest given that DRBC is implementing a water accountability rule in 2012.


December 1, 2011

Winter '11 Newsletter

As global companies mature in their appreciation of the business case for sustainability, more attention is being paid to water management and water-related business risks.  By understanding their water footprint, companies can move from simply quantifying their water use to developing programs to utilize water resources more responsibly and sustainably. 


May 1, 2011

Spring '11 Newsletter

For many years now, the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin has been concerned with how the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) funds its activities. More recently, that concern has been related to how development and implementation of the new gas drilling regulations may affect DRBC’s other core activities related to the Basin’s water supply and flow management activities.


December 1, 2010

Winter '10 Newsletter

Long-awaited gas drilling regulations were issued by the Delaware River Basin Commission on December 9. Comments on the proposed regulations will be closed on March 15, 2011.


September 1, 2010

Fall '10 Newsletter

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting May 6 in Carneys Point, NJ to discuss plans by PSEG Nuclear to file an early site permit application, one of the first steps the utility would need to take to build a fourth reactor at its Artificial Island nuclear generating complex in Salem County. PSEG Nuclear currently operates the Salem 1, Salem 2 and Hope Creek reactors at its Artificial Island site in Lower Alloways Creek Township. The site is the second largest commercial nuclear generating complex in the U.S. If a fourth reactor were added, it would become the nation’s largest.


May 1, 2010

Spring '10 Newsletter

Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Aqua) is among a select group of companies chosen by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) that received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence at a ceremony held on April 20 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Aqua was selected to receive the prestigious award for its recent construction of a 1.1 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm at its Ingram's Mill Water Treatment Plant in East Bradford Township, which serves drinking water to the West Chester, Pennsylvania area.





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