|Delaware River Basin Program|
The Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Delaware River Basin Program helps build sound bipartisan legislative strategies for ecosystem restoration for the four-state watershed (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). The Institute program began in 2008 with a William Penn grant to the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Institute’s specific role is to help raise the profile of the river basin in Washington, in large part through supporting the bipartisan Congressional Delaware River Basin Task Force in becoming a stronger voice and more effective agent for water quality improvement in the region. The Institute also advises coalition-building efforts, led by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in the Delaware region to support a coordinated legislative strategy including efforts around the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act.
In addition to supporting the bipartisan Congressional Delaware River Basin Task Force, specific activities of NEMWI include conducting research, providing regular updates for the Congressional District offices, and organizing briefings. Recent research includes a collaborative effort with the University of Delaware to estimate economic value of natural ecosystems in the Delaware River Basin by Congressional District.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
- William Penn Foundation
- Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
- Delaware River Basin Commission
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Delaware Estuary Watershed Grants Program
- The Nature Conservancy Delaware Initiative - Prioritization Report
- University of Delaware Economic Report