Carper, Coons celebrate federal funding for Delaware waterways

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons today joined members of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to celebrate new federal funding for states in the Delaware River Basin.

The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program will get $5 million to support conservation and restoration work in Delaware River states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the program, which provides matching grants for on-the-ground conservation work.

One such project is the conservation of 1,082 acres of emergent and forested wetlands within the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge along the Delaware Bay.

The Delaware River supplies five percent of the U.S. population with drinking water. The Delaware Basin covers 50 percent of Delaware and encompasses 74 percent of the state’s population.

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