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How you can help the Delaware River get $5 million from Congress


Note: Much of the intelligence about this bill and its legislative process comes from conversations with Madeline Urbish, director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, and her colleague at the coalition, Madeline Emde, conservation associate.

In what some regard as a notoriously dysfunctional Congress, a bright light of bipartisanship is shining from House and Senate fans of the Delaware River.

If those fans can gather support from their colleagues, the watershed could see a $5 million infusion of federal funds to protect and improve the Delaware. Actually since the act calls for matching funds from other sources, it could mean $10 million for the Delaware.

The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act has been approved in the Senate, but there are a few hurdles before that money finds its way to the basin. Many of the representatives whose districts border the Delaware have signed on to the coalition. But many more will need to vote "Yes" (or actually "Yea") for the bill to move forward.

So if you, too, are a fan of the Delaware River and if you can shift your focus from one of the crazier presidential elections in U.S. history, you might help make a little history for the Delaware if you ask the people vying for your vote where they stand on this bill ...


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