Delaware Watershed Leadership: Four voices for the river

"Uniting the Delaware River Watershed" is the slogan for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, formed in 2012, not just to bring all the organizations working on the welfare of the river together but to amplify their voice at the local, state and federal level.

It seems to be working.

One of its significant achievements was to usher through Congress the Delaware River Basin Restoration Act in 2016, forming the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Lots of titles, but what it means is $5 million annually for a competitive, matching grant and technical assistance program.

That's $5 million federal dollars invested in the Delaware River Watershed, matched by other entities, making it $10 million of improvements to the watershed.

In addition, the CDRW works at the state level to bring attention to each state's relationship not just to its part of the river, but by working together, to the river and the watershed as a whole. Key to this effort are the state leads, different representatives of different environmental organizations chosen to focus attention of each state to the needs of the Delaware.

Delaware Currents asked each of them nine questions to better understand who they are, and what the role of the state lead is.

Drum roll, please.

Jeff Skelding DC
New York

Jeff Skelding

Friends of the Upper Delaware | FUDR.ORG

Rebecca Hilbert DC
New Jersey

Rebecca Hilbert

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters | NJLCV.ORG

Emily Baldauff DC

Emily Rinaldi Baldauff


Laura-Miller DC

Laura Miller


About Meg McGuire

Meg McGuire has been a journalist for 30 years in New York and Connecticut. She started in weekly newspapers and moved to full-time work in dailies 25 years ago. She knows about the tectonic changes in journalism firsthand, having been part of what was euphemistically called a "reduction in force" six years ago. Now she's working to find new ways to "do" the news as an independent online publisher of news about the Delaware River, its watershed and its people.

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