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The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is the only advocacy organization working throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed. Delaware Riverkeeper Network uses a combination of strong science, community action, and legal expertise to defend the Delaware River, its tributaries, and communities against threats to clean water and healthy rivers. 

We work with communities to take a strong stance on the hard issues — to defend our River and communities from projects that would do harm, and to fight for and secure new regulations and protections that will provide critical defense and progress in the future.


  • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been a lead partner in litigation in Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania challenging the Township’s attempt to open up nearly all of the Township (...
  • Communities continue to install an increasing number of artificial turf fields. 
    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network receives regular calls for information, assistance and comment letters to help resist...
  • The Bishop Tube Site is a former metals processing plant located in East Whiteland Township, PA.  The site is bordered by Little Valley Creek, a tributary to the exceptional value Valley Creek.   ...
    • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network continues to monitor and challenge ongoing bridge replacement projects near sensitive streams in the Delaware River Watershed. 
      The Tinicum Creek basin is designated...
    • Penn DOT is seeking to replace and massively increase the size of the current Pond Eddy bridge between Pike County, Pennsylvania and Sullivan County, New York. The proposed bridge would have a 40-ton...
    • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is opposed to the destruction and replacement of the historic Headquarters Road Bridge (also known as Sheephole Bridge and Burnt Mill Bridge), a 200 year old historic...
    • PennDOT is pursuing two bridge projects over Tributaries of Tinicum Creek at Tettemer and Cafferty Roads in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, PA.  
        
      The Tinicum Creek basin is designated as an...
  • Proposed Hazardous Waste Incinerator in Riverfront Community a Regional Threat
      
    Update -- Victory -- Feb 19, 2014
    The attorney for the Route 13 Business Partners, LLC requested their application...
  • A stream is not just the water that flows through a channel.  A stream includes its bed, its banks, and the lands that run along its length.  The land along our streams and rivers is an essential and...
  • The Federal Transit Administration decided to partially fund a 12-story bus terminal, parking garage, commercial and condominium development in the floodplain of the Delaware River in the Easton, PA...

  • Clean and renewable energy options such as wind and solar, if supported today and coupled with concerted energy efficiency programs, could not only totally power every state in our watershed by the...
  • Commercial Shipping Impacts on Water Quality and Invasive Species Introductions
    During normal operations, ships from all over the world discharge both pollutants and invasive species into our marine...
  • The forests of the Delaware River Watershed are under constant threat. The important natural benefits of intact and healthy forests to the Watershed are recognized by scientists, agencies,wildlife...
  • The Delaware River watershed is home to a wide variety of species in the water, in the air, in the trees and across the land.  The Delaware Riverkeeper Network regularly submits comments, crafts...
  • The Delaware City Refinery kills 30 to 45 million fish a year — needlessly. 
    Striped Bass, Weakfish, White Perch, Bay Anchovy are among the 53 species indiscriminately killed at the facility. As much...
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed dredging the Delaware River to deepen the shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet. Though this may sound harmless, it is not.
    There are numerous...
  • The Delaware Riverkeeper was appointed a member of the Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee created by federal legislation in response to the Athos I oil spill.  This Federal Advisory...
  • On March 5th the Delaware Riverkeeper Network delivered to the Delaware River Basin Commission a petition asking them to take steps to protect fish populations of the Delaware Estuary by ensuring the...
  • Act 13, also known as HB1950, was signed into law by Governor Corbett on February 14, 2012. 
    Act 13 amended the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, preempting municipal zoning of oil and gas development....
  • West Goshen Sewer Authority v. U.S. EPA & Delaware Riverkeeper Network, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 2:12-cv-05353-JS
    On June 10, 2013, the...
  • On April 19, 2012, DRN provided notice of its intent to sue the Italian American Sportmen’s Club (IASC) under the Environmental Rights Act for its longtime violations of New Jersey’s Freshwater...
  • In February 2012, ten concerned Eastwick residents met to discuss two recent home invasions that threatened the quality of life in their quiet Southwest Philadelphia community.  From that initial...
  • Falls Township, Bucks County, Penna. – Elcon Recycling Services, LLC proposes to import as much as 210,000 tons of chemical hazardous waste annually to a site in Bucks County that is less than ½ mile...
  • For the Generations: Ensuring Constitutional-level environmental protections for healthy people and quality lives; for today’s generation and tomorrow’s.
    Our right to pure water, clean air and a...
  • Save Hamilton Open Space’s (SHOS) filed suit against Hamilton Township (Mercer County) for approving the Christopher Estates residential development that failed to meet basic stormwater requirements...
  • All across the Delaware River Watershed, townships and private landowners are using herbicides to control invasive plants on parks, trails and public lands.  And so the exposure of children, adults,...
  • DRN filed comment to PADEP in response to Holbert’s conditional use permit application for the expansion of their operation despite habitual permitting violations.  DRN requested a public hearing.  ...
  •  The EPA Risk Assessment report draws specifically on DRN/GeoSystem’s data in their conclusion that the PGC did not go nearly far enough in their Risk Assessment and that the contamination was worse...
  • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network and project partner the Newton Creek Watershed Association trained volunteers to photo-document sources of non-point source pollutants throughout the Newton Creek...
  • Radnor Township is proposing to construction a new detention basin in North Wayne Park, Radnor Township, PA as a solution to downstream flooding.  
    According public statements and documents,...
  • New York City has one of the few unfiltered water supplies in the nation. That is how healthy our Delaware River water is – it is unfiltered and still clean and healthy to drink.  
    Pursuant to state...
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network & Delaware Riverkeeper et. al. v. NY State Department of Environmental Conservation: The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, The Humane Society of the United States, the...
  • Trains carrying tank cars loaded with volatile domestic crude oil from North Dakota and other domestic shale fields are increasingly traveling across the nation.  Many of these 100 to 120 car trains...
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was discovered by a Dupont scientist in 1938 but concerns about poisonous vapors from the chemical held up its use for a period of time by Dupont.  After about 15 yrs.,...
  • July 12, 2013
     
    Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
    Attn: Mr. Chris Urban, Chief Natural Diversity Section
    Headquarters – Harrisburg
    450 Robinson Lane
    Bellefonte, PA 16823-9620
     
    Re: Perkiomen...
  • The Philadelphia airport is proposing to expand out into the river, including constructing a new runway.  The project includes dredging of 37 acres of riverbottom and filling in 25 acres of the...
  • In Short -- Delaware Riverkeeper Network's legal action seeking that the Philadelphia Gun Club comply with the Clean Water Act was a success.
    The Philadelphia Gun Club owns property adjoining the...
    • PJM Interconnect, a regional transmission organization (RTO) with representation from the power industry, is poised to recommend advancement of a new 500kV Transmission Line to address electrical...
    • On October 27, 2015, PPL Electric Utilities filed an application with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to build a major new transmission powerline. The first 95 mile segment would run...
    • DRN, along with several other environmental organizations, continue to challenge the Department of Interior, the National Park Service, PSE&G and PPL in federal court in an effort to stop forest...
  • Coal fly ash blew out from a storage basin at Pennsylvania Power and Light’s (PPL) Martin’s Creek power plant in 2005, burying at least nine miles of the bottom of the Delaware River and the...
  • Radnor Township is in the process of updating its stormwater ordinance. The current ordinance continues to allow an increase in the volume of stormwater runoff that results from new development and...
    • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is transforming an area at Radnor’s Ithan Elementary School that had been overwhelmed by invasives into an area dominated by native plants, and is creating...
    • DRN has developed a Master Plan for the park in collaboration with the Morgan Village Circle CDC.  This masterplan includes a focus on "Exercise and Ecology".  Contact John Nystedt at john@...
  • There is a moratorium on natural gas drilling/fracking and water withdrawals in the Delaware River Watershed, enacted by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in May 2010, by unanimous vote of...
    • Act 13 amended the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, preempting municipal zoning of oil and gas development. It also established an impact fee on natural gas. 
      The  Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Maya van...
    • Delaware Riverkeeper Network has joined with organizations from across the region to oppose the proposed Dominion Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas export facility. 
      The Federal Energy Regulatory...
    • On May 17, 2016 a case was filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania challenging the DRBC's authority over drilling and fracking actitivies and challenging its defacto...
    • Currently there are at least 15 applications for liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) export facilities in the U.S. pending before the federal government. These applications, along with already approved...
    • May 26, 2015 the Delaware Riverkeeper Network received notification that a SLAPP suit was being filed against it by a real estate developer and a group of landowners who have all leased their land...
  • Soil Safe is contaminated soils landfill operating out of Logan Township, Gloucester County, NJ.  
    On March 3, 2014, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) filed a law suit against Soil Safe, Inc.,...
  • Pennsylvania is pressing another damaging project for the Delaware River, seemingly using its friendly contacts at the Army Corps to press forward a special review for the project that will modify in...
  • In 1992, in response to a petition submitted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the DRBC designated the Middle and Upper Delaware River as Special Protection Waters and created a special body of...
  • Stormwater User Fees and Utilities are gaining more attention as a mechanism for funding stormwater projects in communities.
    Radnor Township, PA is currently considering a user fee.  
    The concept of...
  • The President is pressing for passage of a new trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). Leaked sections of the secret deal demonstrate it is light on environmental...
  • On February 3, 2015, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and co-petitioners submitted a petition to the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to upgrade the Hosensack Basin and all of its...
  • The Upper and Middle Delaware River is a jewel for our nation.  It inspires and provides for millions of Americans.  In December 2011, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and our local, regional and...
  • 3/19/14 UPDATE
    DEP presented their final report and recommendation (no change) to the EQB on March 18th.  Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Perkiomen Trout Unlimited and Lower Milford presented testimony...
  • Villanova sought and secured creation of a special zoning ordinance it can avail itself of for massive new construction.
     Among the many shortcomings are that the ordinance allows increased...