Delaware River




A River Again: The Story of the Schuylkill River Project
Chari Towne
Hardcover, 234 Pages

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's most recent publication presents the story of how, in a short time, the Schuylkill went from being considered waters of "uncommon purity" to being this country's dirtiest river. That distinction resulted in the Schuylkill River becoming the focus of a precedent-setting river cleanup effort from 1947 to 1951. A River Again, researched and written by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network's Schuylkill Watershed Specialist Chari Towne, tells the story of how the Schuylkill was allowed to become so polluted and details the efforts of those who worked to restore the health of the river.


Damming the Delaware : The Rise and Fall of Tocks Island Dam
Richard C. Albert
Paperback, 212 Pages

First published in 1987 and named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book the following year, Damming the Delaware is the definitive study of two hundred years of water management history along the Delaware River.  The history of the Tocks Island Dam Project is traced from an early 1783 anti-dam treaty, through the highly emotional environmental controversy in the 1970’s, to the historic Good Faith agreement of the 1980’s.  The story involves the water politics of four states, two major US cities, and the federal government, plus the influence of the environmental movement over major public works projects.


A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River
Gary Letcher
Paperback, 240 Pages


This book is a guide to those who wish to experience the Delaware River in a canoe, kayak, raft, tube or other unpowered craft. It describes the river from the confluence of the East and West Branches at Hancock, NY, to tidewater at Trenton, NJ.

" A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River makes all of this nature, beauty, and history accessible. It tells you those special spots, where to put in and where to take out, the secret stories and locations to look for, where to find the quiet waters and the fast flowing rapids. My copy of an earlier edition is dog-eared, water-spattered, and worn with repeated use---and yet I never head out onto the river without it." Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

Pond and Brook: A Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments
Michael J. Caduto
Paperback, 276 Pages

Designed specifically for the amateur naturalist and filled with hands-on projects and activities, Pond and Brook introduces readers to the intriguing world of freshwater life.  Michael Caduto’s keen eye investigates all common freshwater environments, from wetlands and deep lakes to streams and vernal ponds.  An important feature of the book is its holistic approach to both living and non-living components of freshwater environments, and how they fit together to weave an ecological whole.  Readers will learn the unique properties of water, the basic principles vital to understanding aquatic life, and the origin of freshwater habitats.


Stream Restoration in Pennsylvania:  Ten Case Studies
76 Pages, Full Color

The process and completion of ten specific restoration projects in the state of Pennsylvania.  Techniques and approaches to organizing projects are included, as well as implementation strategies.


In Defense of Watersheds: Protecting Your Community From Flooding Without Dams
Includes case study, “The Demise of Dark Hollow Dam”
154 Pages

Dams and regional detention basins are proliferating in an effort to control increased flooding in the Delaware River Watershed.  Stormwater runoff from sprawling development is the root cause of much of our flooding, of more frequent and more severe drought conditions, and of a downward spiral in the health of our streams.  This approach is not effective, economically viable, or even necessary.  In Defense of Watersheds explains how nonstructural solutions and preventive conservation efforts work more effectively and provides a step by step guide on how to make better alternatives a reality in your community.


Devastation on the Delaware
Mary A. Shafer
Paperback, 452 Pages

August 18-20, 1955: Three terrifying days and nights still remembered with awe in the Delaware River Valley.  Record-breaking rainfall abruptly ended a withering drought, but the relief was short-lived.  It was soon overshadowed by terror and destruction as massive floods tore away bridges and ripped houses from their foundations. Devastation on the Delaware follows the true stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to bring these events to chilling life.  More than 100 historical photos and a dozen maps illustrate this definitive account of a tragic event that changed life in the Delaware Valley forever.

The Plants of Pennsylvania
Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block
Illustrations by Anna Anisko
Hardcover, 1061 Pages

The Plants of Pennsylvania
provides a means of positively identifying the more than 3,000 species of flowering plants, ferns, and gymnosperms native or naturalized to the Commonwealth.  The manual includes keys to families, genera, and species; extensive diagnostic illustrations; scientific and common names; and data on distribution ranges, relative frequency, rare and endangered species, blooming and fruiting periods, taxonomic notes, and an illustrated glossary.  Developed in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Flora Database project and compiled by botanists at the Morris Arboretum, the book is an authoritative, accessible, and indispensable guide to Pennsylvania’s plant life.


The Riverkeepers
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and John Cronin
Foreword by Al Gore
Hardcover, 302 Pages

A modern-day David and Goliath tale, The Riverkeepers is an impassioned firsthand account by two advocates who have taken on powerful corporate and government polluters to win back the river they love.  Interweaving the personal, philosophical, and political, the book is a timely call to action that will resonate across America as the backlash spearheaded by congressional leaders and their major corporate allies threatens to reverse the hard-won victories in environmental law and policy.  It is an eloquent and essential reminder that environmentalism is really about defending democracy and our most basic rights as citizens.



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Tall Tales From the Watershed
Uke Jackson

Winner of the Parents Choice Award, this collection of children’s stories told by award winning storyteller Uke Jackson, Tall Tales From the Watershed will enchant children with its marvelous cast of characters.  Jackson’s warm voice takes children on a magical tour of River prose and folk tales. Recommended for children aged 4-7.


Riverkeeper Publications

Adopt-A-Buffer Toolkit:  Monitoring and Maintaining Restoration Projects
133 Pages

This information-packed manual is for local watershed groups, restoration practitioners and volunteer monitors who implement stream restoration projects.  Delaware Riverkeeper Network has field tested these protocols and is using this Toolkit for its own Adopt-A-Buffer Initiative, which  monitors over eighty restoration projects in the Delaware Watershed.  Included is a series of maintenance fact sheets that address common issues and challenges.


Specialty Items

Bulk Rate Macramé Bracelets


4 for $10.00 including shipping
Macramé bracelets with the word “river” woven through them. This item is of high quality and would allow use by a larger audience in a variety of venues. It resembles the idea behind the silicone livestrong bracelets, but is more in tune with DRN ideals and values.


Macramé Bracelet


Macramé bracelets with the word “river” woven through them. This item is of high quality and would allow use by a larger audience in a variety of venues. It resembles the idea behind the silicone livestrong bracelets, but is more in tune with DRN ideals and values.


"Remember the River" Bulk Rate Lapel Pins


5 for $25.00
In order to ensure inclusion of DRN’s highly professional audience in the campaign, the Campaign includes a high quality lapel pin with the words “Remember the River.”


"Remember the River" Lapel Pin


In order to ensure inclusion of DRN’s highly professional audience in the campaign, the Campaign includes a high quality lapel pin with the words “Remember the River.”


Waterproof Paddler Cases
These waterproof, sealed, floatable plastic cases are ideal for paddlers and boaters in the Delaware and its tributaries who wish to hold onto their cell phones, credit cards or cash when out on the River. The cases are 5"x3" and come in Red, Blue and Teal with a braided necklace string. The DRN Paddler cases come with our pollution hotline # on the fromt, 1-800-8DELAWARE, so that our eyes on the River can let us know what they see a pollution incident and help the Delaware Riverkeeper protect our streams.

Colors Available: Red, Blue, and Teal

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Riverkeeper Tote Bags

Going Shopping? Out to the garden? Down the shore? Our organic cotton canvas tote bags are the best way to carry around your groceries, books, gardening gear, or beach stuff. Use our tote bags to replace those plastic shopping bags that can be harmful to the environment and kill wildlife. Did you know that plastic bags are made from natural gas or petroleum by products? Our tote bags are made in the USA from 10 ounce organic cotton canvas. They are easy to clean, made to last, and they feature the beautiful Delaware Riverkeeper Network logo screen printed in teal.

3 sizes available:
Classic Tote: Width = 18", Height = 15", Gusset = 5"
Grocery Tote: Width = 16.5", Height = 17", Gusset = 6"
Beach Tote: Width = 21.5", Height = 17", Gusset = 6"
All have 23" handles

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

With increasing concern over chemicals leaching from plastic water bottles, isn't it time you broke the bottled water habit?

•  According to Reader's Digest, “[t]he energy used each year making the bottles needed to meet the demand for bottled water in the United States is equivalent to more than 17 million barrels of oil.” ( )
•  Stainless steel water bottles are recommended by National Geographic's Green Guide over aluminum bottles . ( )
•  Now available for only $12 from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, stainless steel water bottles made by New Wave Enviro Brands. Reader's Digest recommended New Wave Enviro Brand Products in their February 2008 issue on bottled water.

So do something for earth's sake today. Order a stainless steel water bottle from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Our bottles are good for any everyday excursion or whenever thirst hits. These water bottles are rugged, reliable and reusable. Choose from navy blue with cream logo or gold with black logo.

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Remember the River CampaignThe Delaware is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, flowing freely for 330 miles as it travels from New York state, through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to the Atlantic Ocean.

Our Remember the River campaign is a tribute to the Delaware. Learn more about this campaign.

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