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In response to a petition submitted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network regarding high lead levels in the sediments of the Philadelphia Gun Club, located next to the Delaware River in Bensalem, Bucks County, PA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated in October, 2013 a preliminary assessment of the site pursuant to federal law.

After 3 years of advocacy and a lawsuit filed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network's River Resources law clinic Dupont pulled out of the project it was pursuing with the US Army to dump 1200 tons of VX nerve agent waste in the Delaware River.

DRN advocacy protected nearly 1/3 of an acre of shallow water fish habitat which would have otherwise been filled during wharf reconstruction in Trenton.  Shallow water fish habitat is extremely important in this reach of the river which was being increasingly lined with fill projects and hardened banks.  The wharf was rebuilt but without filling in and over this important habitat.

After a year of refusing multiple requests by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to mandate the Tennessee Gas Pipeline 300 Line Extension Project and the Columbia 1278 Replacement Project secure Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) review and dockets before being installed, on January 30, 2013,  the DRBC reversed their decision and determined it would subject the two projects to review and permitting (in DRBC terms called getting a docket).  While the two projects had been completed -- the multiple violations of law during their construction and the abysmal restoration efforts upon their completion leaves plenty of room for implementing restoration practices to minimize and reduce their water quality and ecosystem harms.  

The Township of Lower, Cape May County, NJ applied for a CAFRA Individual Permit and received said permit on January 17, 2014 for a project called the Beach Drive Pedestrian Access Improvement Project.  The project would have cut 6 to 16 feet (varying information secured during investigations) into a dune for a distance of 1.5 miles in order to accommodate a new walk way on the bay side of Beach Drive.  On the other side of Beach Drive there already exists a sidewalk.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network was instrumental in securing the current moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River watershed.

A Proposed Hazardous Waste Incinerator for Bristol Township, less than a mile from the Delaware River, was forced to withdraw after months of opposition from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the community, and residents on the NJ side of the River.

October 10, 2006 the New Jersey Supreme Court denied the New Jersey's Builders Association petition challenging the 300 foot buffer rule contained in New Jersey's stormwater regulations adopted in 2004.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network had a key hand in securing this important and precedent setting regulatory requirement. Not only did we advocate for its specific inclusion in the regulations but we also provided back up materials used to support the inclusion and maintenance of this key provision.

“Parks for Cash” Plan by the PA Legislature Defeated

HB 2224 began working its way through the Pennsylvania Legislature in Spring 2012. The bill would have removed the court oversight that now prevents municipalities from shortsightedly selling our local parks, open spaces, trails and other public lands for quick cash. Unfortunately, little attention was given to HB 2224 or its implications early on and it passed the Pennsylvania House 197 - 0. But as the bill moved to the Pennsylvania Senate this fall, greater scrutiny revealed the harm that could result if HB 2224 passed.

For over 10 years, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been calling for the cleanup and regulation of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), highly toxic compounds that have been released into the environment through manufacturing and waste for many decades.