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In July 2020, Geryville Materials withdrew its application to open a quarry in the Hosensack watershed. First proposed in 2008, and revised in 2014 and 2015, this quarry targeted up to 628.5 acres, much of which is forested. The site includes Exceptional Value wetlands and a Class A trout stream. The applicant was issued deficiency letters by PADEP in 2015 and in 2017.

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.

Marple Township BOC Unanimously Votes 7-0 to Deny Sproul Developers Plans to Build on Old Growth Forest/Don Guanella Woods 

Board of Commissioners Call on their Duty Under the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment and Constitution

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.

In 2009, after many years of advocacy, citizen action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network community leadership, and debate, we marked as a victory the preservation of Petty’s Island.

Prevented construction along with partners of an Incinerator along the Delaware River in Mercer County, NJ.

Key player in the effort that successfully prevented introduction of Pacific Salmonids to the Delaware River system.