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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...
  • Birdsboro Power, LLC, is proposing to construct and operate a 485 megawatt (MW) natural gas combined cycle power plant along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The proposed plant would be built on...
  • Update July 1, 2019 -- PA DEP has posted the remediation investigation documents for public review. You can find them here.  We will provide additional detail on the proposal and comment...
    • 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...
  • UPDATE: August 2018****Report just released! Tremendous value of natural riparian buffers documented!****
    A stream is not just the water that flows through a channel.  A stream includes its bed, its...
  • 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...

  • A project has been proposed for the Camden waterfront that would fill the Delaware River and destroy rare & extraordinary ecological habitats. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, in...
  • 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...
  • Delaware’s historic Coastal Zone Act has been in place since June 28, 1971. The Act recognizes that Delaware’s coastal areas are “the most critical” for quality of life. It is the goal of the CZA to...
  • 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...
  • For over 20 years the Delaware Riverkeeper Network battled against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to deepen the Delaware River's main navigation channel from 40 to 45 feet.   After...
  • 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...

  • Dragon Springs Buddhist Inc is proposing to dam a headwater stream, destroy headwater wetlands, discharge poorly-treated wastewater to a Basher Kill trout stream, create acres of impervious cover...
  • 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...
  • Update 5/15/2019:
    On May 15, 2019, PADEP formally issued a notice of intent to deny Elcon's Phase II Part B commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility application. The comment period...
  • 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...

    • UPDATE: On May 13th, an action will be held at the Trenton State House to educate legislators on the importance of a New Jersey Green Amendment. See flyer at the bottom for more information.
      On...

    • The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been working to support constitutional level protection for environmental rights in New York's constitution. 
      While for years there have been provisions...
    • March, 2012, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Maya van Rossum the Delaware Riverkeeper, seven municipalities, and Dr. Mehernosh Khan filed legal action challenging Act 13, which was signed into law...
  • BREAKING!
    Army Corps of Engineers issues supplemental notice admitting LNG would be exported under their permit, providing 15 days public comment, until July 31, on the proposal to allow a new dock...
  • UPDATE 2019-07-19
    Delaware Riverkeeper Network Joins With Downstream Land Owners to Challenge 17,000 Gallon Per Day Wastewater Discharge Into Pristine Local Stream Halfway Brook
    Sullivan County, NY...
  • 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...
  • On March 5, 2018, Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC filed a Declaration of Intention with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the proposed Vandling Drift Reclamation Pump Storage Project...
  • January 11, 2017, Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC (Merchant Hydro) filed an application with FERC to study the feasibility of a proposed pumped storage hydroelectric project they call Nockamixon...

  • Mohican Lake is a beautiful and well-protected natural lake (~150 acres) within the Town of Lumberland in Sullivan County, New York. Set in the forested headwaters of Mill Brook, a tributary which...

  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a critical law that empowers local communities to protect themselves and their environment from dangerous, rushed, or poorly planned federal projects...
  • The Newton Creek Watershed is located in Camden County New Jersey with its headwaters located in suburban Collingswood, Haddonfield and Haddon Heights and its confluence with the Delaware in the City...
  • 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...
  • Since at least 2014, Radnor Township has been proposing to construction a new detention basin in North Wayne Park, Radnor Township, PA as a solution to downstream flooding.  While there exists a...
  • 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...
    • FERC Docket Number: CP18-46
      In November, Adelphia Gateway, L.L.C. (Adelphia), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources Corporation, announced that it was buying an 89 mile pipeline from Talen Energy Corp...
    • The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline (ASP) will move Marcellus Shale gas from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to as far as south as Alabama. The ASP is a Williams Energy Partners project, which currently...
    • Update - 2/26/15 - Tell FERC No Tree Cuts – Don’t Rubberstamp Construction of Columbia Pipeline
      FERC Docket No: CP 14-17
      Two separate natural gas pipeline projects proposed to cut through the...
    • Project Suspended!
      April 2013 it was posted to the Commonwealth Pipeline's website (www.commonwealthpipeline.com): 
        "The sponsors of Commonwealth Pipeline have suspended development of the project...
    • March 24, 2017
      The NDNY court dismissed Constitution Pipeline Company’s lawsuit against NYDEC. DRN had submitted a motion to intervene on behalf of NYDEC, and while our pending Motion to Intervene...
    • Delaware River Pipeline Relocation Project – Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline Company, from Delaware County PA under the Delaware River to Paulsboro Refinery, NJ
      The Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline...
    • Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company Proposes its Third Consecutive Pipeline Upgrade in Three Years with its Diamond East Pipeline Project
       
      Project Name: Diamond East Pipeline Project (Proposed by...
    • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is a demonstrably biased agency that has become a partner with, rather than a regulator of, the pipeline companies it purports to oversee. FERC is...
    • The Greenspring Pipeline Expansion project proposed by the Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company includes over 11 miles of pipeline (11 miles of 16-inch diameter and 0.1 mile of 10-inch diameter), two...
    • Millennium Pipeline Company’s Hancock Compressor Project -- the Basics: 
          15,000 horsepower compressor, fueled by natural gas, to increase capacity of the Millennium pipeline. 
          Proposed for...
    • The Leidy Southeast Expansion Project (LSE project) is proposed for construction by Transcontinental Pipeline Company (“Transco”). Transco is requesting to construct and operate the LSE project in...
      • On March 10, 2015 the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) initiated a lawsuit under the All Writs Act against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the Court of Appeals for the D.C....
    • Linden Energy Services is seeking the right an easement over public lands owned by Buckingham and Preston Townships in Wayne, County PA.  The Easement would allow construction of a minimum of two...
    • On September 27, 2015, Sunoco submitted an application to the Delaware River Basin Commission for its Pennsylvania Pipeline Project, also referred to as Mariner East 2.  According to its August 2015...
    • The Millennium Pipeline Company (Millennium) has announced its proposed Eastern System Upgrade Project—which includes:
      a new 22,400 horsepower compressor station in the Town of Highland, NY
      addition...
    • April 24, 2018 Update: DRN has sued FERC challenging the issuance of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company...
    • PennEast Pipeline Co. Proposes 114-mile Large Scale Natural Gas Transmission Line Through the Delaware River Basin. 
      PennEast has been improperly accessing properties for purpose of surveys.  See...
      • On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PennEast Pipeline project that is 1,174 pages long giving...
      • January 24, 2018, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed a rehearing request challenging the FERC Certificate issued approving the PennEast Pipeline Project.  The FERC Certificate was issued at 8:20...
      • February 7, 2017 the PADEP issued 401 Certification for the PennEast pipeline.  The Certification was formally noticed in the February 25, addition of the PA Bulletin.  February 28 the Delaware...
      • Sign Up to Help Provide An Accurate Picture of the Impacts of the Proposed PennEast Pipeline.

        From the Comfort of Your Own Home .... You can help us pull key information points from the comments...
    • The Memorandum of Agreement was voted down (tie vote, 7 to 7—they need a majority to pass) by the NJ Pinelands Commission at their meeting Friday morning, Jan. 10! Your letters and emails made a...
    • The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is obligated to review and approve any pipeline projects that pass through the boundaries of the Delaware River Watershed. To date it has chosen not to...
    • As shale gas extraction continues the infrastructure to advance and serve it is proliferating into communities throughout our watershed and beyond.  Communities are eager for information, strategies...
    • Big Victory! 
        In a decision issued June 6, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, ruled that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the NJ Sierra Club and New Jersey Highlands...
    • Appalachia to Market Expansion 2014 (TEAM 2014)
      Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Docket Number – CP13-84
      The public can subscribe to receive information about this pipeline project as it...
    • Transcontinental Gas and Pipeline Company (“Transco”) is replacing an existing 30-inch gas pipeline in Chester County, PA with a 42-inch pipeline.  The project as proposed would cross and affect the...
    • County in the Delaware River Watershed Where Planned --- Monroe County (Ross Township) 
       
      The Transcontinental [Transco] Northeast Supply Link Project is an expansion of Transco’s existing pipeline...
    • 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...
  • Proposed Dune Destruction And Sidewalk Project Along Beach Drive/Shore Drive, Blks. 559+, Lots 1+, Lower Township, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Lower Township, Cape May County is proposing to...
  • 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...
    • Update:  August 6, 2018:  Pennsylvania Supreme Court Vacates Commonwealth Court Decision & Remands Middlesex Township Gas Drilling Case 
      The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Vacated a June 7, 2017...
    • 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.,...
  • The Southport Development project involves the filling in of 12.28 acres of open water (.2 of which is emergent wetlands, 1.08 acres of which is shallow water habitat, and 3.62 of which is deep water...
  • 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...
    • For over two decades, the Delaware River community has been working and waiting to see the realization of Tinicum Conservancy’s stream upgrade petition, which was submitted to PA DEP in 1995. The...
    • 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...
  • Synagro and Waste Management Inc.’s Proposed Sludge Drying Plant at Grand Central Landfill
    According to EPA: “’Sewage Sludge’ refers to the solids separated during the treatment of municipal...
  • Hamilton Township (Mercer County), New Jersey - Synnergy Solar, LLC is proposing to construct a 4.1 MW solar array field on a 38.2 acs site located at the confluence of the Assunpink Creek and its...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s local allies, the Darby Creek Valley Association submitted a stream upgrade petition to the PADEP for sections of the Whetstone Creek, a tributary to the Darby Creek...