The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) yesterday announced $2.4 million in grants as part of the first round of $7 million in funding to improve waters that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River.
These grants are part of a $35 million multi-state investment by the William Penn Foundation to protect the Delaware River. This initial round of funding includes 15 projects that will work toward restoring water quality and fish and wildlife habitat across the Delaware River watershed.
The projects announced yesterday will collaboratively restore 34 acres of wetlands and 32 miles of riparian habitat, engage 1,050 volunteers and mitigate nearly two million gallons of stormwater runoff.
In April 2014, The William Penn Foundation announced a $7 million grant to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore habitat in the Delaware River as part of a $35 million initiative that also includes the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Open Space Institute and more than 40 additional national and regional partners.
The initiative aims to permanently protect more than 30,000 acres, implement more than 40 restoration projects, pilot new incentives for landowners and businesses, provide replicable models for other locations in the watershed, and develop long-term water quality data for the watershed at an unprecedented scale.
Press Release, July 16, 2014