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Connecticut Riverwatch: Spring 2024


Improving Water Quality on the Philadelphia Waterfront--Swimming and kayaking are permitted--and popular--on long stretches of the Upper Delaware River. But a 27-mile stretch in the Philadephia area swimming is still banned, despite significant progress in cleaning up pollution. How to improved the situation is the subject of a new study released by the University of Pennsylvania. Conducted with the Delaware River Basin Commission, the study indicates it would cost upwards of $5 billion to achieve "swimmable conditions." More information.

Events in Delaware River Towns--Springtime is a great time to visit the towns and parks of the Upper Delaware. Bird life abounds, fishing and boating are popular, and historical sites are gearing up for the summer season. You can beat the crowds and get an early start on river activities. River levels are expected to be near normal this year, following a wet winter. More information.

Conserving the Neversink--The Friends of the Upper Delaware River are developing the first-ever conprehensive plan for the Neversink River, one of the main tributaries of the Delaware that includes a significant part of the water supply for New York City. The river is considered the birthplace of fly fishing in the U.S. It joins the Delaware main stem at Port Jervis, the meeting point of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. More information.

Waterfront on Ice--The Delaware River provided the backdrop for a spectacular celebration of the New Year on January 1, with a fireworks display at the Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The event centered at Penns Landing but the fireworks were visible up and down the river and in Camden, NJ. More information.

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