Mission: Partnership for the delaware estuary, a national estuary program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal delaware river and bay, which spans delaware, new jersey, and pennsylvania.
Programs: The organization's activities and accomplishments in 2014 included protecting and enhancing tidal wetlands using living shorelines at four sites in nj and de to stem the erosion of coasts and marshes, installing a long term wetland monitoring station on the broadkill creek in de and collecting data at monitoring stations and through rapid assessments of marshes around the region. They also included training over 100 volunteers to survey local streams for freshwater mussels, and conducting scientific surveys in a variety of streams including the urban delaware river, where divers found rare freshwater mussels in deeper waters. In 2014, the organization also conducted a city-wide drawing contest and spokesdog contests in two neighborhoods in philadelphia to educate people on how to prevent pollution, produced a curriculum guide on understanding the urban watershed for schools that was used in a series of workshops for teachers, and introduced teens from wilmington and camden to mussel surveying as part of green jobs programs in each city. In addition, the organization expanded its collaborative efforts in 2014 to reduce runoff from agriculture in the schuylkill river watershed and coordinate monitoring and water conservation in southern new jersey.
The Partnership is an well run organization focused on improving the Delaware Bay, river and all the rivers and streams that support life in the tri-state region. As a non-partisan organization, they combine their top notch sciencetist with academic, private and government experts working to improve the health of the estuary. Equal to their scientific expertise, the Partnership leads efforts to inform and educate people of the Delaware valley on how they can improve our common water. From providing school teachers resources to enlighten our next generation to enlisting citizen scientist to monitor the health of the estuary and other volunteer activities, the Partnership is doing an outstanding job of raising the appreciation and understanding of this valuable resource we all depend upon. I'm grateful to be a part of the organization doing this important work for the future of our region.
The Partnership for Delaware Estuary (PDE) is one of the best organizations to work with in the region as we can always rely on them to deliver creative, educational and unique experiences for our various audiences. I have worked with them regularly for over 10 years and they never cease to blow me away with their fresh perspective and insightful knowledge. From the annual PWD Spokesdog Competition to the annual Green City, Clean Waters Art Calendar Contest and a variety of other events and projects, PDE always makes it fun and educational. Many thanks to PDE for their excellent work!