The Upper and Middle Delaware River Basin is one of the cleanest rivers in the nation and is a Wild & Scenic River. It supplies drinking water to over 17 million people (5% of the US population); is home to rare and endangered species like the dwarf-wedge mussel, atlantic sturgeon, and the bog turtle, and it is the only free-flowing river remaining east of the Mississippi River. The Delaware River has the longest "Special Protections Waters" designation in the nation - this designation stretches for 197-miles. This region provides $22 billion in economic benefits from activities like hiking, hunting, boating and farming and includes the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and many other favorite places families come to enjoy.
Despite its importance, the Delaware River does not currently have the strongest protections available to it under the Clean Water Act. Therefore, I am urging the Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection to upgrade the Delaware River and its tributaries to Exceptional Value now to give it the protection and designation it deserves and help better protect this river and the communities that rely on it from harm.