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A Transformative Investment in the Delaware River Watershed

Twenty-seven acres of retired farmland in Townsend, Delaware.

Two derelict dams in White Township, New Jersey.

Nearly a mile of degraded riverfront bordering a hazardous waste site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

These are just some of the places in the Delaware River watershed that will soon be transformed with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the fifth round of grants from the Delaware River Watershed Conservation Fund — 36 projects that move the needle in areas key to sustaining a healthy watershed: reducing flooding and runoff, restoring fish and wildlife habitats, improving water quality, and enhancing safe recreational access for the public.

A dozen of those projects are made possible by $26 million from the infrastructure law, passed in November 2021, that will be distributed through the fund during the next five years. Funded projects will use nature-based solutions to restore fish and wildlife habitat and help communities thrive in the face of change.

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