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Delaware River Named 2020 River of the Year

American Rivers, an advocacy organization, recently awarded the Delaware River as River of the Year for 2020. The honor recognizes the momentous progress it has achieved for water quality, river restoration and community revitalization.

Seventy-five years ago, the Delaware River was choked with pollution and sewage. Today, it is on the mend and thriving. The quality of water in the Delaware River has dramatically improved allowing fish and wildlife to return in tremendous numbers. It has also restored confidence in local advocates that understand that a healthy Delaware River is vital to the health of millions of people. Fifteen million people get their drinking water from the Delaware River.

 The dramatic comeback is a result of the collaboration of federal protections, state enforcement to ensure adequate water supplies and innovative local water management and advocacy groups. 

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