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Upper Delaware River advocates take their case to Washington

Feb 03, 2017
A team of Upper Delaware River advocates spent two days in Washington D.C. this week meeting with our Senators and Congressman urging them to fight hard for our Upper Delaware

A team of Upper Delaware River advocates spent two days in Washington D.C. this week meeting with our Senators and Congressman urging them to fight hard for our Upper Delaware River economic and conservation interests.

Our team included Sam Rowe (Hancock Town Supervisor and Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition), Jeff, Sherri, and Dan from FUDR, and Maddy Urbish from the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed. We met personally with NY Congressman John Faso and PA Congressman Tom Marino. We also met with the offices of NY Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand and PA Senator Robert Casey.

We covered a wide range of issues including:

  • NYC Delaware River basin reservoir management and the need to break the stalemate among the Decree Parties on the next reservoir management plan (FFMP)
  • Support for the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition Stream Management Plan below the reservoirs 
  • Securing UDR funding in the recently enacted Delaware River Basin Conservation Act
  • Arrangement of summer visits to tour the river for a firsthand view of all the work that is underway in the Upper Delaware Region

We received encouraging responses from all of the elected officials we met with and will be following up with them providing the necessary information and guidance to maximize their ability to assist and support our efforts in the UDR region!  Click here to read the full press release 

Thanks to everybody who made the trip to D.C., and we will keep you posted on our efforts!

Jeff Skelding, Executive Director
skelding@fudr.org 
410-245-8021