To realize the Clean Water Act’s promise to make all of our waters safe enough for swimming and fishing, we need to make it easier for people to see and understand how the problems of today are affecting our waters. That’s why we organized the Delaware Watershed Project.
We built the project around three principles:
First, water is life, as many activists say, but it’s also local. Everybody supports clean water in general. People care most deeply about the river, stream, lake or other body of water that’s close to their home and heart. That’s why we chose the Delaware River watershed as the focus for our work. It allows us to do a deep dive (pardon the pun) into the problems affecting one watershed that touches the lives of millions of people.
Second, it’s the 21st century. We expect to find answers on our laptops, tablets and phones. By creating an online interactive map of the problems affecting the watershed, we’re raising awareness of the problems in a way that’s accessible and meaningful.
Third, we believe in empowering people. Our hope is that these tools, and the information they provide, will better enable local citizens, activists, officials and others to take positive action to improve the health of the Delaware watershed.
After all, we wouldn’t have made so much progress cleaning up our waters if it weren’t for the concern and action of thousands of citizens across the country.