New Jersey inks 10-year pact on taking water from Delaware River

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey, three other states, and New York City have approved a new 10-year agreement on how water from the Delaware River is allocated, ending a dispute over release of waters from the city’s upstate reservoirs.

The agreement, unanimously approved by the parties, aims to juggle water-supply demands, protect fisheries, and prevent saltwater from intruding into drinking-water supplies.

The new plan will govern water use from the river, which provides drinking water to 15 million people in four states. Since 1954, a U.S. Supreme Court decree and subsequent agreements detailed a management plan for the river among New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York City …

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