The Delaware River’s invisible threats

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DANA BATES and SUSAN PHILLIPS / WHYY – More than forty-five years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Delaware River has gone from being an eyesore and a hazard to a recreational draw. Whether it’s kayaking or tubing on the river above Trenton or attending a jazz festival near Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, the river attracts crowds that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago.

Many younger visitors don’t even remember a time when the Delaware Waterfront was anything but a destination.

“When I think about the Delaware River, I’m normally just thinking about it as where the waterfront is,” said Camden resident Sean Brown on a recent Saturday afternoon, as he took his two young children on a ferry ride across the river.

“So where a lot of the nice stuff in Camden is,” he said, “and in Philadelphia, like Penn’s Landing.” …

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