DRBC in funding shortfall from three states and federal government

Farm on Delaware River, Warren County, NJ

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Delaware River Basin Commission faces another year of short funding after New Jersey and two other basin states finalized their fiscal year 2020 budgets without meeting their full funding share, and the White House proposed to continue its longstanding policy of no federal funding for the agency. The states’ shortfall alone is more than $1.1 million.

The shortfall is the latest to deprive the agency of some of the funding that it was promised more than 30 years ago, and which has not always materialized, especially from the federal government. The DRBC oversees water quality and supply in the watershed.

The new funding totals follow a “proclamation” the governors — all Democrats — of the four basin states signed in May vowing to work together to protect the river’s natural resources. But Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said the proclamation is “not worth the paper it’s written on,” since it’s not backed by any extra money …

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