Delaware Basin report mostly upbeat but warns on climate change

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Water-quality indicators in the Delaware River basin are improving and some fish are making a comeback but runoff from paved areas is increasing, invasive species are on the rise, and the salt-water line is creeping upstream from the ocean toward drinking-water intakes in New Jersey and Philadelphia, the Delaware River Basin Commission said Thursday.

In its State of the Basin report for 2019, its first for six years, the interstate regulator painted a cautiously upbeat picture of the environmental health of the area that stretches from upstate New York to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

Most of the report’s 31 indicators received a “good” or “very good” rating, said Steve Tambini, executive director of the agency that oversees water quality and supply for the basin, which encompasses parts of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware …

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