The has announced an investment of more than $4.6 million in a joint initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of the Delaware River watershed.
Launched in September 2016 and comprising twenty-three environmental education centers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, the is developing shared programming with the goal of protecting the watershed — a 13,500-square-mile ecosystem that provides drinking water for fifteen million people. To that end, the centers are offering opportunities to visitors to explore, enjoy, and engage in activities on their local waterways. In addition, each of the centers — all of which connected by the Circuit Trails, a 750-mile regional trail network — will employ a summer between the ages of 18 and 11 to manage community outreach and programs and will host a second month-long series of events in September.
Members of the alliance include the in Camden, New Jersey; the in Hockessin, Delaware; and the in Philadelphia.
"We're excited about the potential for the Alliance for Watershed Education to enable each of these twenty-three environmental centers to even more effectively reach the thousands of people who already participate in their excellent local programs," said Andrew Johnson, watershed protection program director for the William Penn Foundation. "In addition, because of their location on the Circuit Trails, these centers also have an opportunity to engage thousands of people who use the trails along many of our rivers and streams in programming, building a new constituency for protection of clean water among these outdoor enthusiasts."