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State of the Estuary Report

Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary & Basin

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary released its “Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary & Basin” (PDF file) in the Winter of 2017 following 2 years of collaboration among environmental scientists in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The purpose of this 379-page assessment is to provide readers with insight into the status and trends of select natural resources in the Delaware Estuary’s Watershed, home to approximately 9 million people.

The Partnership worked closely with the Delaware River Basin Commission, state and federal agencies, universities, and its 21-member Science and Technical Advisory Committee to share data and select ~50 key “indicators.” Indicators are measures used to gauge environmental conditions, and were carefully chosen based on the data available and its ability to help readers understand current conditions and future needs.

According to the report, the state of the Delaware Estuary is mixed. Some environmental conditions appear to be improving, while others appear to be worsening. Results of the 2017 assessment suggest that the current health of the Delaware Estuary and River Basin is “fair” and remains unchanged from 2012 TREB and the State of the Estuary Report in 2008

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