Delaware River As Pennsylvania’s River Of The Year

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Delaware Sojourn Steering Committee are encouraging the publicto vote on-line for the Delaware River as Pennsylvania’s River of the Year. The voting ends Jan. 3.

Bestowed annually on a Commonwealth river by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, this honor helps raise awareness about the significance of rivers, their conservation needs, and their recreational and economic impact on watershed communities.

Over 100 nominations were originally submitted for 21 waterways.

Individuals do not have to be from Pennsylvania in order to vote.

“The Delaware River is extremely important to Pennsylvania and the entire Mid-Atlantic region for its unparalleled water resources, robust recreational offerings, and fundamental role in our nation’s history,”

said Carol R. Collier, DRBC executive director and past chair of the Sojourn Steering Committee.

If chosen as the 2011 River of the Year, in addition to planning the 17th Delaware River Sojourn, DRBC and the Delaware Sojourn Steering Committee will work with a variety of other partners throughout the watershed to coordinate a series of events that will promote awareness of, stewardship for, and communities’ connections to the Delaware, as well as celebrate DRBC’s 50th anniversary milestone.