The Delaware River Watershed Initiative, an ambitious effort to protect water quality for 15 million people, comes with equally ambitious funding needs. A new OSI case study, the fourth in a series, focuses on the potential of a Brandywine-Christina water fund to drive needed dollars to the effort.The piece examines the history of similar dedicated funds, while exploring the potential of partnering with conservation organizations, as well as public, and private utilities in an effort to catalyze upstream restoration work. If they succeed, the effort could serve as a model for other places that need a sustainable source of local funding for watershed restoration.
The William Penn Foundation recently approved a second phase of grants totaling $42 million for the Delaware Watershed, including $11 million to OSI for land protection. The funding will build on OSI’s past support for 41 projects, conserving almost 20,000 acres throughout the region. Read about three projects that recently closed in Pennsylvania, and how they will help to enhance water quality in the Delaware River watershed.
The nation's most effective tool in protecting critical water sources and preserving America's natural, recreational, and cultural treasures could soon come to an end. The 52-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will expire in September, unless Congress takes action.
Building on conservation success in Maine, as well as the Delaware River Watershed Fund's ongoing efforts, OSI is adding its expertise to protect one of Maine’s largest drinking water supplies, Sebago Lake. Sebago Clean Waters was created to conserve land that feeds and filters Sebago Lake, the water source for city of Portland.
Why would someone living upstream care about the quality of the water downstream? Garden of Water, a short video produced by OSI, captures the enthusiasm of students at Abington School in Jenkintown, PA as they install plants in the rain garden adjoining the creek near their school and in doing so improve water quality downstream in Philadelphia.
The science is clear: protected forests make for cleaner water. However, there is less consensus about how to measure the impacts — information that is critical if our society is to allocate scarce funds to protect the forestland that counts. In an effort to answer these and other questions, OSI is digging deeper into the true value of forests to water quality through its “Land Protection Impact Assessment” project.
In conserving some of the last undeveloped waterfront along the Ashley River in South Carolina, OSI is also facilitating one of the largest saltwater restoration projects in state history. After the wetlands restoration is complete, the remaining acreage will become a public park, walking trail, and canoe and kayak launch owned and operated by the City of North Charleston.