To make watershed science as accessible as possible, OSI recently
published an illustrated, six-page primer distilling how literature, models, and data can inform what
lands are most important for protecting water quality. www.osiny.org/WatershedScienceReport01
NEW YORK, NY – October 5, 2015 – Sussex County,
in the federally designated Highlands Region of northwestern New Jersey, includes
the Upper Paulins Kill, among the largest tributaries in the state that drain
to the Delaware River and a priority area for watershed protection. Whatever happens
in this part of Sussex County – a mixture of extensive intact forests, farmland,
and suburban development – affects the drinking water of more than 5 million people.
To plan for the future of this region, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey (TLC-NJ) is utilizing the watershed science the
Open Space Institute has developed to provide the conservation community with rigorous
and practical analysis and planning tools, aided by a $25,000 grant from OSI’s Delaware
River Watershed Land Protection Fund.
for TLC-NJ’s work is one of the ways we are contributing to the Delaware
River Watershed Initiative. To make watershed science as accessible as possible, OSI recently
published an illustrated, six-page primer distilling how literature, models, and data can inform which
lands are most important for protecting water quality:
It is designed to guide the work of
practitioners, as well as public and private funders, and also explains the
criteria OSI uses to assess grant requests for land acquisition to our Fund. To
date, we have approved grants totaling about $2 million to protect 7,200 acres
of important watershed lands across the Basin. Read the press release about the fund accomplishments here.
Supported by the
William Penn Foundation, the
Initiative is an unprecedented collaboration among more than 50 nonprofits to
protect and restore water quality by accelerating land protection and
restoration in eight Delaware River sub-watershed “clusters” in New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware—including the New Jersey Highlands Cluster,
where TLC-NJ works.
OSI’s Delaware Watershed brochure explains the basics of our
three-step system for evaluating land protection projects for their
contribution to water resource conservation in these areas:
context screen: Target healthy watersheds with the ability to produce clean
and abundant water.
- Site resource screen:
sites that contribute to the production of high-quality surface water and/or
recharge of ground water stores. Ideally, land protection projects will have
90% of the area in natural cover, such as forest, wetland, or open water.
vulnerability screen: Assess the potential impacts to
surface and ground water if a site were not protected, including sedimentation
and ground water pollution.
You can pick
up a copy of the brochure at the literature table at the 3rd Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, which will be held from Oct. 5-6 at the University of Delaware. Hosted by the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the theme
of this year’s event is development of a watershed-wide vision.
Or visit OSI’s website to download a copy at: www.osiny.org/WatershedScienceReport01