The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is pleased to announce that the Delaware River has received national recognition as River of the Year by American Rivers, which states, “American Rivers gave the Delaware this honor to recognize its momentous progress for water quality, river restoration and community revitalization. Key to this success are the countless local individuals and groups who have worked for decades on the river’s behalf. The progress on the Delaware illustrates the power of partnership and collaboration.”

As a nationally accredited land trust working in the Upper Delaware River region in Pennsylvania and New York since 1994, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has worked with landowners and communities to forever protect more than 18,000 acres of working farms and forests, wildlife habitat, and clean waters—all of which directly support a healthy and clean Delaware River. Millions of people rely on clean drinking water from the Delaware River, in our region and downstream in New York City and Philadelphia.

“The Delaware River is a national success story,” said Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers. “The River of the Year honor recognizes the hard work of many local advocates who understand that a healthy Delaware River is vital to the health of millions of people. The Delaware shows how a healthy river can be an engine for thriving communities.”