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DRW Land Protection Impact Assessment Briefing Part 1


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What have we achieved? Assessing the impact of DRWI Land Protection

The Land Protection Impact Assessment aims to assess the value of nearly $9 million investment in some 50+ land protection projects for water quality in the Delaware River Basin. Traditional methods of measuring the outcomes of land protection on water quality tend to undervalue the conservation of intact headwaters, the very resources that DRWI targets through its land protection strategy. Through the Assessment, the project team is demonstrating a suite of stream sampling, data analysis and computer modeling approaches to quantitatively evaluate investments in maintaining clean water.




January 26, 10:30 – Noon | Water Quality Insights from Historic Sampling Data and Presentation of New Sampling Sites

Stroud and Academy of Natural Sciences scientists looked back at data from over 100 sites sampled as part of the DRWI stream monitoring program since 2014. Part 1 will summarize findings from this analysis, which looked at the impact of increasing forest cover on water quality and stream health.

Presenters will:

  • Share results to date showing how water quality indicators within this limited sample change with forest loss
  • Present the study design for an additional 40 to 60 sampling sites in the upper Delaware that will be monitored starting in Spring 2021



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