What is the Urban Waters Federal Partnership?

 

The goal of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) is to restore and reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, to waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and partners. There are 20 different Designated Urban Waters Locations in this national environmental justice program. Each Urban Waters location collaborates with local community-led revitalization efforts to improve water systems and promote their economic, environmental, and social benefits.

You can learn more about  Urban Waters at the federal level here. You can view the Urban Waters Progress Report here.

The Urban Waters Delaware River Location

 

A map showing the four cities of the Urban Waters Delaware River location, including Philadelphia and Chester in Pennsylvania, Camden in New Jersey, and Wilmington in Delaware.

The Greater Philadelphia Area/Delaware River Watershed Urban Waters Federal Partnership Location encompasses four major cities and their surrounding urban areas draining to the Lower Delaware River:

  • Camden, NJ
  • Chester, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, DE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 15 million people (roughly 5 percent of the nation’s population) rely on the waters of the Delaware River Basin for drinking, agricultural and industrial use.
Challenge areas for this UWFP location include:

• Stormwater management
• Erosion and flooding control
• Source water protection
• Restoring lost habitat
• Enhancing overall waterway health
• Protecting community investments
• Pursuing environmental justice
• Promoting public access

 

You can learn more about this Urban Waters location here.

View our flyer with info about UWFP and the Delaware River Location HERE.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways to be involved as an Urban Waters partner! Do you have a need or a project that fits in with this work? (See our 2022 Workplan here for ideas.) Do you need additional resources, letters of support, or funds for a project? Do you want to get involved in our monthly meetings?

 

  • Our next meeting will take place on Zoom on June 21st, 2022 from 11am-12pm EST. We will have a presentation and discussion about water equity mapping. An agenda and Zoom details will be posted here soon!

 

  • If you are working on a project, the UWFP Ambassador is more than happy to write you a Letter of Support from this Urban Waters location! Click HERE to download the guidelines are email the UWFP Ambassador with your letter of support request.

 

  • New: Community Funding Applications!!! If you are a non-profit or community group doing work on-the-ground to support Urban Waters mission, we want to support you! As the Delaware River Ambassador, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is offering community funds currently up to $1500. Click HERE for more information. Forms will be accepted on a first come, first served rolling basis.

 

Please reach out to this location’s Urban Waters Ambassador, Erica Rossetti, at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org.

Additional resources from past meetings and from our past webinar series can be found below!

Webinar Series 1: Connecting Youth to Urban Waterways

Webinar #1 – Learning from from Philadelphia, and Connecting to Youth through Shad (11/2/2020)

  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Philadelphia, PA
    • View the presentation slides HERE
  • Discovery Center – Philadelphia, PA
    • View the presentation slides HERE
  • Brandywine River Shad Project
    • View the presentation slides HERE

Webinar #2 -Voices from Camden, New Jersey: Urban Promise and the Center for Aquatic Sciences (11/10/2020)

 

Webinar #3- Connecting with the Delaware Natural History Museum and the Alliance for Watershed Education (11/17/2020)

 

Webinar Series 2: Brownfields & Environmental Justice Communities of Practice

This virtual series provided information on environmental justice policies, present Brownfield project updates in the Urban Waters cities, and focus on community activities related to environmental justice. Click here for the detailed agenda.

Webinar #1: Environmental Justice and Urban Waters (3/25/2021)

    • Urban Waters Overview and Updates
    • Defining Environmental Justice – Delaware Community Benefits Agreement Coalition
    • Federal Perspectives on Environmental Justice (US Senator Chris Coons of Delaware Office, US EPA, US Department of the Interior, NOAA)
    • Overview of New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Legislation

 

Webinar #2: Urban Waters Cities Brownfields Updates (4/1/2021)

    • Philadelphia Updates from Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (South Wetlands Park, Graffiti Pier Park)
    • Camden Updates from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Phoenix Park)
    • Wilmington Updates from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Brightfields, Inc (South Wilmington Wetlands)

Webinar #3: Environmental Justice Community Initiatives (4/8/2021)

    • Port of Wilmington Expansion / DuPont Edgemoor Brownfield Property – Delaware Community Benefits Agreement Coalition
    • Equitability of Access for Oysters – Delaware Sea Grant and Ocean Food Systems, University of New England
    • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
    • Environmental Justice on the Elizabeth River
    • Reconnecting Camden Residents to Their Historic Waterfront

 

Webinar Series 3: Envisioning Equitable & Sustainable Housing

This virtual series explored the state of equitable and resilient housing today, showcased local success stories, and provided a platform to bridge the gaps between communities and federal agencies so that our resources are maximized. The goal of this series was to emphasize the inclusion of collaboration and green solutions in equitably revitalizing our cities. The future can be full of green infrastructure, climate resilience, equitable accessibility, clean energy and transportation, and thriving ecosystems and economies if we connect the dots on these intersectional issues together. Click on the presentation titles under each webinar for access to the slides.

Webinar #1: Framework (1/11/2022)

Webinar #2: Local Stories (1/18/2022)

Webinar #3: Federal Response (1/25/2022)

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