Provide Your Feedback On Our Draft Workplan!

The Delaware River location workgroup has also been working on a draft workplan for this Urban Waters location and is seeking input on priorities from stakeholders in the Delaware River watershed who live and/or work in Philadelphia, PA; Chester, PA; Camden, NJ; and Wilmington, DE. Please provide your top priorities for this Urban Waters location HERE!

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. There are 19 different Designated Urban Waters Locations in this national 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 here. You can view the Urban Waters Progress Report here.

Urban Waters and the Greater Philadelphia Area/Delaware River Watershed

The Greater Philadelphia Area/Delaware River Watershed Urban Waters Federal Partnership encompasses four major urban areas:

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


This location includes these major cities as well as the surrounding suburban and rural landscape. 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.

Delaware River UWFP Contacts

Erica Rossetti
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator

Kathy Klein
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Executive Director

Simeon Hahn
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Krista Heinlen
Davey Institute / USDA Forest Service

Flavia Rutkosky
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Catherine King
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
Region 3 Urban Waters Program Coordinator

Megan Mackey
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 3

For any questions about the UWFP at the Delaware River location, please reach out to Erica Rossetti.

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 (11/17/2o20)


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