Brought to you by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Urban Waters Delaware River Location partners, this free webinar series will discuss the intersections of housing, economy, environment, climate change, accessibility, and environmental justice. In three parts, we will feature experts to discuss the framework of these issues, to highlight local projects, and to allow federal partners to respond with resources and assistance.

  1. January 11th, 2022: Framework
  2. January 18th, 2022: Local Stories
  3. January 25th, 2022: Federal Response

Each webinar will take place on Tuesdays from 12-1pm EaST.

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 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 here. You can view the Urban Waters Progress Report here.

The Urban Waters Delaware River Location

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:

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


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.

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? Do you want to get involved in our monthly meetings?

Please reach out to this location’s Urban Waters Ambassador, Erica Rossetti, at!

Our next meeting will take place on Zoom on January 12th, 2022 from 1-2pm.

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 (11/17/2o20)


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