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!

Urban Waters Webinar Registration

Urban Waters Environmental Justice and Brownfields Community of Practice Webinar Series

This virtual series will provide information on environmental justice policies, present Brownfield project updates in the Urban Waters cities, and focus on community activities related to environmental justice.

Register for the webinars HERE.


  • 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 CITY BROWNFIELDS UPDATES –  Thursday, April 1, 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • 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)


  • 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

View the detailed webinar agenda with speakers and topics HERE!

If you have any questions about Urban Waters or the upcoming webinar series, reach out to Emily at Register for the webinar series by clicking this link.


Missed our last webinar series? You can view the recordings and shared resources from our webinars on connecting youth to local waterways below:

Nov. 2, 2020 – Watch the webinar HERE

  • 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

Nov. 10, 2020 – Watch the webinar HERE

November 17, 2020 –Watch the webinar 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

Emily Baumbach
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Estuary Program Coordinator/Urban Waters Ambassador

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 Emily Baumbach.

Webinar Recordings

Thank you for joining us for our Urban Waters webinar series. If you missed any of our sessions, they are available to view here.

Webinar #1 – Learning from from Philadelphia, and Connecting to Youth through Shad.

Webinar #2 -Voices from Camden, New Jersey: Urban Promise and the Center for Aquatic Sciences


Webinar #3- Connecting with the Delaware Natural History Museum and the Alliance for Watershed Education