Delaware River Webinar Series Announced

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Celebrate 2020 River of the Year Through a Four-Part Webinar Series

Stroud Water Research Center and American Rivers are pleased to celebrate the 2020 River of the Year, the Delaware River, with a series of webinars, which will begin on Tuesday, July 21, at 1 p.m. EDT.

The Delaware River was named 2020 River of the Year by American Rivers for its progress in improving water quality, river restoration, and community revitalization. More than fifteen million people from across four states depend on the Delaware River for their drinking water. The river contributes billions of dollars to the economy each year from water supply, recreation, tourism, and other benefits.

A scenic shot of the Delaware River by Wild & Scenic Rivers author and photographer, Tim Palmer.
A scenic shot of the Delaware River by Wild & Scenic Rivers author and photographer, Tim Palmer.

The Delaware River has made significant improvements in water quality and health from the 1950s when it had numerous dead zones, unable to support fish or other wildlife. Thanks to efforts from watershed partners throughout the region, the Delaware River is now a thriving river. It remains the longest free-flowing river in the eastern U.S., with the most extensive National Wild and Scenic protection of any watershed in the country.

This four-part webinar series will kick off with an introduction to how science helps to guide policy to ensure the health of our freshwater systems. Featured speakers will be Ted Illston, senior director of policy and government relations at American Rivers, and Dr. John Jackson, senior research scientist at the Stroud Center. The remaining webinars are scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 22; Thursday, January 21, 2021; and Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Thanks to the support of the presenting sponsor, Pennsylvania American Water, all of the webinars are free to the general public, but registration is required to receive the link. Registration can be made at Pennsylvania American Water utilizes the Delaware River as its source of supply to provide clean drinking water to approximately 32,600 people in Bucks County and has several other water systems within the Delaware River watershed. The company is pleased to support the important research, education, and restoration efforts that have helped to improve the water quality of the Delaware River and other watersheds around the country.

Webinar Recordings

Episode 1: The Intersection of Science and Policy for Clean Water and a Healthy River

Episode 3: The Journey From River To Faucet: How Collaboration Between States Ensures Adequate Drinking-Water Supply Across the Delaware River Basin

Episode 2: From Cities to Suburbs to Farms: How Innovative Water Management Helps River Health

Episode 4: Dam, Dam Go Away: A Wild and Scenic Vision for America’s Rivers

About Pennsylvania American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, Pennsylvania American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. Pennsylvania American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About American Rivers
American Rivers believes every community in our country should have clean water and a healthy river. Since 1973, it has been protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers and conserving clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., it has offices across the country, and it is the most effective river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions that will last for generations to come.