Basinwide programs in the Chesapeake and Delaware: similar nature, distinct strategies

350 210 Stroud Water Research Center

Freedman, P., M. Ehrhart, and K. Hall. 2018. Water Resources Impact 20(5):14–16. (Not peer-reviewed)


Successful, large, basin-wide programs require considerable resources and participation from a wide range of government and private sources. Most regulatory programs focus on point-source pollution to address local or regional problems, whereas voluntary restoration and conservation programs usually address only very localized concerns. However, many problems are driven by diffuse sources and require a large scale, basin-wide approach. After decades of largely successful efforts to manage point sources, two distinct approaches have emerged for the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River.

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