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Lessons Learned - Lessons Learned - Water Management in the Water Management in the Delaware River Basin Delaware River Basin Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICP Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICP Executive Director Executive Director Delaware River Basin Delaware River Basin Commission Commission
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Lessons Learned - Water Management in the Delaware River Basin Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICP Executive Director Delaware River Basin Commission.

Jan 02, 2016

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  • Lessons Learned -Water Management in the Delaware River Basin

    Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICPExecutive DirectorDelaware River Basin Commission

  • Delaware River Watershed FactsOver 15 million people (about 5% of the U.S. population) rely on the waters of the basinDrains 13,539 mi , or 0.4 of 1% of the continental U.S. land areaDaily water withdrawal in the DRB = 8.7 BGD

  • The Need for Basin-Scale Planning

    4 States25 Congressional Districts42 Counties838 Municipalities

  • Photos Courtesy NYC DEP

  • Delaware River Port Complex Largest Fresh Water Port

  • Delaware River Basin Commission

  • Why Does DRBC Work?One vote for each state and federal governmentMembers gave up portion of their sovereignty to manage a watershedDRBC is OF, not ABOVE the statesEngage StakeholdersForum for Adaptation

  • Changing Management NeedsPoint Non-Point SourcesEcological Flow NeedsEmerging ContaminantsIssues of Water Allocation and UseEnergy Water Footprint, Pop. ChangesClimate Change - UncertaintySubtle Changes Converging FactorsWQ Creep, Tipping Point

  • ActionsWhole basin models (quantity and quality)Increase monitoring including headwatersEducate water users -complexity of waterThink Holistically Watershed BasisOne WaterDownstream Users affected by Upstream ActionsProtect Your HeadwatersManage Adaptively, Be Flexible, Nimble,Plan for Resiliency

  • Questions?www.DRBC.net

    ****Longest free flowing (undammed) river east of the MississippiBut not always reservoirs, aqueducts, law suitsDRBC is not above the states made up of the states and federal rep.

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