Delaware River Basin Seeking Input on
New Watershed Management Plan for
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Updated: Tue, Nov 06 1:59 PM EST


WEST TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Carol R. Collier, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), announced today that two meetings will be held in West Trenton on Thursday, November 15, 2001, to gather public input on the development of a new Comprehensive Plan that will guide future water resources management within the basin.

The meetings will be held at the commission's offices at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The DRBC and the Watershed Advisory Council, a broad-based stakeholder group assisting in developing the new plan, are seeking public input in helping to set the plan's goals and objectives. The draft goals and objectives that have been developed (available on the DRBC web site at will be the topic of discussion at the two sessions.

It is the intent of the Watershed Advisory Council, which was created by the DRBC as part of its overall planning responsibilities, to finalize the goals and objectives at its next meeting in December.

The next step in the process will be to develop management strategies to achieve the goals and objectives. These strategies will be presented to the public in the fall of 2002. The strategies will then be revised where necessary and the Comprehensive Plan prepared. Public hearings on the plan are anticipated in the fall of 2003.

Additional information about the Comprehensive Plan development process, including directions to Thursday's meetings, is available on the DRBC web site at

The DRBC is an interstate-federal agency responsible for managing the water resources in the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Watershed. Its members are the governors of the four states that flank the Delaware River and/or Bay (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) and a federal representative appointed by the President.