The Delaware River Basin Commission released its 2019 State of the Basin report, which provides an overview of the health of the water resources and key species of the Delaware River Basin, along with the factors that impact the Basin, primarily: pollution, climate change, and development.
“This is our third such publication since 2004, which benchmarks conditions and tracks progress toward achieving key DRBC water resource management goals for maintaining an adequate supply of suitable quality water to meet the diverse needs of our region,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. “I am pleased to report that overall, a majority of the indicators received a good or very good rating, while trends are predominantly stable or improving.”
The 2019 State of the Basin report provides a technical focused snapshot of 31 indicators for watersheds and landscapes, water quantity, water quality, and living resources, and includes a rating and a directional trend for each. Some parameters, for example, groundwater availability and nutrients, received high ratings and are trending positively, thanks to proactive management strategies. Lower ratings or declining trends for some indicators, for example, impervious cover, salinity, and invasives.
The 2019 State of the Basin Report can be found on the DRBC’s website at www.nj.gov/drbc/about/public/SOTB2019.html