We support applied research, data gathering and analysis, and advocacy focusing on four priority stressors: loss of forested headwaters, stormwater, agricultural run-off and depletion of underground water supply. While research shows multiple threats to the health of the Delaware River watershed, we focus on these four based on the importance they have on water quality and the likelihood that our grantmaking could have a significant impact.

The work we have funded through this program typically addresses one or more of these threats as it relates to all or a large portion of the watershed. For example, our grants have supported research, mapping and modeling to increase understanding of the health of floodplains throughout the Delaware River system, as well as educational outreach to build understanding of and support for publicly funded land-conservation programs in watershed states.