Municipal Ordinance Review Project: Lower Delaware River Corridor


  • Northampton and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania; and Warren, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties, New Jersey


The Lower Delaware River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 2000. The Lower Delaware is also one of eight rivers in The National Parks Service’s Partnership Rivers Program. The distinguishing feature of “Partnership Rivers” is that they flow primarily through private land, which means that local municipalities, not the federal government, play a leading role in managing these valuable natural resources.

Recognizing the importance of local municipalities in protecting the Lower Delaware River, Heritage Conservancy assisted the Delaware River Greenway Partnership in reviewing the natural resource ordinances of 33 municipalities along the Lower Delaware River Corridor in PA and NJ.

Heritage Conservancy staff inventoried the methods by which local governments along the river corridor are protecting the Delaware River and its tributaries. Upon completion of the inventory, Heritage Conservancy assisted the Greenway Partnership in preparing a report entitled Natural Resource Protection—The Case for Local Responsibility [1.4MB PDF] and in presenting the findings at a public forum.

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