A new report published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center lists the Delaware River among their top ten list of waterways for total toxic discharges. The Delaware River comes in at Number 5, at 6,779,436 pounds of toxic chemicals released in 2010 according to the Toxics Release Inventory.
"Water is a public resource, not a commodity. Public policy must ensure the sustainability of safe water supplies for the benefit of all people and the natural environment."
The Delaware Chapter is committed to protecting the Delaware River and Bay as an aquatic system. A number of industrial activities currently threaten the River's diverse environment, including the continued dredging of the river by the Army Corps of Engineers. We have been involved in the protection of the Delaware River for decades, and will continue to be firm advocates with your help.
Mercury Warning: Fish in Delaware are Unsafe to Eat
Even small amounts of mercury, such as that in a fever thermometer, can pose a danger to human health and the environment. A typical mercury thermometer contains one gram of elemental mercury. This small amount, the size of a few drops, can harm the environment and human health if the thermometer breaks and the mercury is released. For example, if the amount of mercury in a fever thermometer were deposited into a 20 acre lake on an annual basis, this one gram would be sufficient to contaminate the water to the extent that the fish would no longer be safe to eat.
World Water Day: March 22, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012 is World Water Day, an annual event established in 1993 by the United Nations to bring focus onto global water issues. As a coastal state, Delaware has over 90 miles of of coastline and 45 watersheds that drain to the Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Protecting our water resources through stormwater management, wetlands protection, and pollution reduction will insure that Delaware's water quality and quantity are preserved for future generations.