Fish and Aquatic Life
Learn more about fish issues in the Delaware River
The cooling water intake structure of the Delaware City Refinery is operating on a permit that expired in 2002. Not only has the State of Delaware allowed this to occur, it has offered additional extensions to the refinery for its 2011 restart, and provides a multi-year compliance timeline for the installation of best available technology with in the draft NPDES permit (2011).
Join us for a discussion of the topic of fish impingement at the Delaware City Refinery. The once-through cooling system infrastructure has significant impacts on the Delaware River and Bay's fish populations. This forum will be of interest to all of those who enjoy a healthy wild fish population, from environmentally-minded members and activists to sportsmen and commercial fishermen.
On February 6, 2012 the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a ruling that granted Atlantic sturgeon endangered status. Atlantic sturgeon are known to live more than 60 years and grow to 14 feet in length. There are five distinct population segments (DPS) of Atlantic sturgeon, each of which have received Endangered Species Act protections.