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Grounded in the power of the River and the community, the Delaware Riverkeeper, backed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, staunchly champions the needs of the Delaware river and in so doing ensures its unfettered ability to protect and provide for all the human and nonhuman communities that love, appreciate and depend upon it.
Established in 1988 upon the appointment of the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. DRN's professional staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed including portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. DRN's staff and very active volunteers have a breadth of knowledge about the environment as well as expertise specific to rivers and watersheds. DRN provides effective environmental advocacy, volunteer monitoring programs, stream restoration projects and public education. In addition, DRN goes to court when necessary to ensure enforcement of environmental safety laws. More and more, regulators charged with protecting the environment see environmental laws as simply hurdles to be overcome. DRN programs include: * Advocacy to protect water quality and habitat; * Awareness to Action to organize local communities into activists to protect local streams; * Litigation and other legal action to enforce environmental laws; * Monitoring by volunteers along the entire length of the River; * Restoration to provide communities the expertise, community training and organizing needed to restore damaged streams and waterway ecosystems.
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