2006 Land Use/Land Cover
NOAA CSC
WATER
BARREN
2%
<1%
WETLANDS
8%

DEVEL
15%

FOREST
6,288
mi2

BASIN

AG
26%

49%

WETLAN...
Outstanding Regional
Resource
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






Exceptional water
quality
Exceptional source
water
Ecological diversity
~75% o...
Delaware River
Watershed Facts







Over 15 million people
(about 5% of the U.S.
population) rely on the
waters of t...
Head of Tide
Delaware River Port Complex – Largest Fresh Water Port
Salt Line
(250 mg/l, 7 day avg)

Water Supply Intakes
RM 110
1960’s Maximum

M O N TH

Normal
R.M. 77

Ja n
Fe b
Ma r
Ap r...
Fish Consumption
Advisories
DRBC
Special Protection Waters Program
“It is the policy of
the Commission
that there be no
measurable change
to existing ...
Water Quality
 Federal Wild and Scenic
River Designation – ¾ of
non-tidal river
 Total non-tidal river and
its watershed...
Vulnerability of Headwaters


Headwaters are the
most sensitive areas
of a watershed



Existing contiguous
forest is cr...
Aerial view of a Marcellus Shale well site near Waynesburg, Pa. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Phila. Inquirer Photographer )
Issues knocking
on our door

Sea Level Rise
More Intense Storms
Summer Droughts
Interconnected Water Resources
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Data,

Monitoring
 Modeling
 Aquatic Resources
 Value of Forests
 Climate Change...
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Data,



Monitoring

Background, trends, “red flags”
Qualified staff, reliable equ...
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Modeling







Flow model, Salinity model, Runoff model
Rank subbasins respon...
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Aquatic


Resources

316(b) – Impingement/Entrainment
• Estuary – existing conditio...
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Climate


Scenario testing, Drought/flood of record

 Natural




Change
Gas Imp...
Research Needs for Policy Decisions
 Social/Community


Value of Clean Water to Region

 Economic








Issues
...
QUESTIONS?

ww.DRBC.net
Data, Monitoring
Modeling
Aquatic Resources
Value of Forests
Climate Change
Natural Gas Impacts
Social Issues
Economic Ana...
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Upstream-Downstream Connections in the Delaware River Watershed by DRBC

  1. 1. 2006 Land Use/Land Cover NOAA CSC WATER BARREN 2% <1% WETLANDS 8% DEVEL 15% FOREST 6,288 mi2 BASIN AG 26% 49% WETLANDS WATER 2% 6% BARREN DEVEL 10% FOREST 1925 mi2 58% CENTRAL AG 24% WETLANDS 3% WATER 2% FOREST BARREN 2,778 mi2 AG 13% 81% UPPER REGION DEVEL 1%
  2. 2. Outstanding Regional Resource      Exceptional water quality Exceptional source water Ecological diversity ~75% of non-tidal river part of National Wild and Scenic Rivers System 100% of non-tidal river is Special Protection Waters
  3. 3. Delaware River Watershed Facts     Over 15 million people (about 5% of the U.S. population) rely on the waters of the basin Drains 13,539 mi² , or 0.4 of 1% of the continental U.S. land area Longest undammed river east of the Mississippi Daily water withdrawal in the DRB = 8.7 BGD 1 5
  4. 4. Head of Tide
  5. 5. Delaware River Port Complex – Largest Fresh Water Port
  6. 6. Salt Line (250 mg/l, 7 day avg) Water Supply Intakes RM 110 1960’s Maximum M O N TH Normal R.M. 77 Ja n Fe b Ma r Ap r Ma y J un J ul Aug Se p Oct N ov Dec A V G . M I D -M O N TH L O C A TI O N 68 68 67 61 64 67 72 77 79 81 80 74 Data for determination provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and Kimberly Clark Corp.
  7. 7. Fish Consumption Advisories
  8. 8. DRBC Special Protection Waters Program “It is the policy of the Commission that there be no measurable change to existing water quality except towards natural conditions …”
  9. 9. Water Quality  Federal Wild and Scenic River Designation – ¾ of non-tidal river  Total non-tidal river and its watershed designated DRBC Special Protection Waters  Mainstem = longest stretch of anti-degradation waters in U.S.  No measurable change in water quality
  10. 10. Vulnerability of Headwaters  Headwaters are the most sensitive areas of a watershed  Existing contiguous forest is critical to water quantity and quality  Philadelphia Source Water Protection Analysis  #1 – Change in Delaware River Headwaters
  11. 11. Aerial view of a Marcellus Shale well site near Waynesburg, Pa. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Phila. Inquirer Photographer )
  12. 12. Issues knocking on our door Sea Level Rise More Intense Storms Summer Droughts
  13. 13. Interconnected Water Resources
  14. 14. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Data, Monitoring  Modeling  Aquatic Resources  Value of Forests  Climate Change  Natural Gas Impacts  Social Issues  Economic Analyses
  15. 15. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Data,   Monitoring Background, trends, “red flags” Qualified staff, reliable equipment, data programs  Mapping    Land Use Natural Features Prioritization of HVWRL
  16. 16. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Modeling       Flow model, Salinity model, Runoff model Rank subbasins response to change Forecast change to multiple factors Connect land use change to WQ ID most critical lands to Water Resources Impact of traditional development vs LID
  17. 17. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Aquatic  Resources 316(b) – Impingement/Entrainment • Estuary – existing conditions, cumulative impact  Location of key communities and habitats  Value    of Forests to WQ Natural Capital, % Loss Before Impact Type, Distance from Waterbody Mapping
  18. 18. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Climate  Scenario testing, Drought/flood of record  Natural   Change Gas Impacts Land changes WQ Impacts
  19. 19. Research Needs for Policy Decisions  Social/Community  Value of Clean Water to Region  Economic       Issues Analysis Effect of pricing on water use (block rates) Changes in industry/utilities – water use Natural capital analyses Economics of raising DO std. in Estuary Value of “Keeping the Clean Water Clean” Value of RBCs – Cost Effectiveness
  20. 20. QUESTIONS? ww.DRBC.net
  21. 21. Data, Monitoring Modeling Aquatic Resources Value of Forests Climate Change Natural Gas Impacts Social Issues Economic Analyses

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