Anglers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the Delaware River just got some good news. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded nearly $15 million in grants for the Delaware River. The grants will improve wildlife habitat, enhance resilience to changing climatic conditions, and engage communities throughout the Delaware River watershed in conservation activities. This is great news for fishing, floating, and recreating on the Delaware River.

From the NFWF:

“This year’s 36 grants will allow our grantees and their partners to implement projects that benefit communities, fish, and wildlife and continue the remarkable progress made over the past decades for a healthier, cleaner, and more resilient Delaware River watershed,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF.

Grant awards include:

  • (Delaware) $202,102 to the Delaware Nature Society to install 27 community garden and pollinator habitat projects and build resiliency in under-resourced areas in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • (New Jersey) $415,865 to Ducks Unlimited, working in partnership with the New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service, to provide conservation technical assistance and best management practice planning, enrollment and participation in voluntary conservation programs, and the implementation of agricultural best management practices on 10,000 acres in Southern New Jersey.
  • (New York) $75,000 to the Town of Tusten to create an open space and recreation plan to improve public access opportunities and identify preservation and conservation needs within the town.
  • (Pennsylvania) $1.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Fairmount Park Conservancy to create and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, provide new public access and opportunities for water-based recreation, and increase climate resiliency in Philadelphia’s FDR Park.

Read the full release here. 

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About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate, foundation and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 6,000 organizations and generated a total conservation impact of $8.1 billion. NFWF is an equal opportunity provider. Learn more at

About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit