The Delaware River Coordinator Office works with the four Delaware River basin states: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey to assist in all interstate activities related to anadromous fish management and restoration as well as activities related to management and restoration of other interjurisdictional species of significance found in the Delaware basin. As such, the Coordinator’s activities are guided by the Delaware River Basin Fish & Wildlife Management Cooperative which was established by Charter in 1973. The Cooperative (Co-op) primarily develops unified approaches to manage aquatic resources of interstate significance in the Delaware River basin and is comprised of the (1) U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, (2) the National Marine Fisheries Service, (3) the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, (4) the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, (5) the New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources, and (6) the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. The Coordinator serves as secretary to the Co-op and acts as a liaison and technical specialist primarily on aquatic issues to the National Park Service, the Delaware River Basin Commission, the Delaware Estuary Program, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Delaware Bay Estuary Project. Examples of issues of concern related to the aquatic resources of the Delaware basin are water quality, impacts of dredging, impacts of water intakes (impingement and entrainment of fishes), flow requirements, fish passage, habitat restoration, control and management of invasive species, and impacts related to potential gas well development in the Marcellus shale formation.
Jerre W. Mohler