The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted in November 2021, made a historic $26-million dollar investment in the the Delaware River watershed that will be distributed through the Service's Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund over the next five years. The funding from the infrastructure law will be awarded to projects that use nature-based solutions to restore fish and wildlife habitat and support community vitality in the watershed.   

This funding comes at a critical time for addressing the needs of people and wildlife in a changing climate. The projects made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.

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will help partners keep pace with rapid change by targeting areas of greatest need, based on input from those who live there. Many of the projects directly engage community members in addressing issues such as flood mitigation, water quality, and safe access to nature in their neighborhoods. 

Fiscal Year 2022 Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund Projects Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Project  Grantee Location Award amount
Reconnecting Hermesprota Creek to its floodplain in Conway Park for environmental and community resilience Darby Township  Darby Township, Pennsylvania  $199,000
Removing three dams on the Bushkill Stream to restore fish passage Wildlands Conservancy Easton, Pennsylvania  $1,000,000
Removing the No Name and Cedar Grove Dams on the Pequest River  The Nature Conservancy White Township, New Jersey $266,100
Building capacity for dam remove throughout the Delaware River watershed The Nature Conservancy Watershed-wide $107,000
Designing a riverfront trail and greenway along the Schuylkill River to connect communities to the river Schuylkill River Development Corporation Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   $90,000
Restoring streambank along Bushkill Creek at the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania  $626,300
Removing the Spring Garden Dam on Neshaminy Creek to restore fish passage for American shad, alewife, and blueback herring
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Newtown, Pennsylvania  $750,000
Using nature-based solutions to improve passage for aquatic organisms in the Upper Delaware River watershed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New York Ecological Services Field Office  Hancock, Deposit, Roxbury, and Colchester, New York $635,500

Data collection, design, consultation, and permitting for fish passage at dam no. 5 on the Brandywine Creek

Brandywine Shad 2020  From the mouth of the Brandywine River in Delaware upstream to the Pennsylvania state line $500,000
Advancing living-shoreline design and permitting along an urban Delaware River waterfront  Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Croydon, Pennsylvania  $96,800
Restoring upland habitats in the Blackbird Creek watershed Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Coastal Programs Townsend, Delaware $176,400
Streamlining stormwater work through the Growing Greener Communities program Pennsylvania Resources Council Municipalities in Delaware County and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania  $293,700