Brandywine-Christina Water Forum, May 3, 2018

On May 3rd, 2018 Brandywine-Christina Cluster Partners, a partnership of six nonprofit organizations, funded by the William Penn Foundation through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) hosted a Bi-state Clean Water summit to highlight efforts to clean the watershed over the past several years. We are looking forward to the next phase of projects and efforts to clean up our waters for all of us. The summit also was the opportunity to unveil the 2018 State of the Watershed Report, presenting the status and trends within the Brandywine-Christina watershed.

Schedule and links to presentations

8:30 AM — Registration/Breakfast  

9:00 AM — Welcoming Remarks
David Shields, Associate Director, Brandywine Conservancy  

9:10 AM — The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) [presentation]
Andrew Johnson, Program Director, The William Penn Foundation  

9:20 AM — Two States Joined by a Common Watershed: Delaware and Pennsylvania
Secretary Shawn Garvin
, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection  

10:00 AM — Brandywine-Christina: America’s Most Historic Small Watershed [presentation]
Gerald Kauffman, Director, Water Resources Center, University of Delaware

10:15 AM — Water Quality (The Brandywine, Red Clay and White Clay Creeks and the Christina River)
Moderator: Martha Narvaez, Policy Scientist, Water Resources Center, University of Delaware
John Jackson, Senior Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center [Agriculture Restoration and Land Preservation]
Grant DeCosta, Senior Planner, Brandywine Conservancy [Stream Restoration]
Robert Struble, Watershed Conservation Director, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance [Water Quality and America’s Oldest Small Watershed Organization]
Ann Hutchinson, Senior Director of Community Planning, Natural Lands [Municipal Ordinances]
Richard Jones, Delaware State Director, The Nature Conservancy [The Brandywine-Christina Healthy Water Fund]

11:15 AM — Collaborative Work in the Watershed
Moderator: Janet Bowers, Executive Director, Chester County Water Resources Authority [Brandywine-Christina Basin–A Culture of Collaboration, Preservation, & Conservation]
Chris Oh, Assistant Water Division Director, Public Works Department, City of Wilmington, Delaware [Implementation of Sustainable Solutions to Protect Wilmington’s Water Source]
Shane Hadden, Chairman, Open Space Committe, Honey Brook Township, PA [Land Preservation in Honey Brook Township]
Shane Morgan, River Administrator, White Clay Wild and Scenic Program [A Collaborative Approach to Watershed Management]

11:45 AM — Going Forward
David Shields, Associate Director, Brandywine Conservancy

12:30 PM — Lunch/Keynote
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation 1:45 PM — Formal Meeting Adjourn 2:00 PM — Field Tour (By bus) 4:30 PM — Networking and Reception