The National Park Service has produced the "Delaware River Wild and Scenic River Values Report" substantiating the values identified by Congress when establishing the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
What comes to mind when you think about the Delaware River and its tributaries?
Do you think of a beautiful river valley where stewardship of the land by local landowners conserved an area where one can experience solitude in nature and enjoy the incredible scenery of the meandering river and forested hillsides? A family friendly destination that provides great opportunities for boating, fishing, and picnicking? A rare example of a large, un-dammed river that allows continual natural migration of native fish from the sea to the river headwaters and back? An intact network of aquatic and riparian habitat that supports abundance and diversity of plants, fish, birds, and other animals? A waterway and valley with an incredible cultural history that relays vivid stories about past inhabitants, including native people, European settlers, and early Americans?
"The Delaware River basin is all of this, and much more," said Park officials. "Because of these unique values, several segments of the Delaware River and its tributaries have been designated for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To help us protect this river system for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations, we have contemplated these special values to determine what makes it outstandingly remarkable."
Knowledgeable people from many agencies and organizations in the region contributed important information, insight, and perspectives on these values, including representatives from the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Delaware River Basin Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and various other river partners from New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
"Based on this hard work and thoughtful input, we are pleased to present the outstandingly remarkable values of the designated segments of the Delaware River and its tributaries. The value statements, punctuated by stunning photography, were developed to provide a strong foundation for the future management and protection of this nationally significant river system," said officials.
The Delaware River Wild and Scenic River Values report is available on the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/upde/parkmgmt/upload/Delaware-River-Basin_WSR-Values_Publication_Screen-Version_09-27-2012-rotated-full-screen-mode.pdf.
"We urge you to read these statements and to share your thoughts with us about what makes the designated segments of the Delaware and its tributaries outstandingly remarkable to you," Park officials added.