It’s 1996. I’ve been out of college for a few years and am working as a conservation and easement planner in the Brandywine River Watershed of the Estuary.
That year Atlanta hosted the summer Olympics, Prince Charles and Princess Diana got divorced, Mad Cow disease hit Britain, and DVDs were invented. It’s also the year that the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) was founded and the year the Delaware Estuary was recognized by Congress as an estuary of national significance.
Fast forward 19 years and we’re on the cusp of a hallmark anniversary. In 2016 we’ll celebrate our 20th year as a nonprofit organization and National Estuary Program. And I can’t help but feel incredibly proud of everything that has been accomplished since 1996.
Working together with partners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, and the Delaware River Basin, we’ve protected thousands of acres of wetlands and forests and kept countless amounts of pollution out of our waters. In the process, we’ve engaged millions of people, from teachers and students, to decision-makers at the local, state, and national level, and residents from the headwaters of the Schuylkill River Watershed to coastal towns around Delaware Bay.
But some of our most important and exciting work is happening today. And none of this work would be possible without you – our wonderful supporters! As you read this report, I hope you’ll feel proud, knowing that you helped make 2015 a success at PDE, and that you’ll be energized for the year ahead celebrating 20 years working to make Every Stream Matter in the Delaware Estuary.
Jennifer A. Adkins