The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary released its "Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary & Basin" (PDF file) in the Spring of 2012 following two years of collaboration among environmental scientists in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The purpose of this 255-page assessment is to provide readers with insight into the status and trends of select natural resources in the Delaware Estuary’s Watershed, home to approximately 6.4 million people.
The Partnership worked closely with the Delaware River Basin Commission, state and federal agencies, universities, and its 21-member Science and Technical Advisory Committee to share data and select ~50 key "indicators." Indicators are measures used to gauge environmental conditions, and were carefully chosen based on the data available and its ability to help readers understand current conditions and future needs.
According to the report, the state of the Delaware Estuary is mixed. Some environmental conditions have seen dramatic improvements during recent decades, while others are becoming increasingly degraded. The Delaware River Basin Commission released a complimentary factsheet "State of the Delaware River Basin", in April 2013.
Questions can be directed to Priscilla Cole, Data & Information Specialist II, PCole@DelawareEstuary.org.