Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) celebrated today Governor John Carney’s State of the State announcement of a $50 million investment in clean water. Combined with House Bill 200, the Clean Water for Delaware Act, this funding will create a Clean Water Trust Fund to improve the quality of the state’s water supply and waterways. This new trust will also help all Delawareans, particularly those in low-income and traditionally underserved communities, to have access to healthy drinking water for generations to come.
“DelNature thanks the Governor, Representative Valerie Longhurst, and Senator Bryan Townsend for their leadership on this vital issue. This funding is a giant step forward in addressing Delaware’s clean water challenges,” said DelNature Advocacy Director Emily Knearl. “It represents the culmination of all the hard work and dedication of our more than 3,000 water warriors and 60 plus allied organizations that remain committed to ensuring clean water in one of the most challenging years in memory. We look forward to working with the Governor, and the General Assembly to ensure this funding becomes part of the final Bond Bill and smooth passage of House Bill 200.”
From Governor Carney’s State of the State today:
“We’ll again propose a $50 million investment in a new Clean Water Trust Fund. We will make sure that all Delaware families have access to clean drinking water. And we will place a special focus on those hard-to-serve communities across our state. Delaware’s constitution and our oaths of office call on us to protect these natural resources for future generations.
With the leadership of House Majority Leader Longhurst and Senate Majority Leader Townsend, the Delaware Nature Society and so many others – we will do just that.”
DelNature’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all.
Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, providing the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.
DelNature manages over 2,000 acres of land statewide, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: : Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.
Currently, thousands of members and over 1,000 volunteers assist core staff and interns to support DelNature’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.
Mark Nardone, Director of Advocacy
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