Delaware River and Bay Estuary Improves

Sep 7, 2012

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary say the health of the Delaware River estuary is improving.

The group released a report Thursday on the tidal Delaware River and Bay, as well as the land draining to them through waterways like the Christina River in coastal Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the partnership, said the river and bay are continuing to recover from centuries of pollution, but that challenges remain. Those challenges include shad and oyster populations that continue to struggle, and a sturgeon population that is in real trouble.

Officials also expressed concern about the loss of forest and wetlands, which absorb and filter runoff and are critical buffers for water quality.