This report is a first step in answering the question: Do we need an updated plan of action for the Lower Delaware National Wild & Scenic River? The 15-year program accomplishments report rightfully celebrates the achievements of NPS partners in implementing the River Management Plan from 2000-2014. It provides a summary historical record of how the Wild & Scenic designation came about, the roles of the Lower Delaware partners and how they organized, specific projects that were federally funded and their results in terms of meeting the River Management Plan goals. It also identifies strategies and actions that have not been implemented, or where there is not sufficient information to evaluate whether a specific strategy or action was successfully implemented. The report provides a baseline of information that can help Lower Delaware partners in deciding which additional information may be needed to inform future planning efforts and guidance on prioritizing those efforts.
The First 15 Years - Accomplishments of the Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River Program (Partner version, 4 MB)
A River Management Plan (RMP) is required for any river designated as a National Wild & Scenic River. The Lower Delaware RMP presents a vision for wise management and use of the land and waters within the River corridor and the watersheds of the Paunacussing, Tinicum and Tohickon creeks. The RMP reflects a consensus on actions to be taken by all partners—governmental agencies, private entities, non-profits and residents—to protect the Lower Delaware's outstanding resources while providing for future economic growth and recreational use.