A Massive Watershed Fix for the Delaware River
Duck on the Delaware River.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 12, 2014, POSTED MARCH 12, 2012 -- In addition to the cleanup of the 2004 Athos I oil spill, 10 restoration projects that will improve the environment and economy around the Delaware River watershed are in various stages of design, implementation, and monitoring.

Shoreline Restoration, Lardner's Point (PA)
Ecological Benefits: Restored habitat for fish, birds, and mammals
Economic Benefits: Wildlife viewing; fishing; open space

Dam Removals and Stream Habitat Restoration, Darby Creek (PA)
Ecological Benefits: Fish and wildlife habitat improvements
Economic Benefits: Fishing; outdoor education; flood protection; boost to local economy during construction

Freshwater Tidal Wetland Restoration, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (PA)
Ecological Benefits: Restored tidal exchange; enhanced wildlife habitat
Economic Benefits: Recreational boating; education; wildlife viewing

Map of Athos oil spill restoration projects on the Delaware River.

Trail Improvements, Little Tinicum Island (PA)
Ecological Benefits: Preserving area from erosion
Economic Benefits: Wildlife viewing; fishing; hiking; outdoor education

Marsh, Meadow, and Grassland Restoration, Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area (NJ)
Ecological Benefits: Feeding, roosting and nesting habitat for birds
Economic Benefits: Wildlife viewing; hunting; boost to local economy during construction

Boat Ramp Restoration, Stow Creek (NJ)
Economic Benefits: Safer conditions for boaters; hunting; fishing

Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area (DE)
Ecological benefits: Resting and foraging areas for migratory geese
Economic benefits: Hunting; wildlife viewing; preservation of open space

Oyster Reef Creation (DE, NJ)
Ecological Benefits: Habitat for oysters and other reef dwellers; improved water quality
Economic Benefit: Boost to local economy during reef-building

Rock Jetty Restoration, Augustine (DE)
After further extensive evaluation of changing site conditions, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has determined that this project is no longer feasible and the process to select a new project is underway.
For more information on restoration, as well as response activities, along the Delaware River in the wake of the Athos I oil spill, read the first part of this series, Solid Returns: Response and Restoration Efforts Create Big Economic Benefits to Coastal Communities and check out response.restoration.noaa.gov/athos and the Athos Natural Resource Damage Assessment case page.