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Delaware River at Reiglesville

Delaware River at Reiglesville, N.J.




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Map of Delaware Basin

National Monitoring Network


The goal of the Network is to provide information about the health of our oceans and coastal ecosystems and inland influences on coastal waters for improved management.

National Monitoring Network Pilots and Demonstration Areas

Delaware Bay

The Delaware Basin encompasses 13,539 square miles (mi) and contains one of the longest un-dammed rivers in the United States, extending 330 miles from the confluence of its East and West branches at Hancock, N.Y. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Significant amounts of historical and current water-quality monitoring (physical, chemical, and biological) has been conducted in the watersheds, estuaries, near-shore, and off-shore parts of the basin by Federal, State, local, private, and academic entities. It is the intent of this effort to inventory, compare methods, and enhance data exchange in support of the National Monitoring Network. The watershed is home to more than 200 fish species, and provides habitat for federally protected endangered species such as dwarf wedgemussels, short-nose sturgeon, bald eagles, and bog turtles. Nearly 15 million people (about 5% of the nation's population) rely on the waters of the Basin for drinking water which includes about 7 million people in New York City and northern New Jersey who live outside the Basin.


Click here to find out more about those involved in monitoring in the Delaware Basin.


Click here to find out more about published reports from various Federal, State, and Local agencies, universities, and volunteers.

Data Links

Click here to find out where to find water-quality data or for the Delaware River, estuary, and coastal areas.

Applications and Models

Click here to find out more about water quality models and users of the data.


Click here to find out more about what monitoring has or is taking place in the Delaware River, estuary, and coastal areas.

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