"The Mighty Delaware" lecture script
Script for a lecture likely presented by the Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin (INCODEL), a water conservation organization that included New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. In 1961, a new partnership between those four states and the federal government—the Delaware River Basin Commission—replaced INCODEL.
The lecture served the purpose of pitching INCODEL's environmental conservation programs. The presentation begins by establishing the importance of the river and describing its uses and influences across the region. It introduces the risk of pollution to the river by human activities, and the programs instituted by the Commission to address the risks including the Basin-Wide Pollution Abatement Program, the Schuylkill River Restoration Project, Cooperative Reforestation Project, and others.
The Delaware River Basin Commission was the first partnership between the federal government and individual states to manage the resources of a river basin. The agency predates the establishment of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (1970) and the Clean Water Act (1972). The Commission exists today and conducts programs related to water quality protection, water supply allocation and water conservation, watershed planning, drought management, flood mitigation and loss reduction, and recreational activities.
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Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin. “‘The Mighty Delaware’ Lecture Script,” January 13, 1954. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/d2wr2z5.
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