Research & Policy

Case Study: Can A Water Fund Bring New Dollars for Watershed Restoration?

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative, an ambitious effort to protect water quality for 15 million people, comes with equally ambitious funding needs. In the Brandywine-Christina watershed, one of the eight focus areas, a partnership of conservation organizations, public, and private utilities are seeking to build on a few million dollars in foundation support by establishing a $1.5 — $10 million revolving local water fund to catalyze upstream restoration work. If they succeed, the effort could serve as a model for other places that need a sustainable source of local funding for watershed restoration. Learn more about water funds nationally and the Brandywine-Christina Water Fund in particular.

This case study is the fourth in a series by OSI on best practices to protect and restore watersheds. The series of reports is generously funded by the William Penn Foundation.

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