Delaware Nature Society Receives William Penn Foundation Grant to Continue the Work of the Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice Campaign

HOCKESSIN, Del. (December 1, 2015) Delaware Nature Society has received a grant from the William Penn Foundation to continue its Clean Water Campaign. This grant will be used to integrate a communications and marketing program that highlights the public’s desire for clean water funding, and engage elected officials in the efforts to secure dedicated clean water funding.

In 2015, Delaware Nature Society, through a previous William Penn Foundation grant, launched the “Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice” campaign which provided the foundation for these efforts.

Contaminated water doesn’t just affect fish and wildlife; it impacts the food we eat, the streams and waterways near our homes, and the trips we take to the beach with our families. Currently, 86% of Delaware’s rivers and streams are not recommended for swimming due to high levels of bacteria. More than 100 miles of Delaware’s water have fish-consumption advisories, and millions worth of investment in wastewater infrastructure will be needed in Delaware over the next 20 years.

The campaign includes a broad group of stakeholders, the Clean Water Alliance, which will continue to connect decision makers and residents to their local waterways. Through presentations, outreach materials, field trips and educational programs, the campaign will offer opportunities for residents and candidates to learn more about their local waterways and water quality issues. Clean Water Alliance members and campaign supporters include: Delaware Center for Inland Bays, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Delmarva Ornithological Society, Tidewater Utilities, Clean Air Council, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, National Wildlife Federation, Choose Clean Water Coalition, and Coalition for The Delaware River Watershed.

For more information about the Clean Water Campaign, visit

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion. For more information, visit

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