Delaware Nature Society Receives William Penn Foundation Grant

HOCKESSIN, Del. (November 4, 2014)  –Delaware Nature Society was awarded a grant from the William Penn Foundation on November 4, 2014. This grant will help fund the Clean Water Campaign that will be put into action in late 2014.

Many of Delaware’s waters are polluted, limiting residents’ ability to swim or fish and impacting drinking water supplies – in fact, 94% of Delaware’s waterways are considered impaired. The state’s list of impaired waters includes 377 bodies of water that suffer from excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), low dissolved oxygen, toxics, and bacteria. Extensive analysis of chemical contaminants in fish has led to advisories that fish are unsafe to eat in more than 30 waterways statewide.

Following upon Governor Markell’s proposed Clean Water for Delaware’s Future Initiative, Delaware Nature Society will be working in 2015 to build public support for investments in clean water improvements that provides clean drinking water, reduces flooding and pollution runoff, and strengthens recreational opportunities including fishing and hunting.

Delaware Nature Society will implement an outreach campaign that will 1) build a coalition of stakeholders within the state of Delaware to build support for sustainable funding for clean water, 2) support efforts to ensure that funding for clean water improvement projects places an emphasis on green infrastructure projects and 3) lay critical groundwork to further educate and connect residents to their local waterways and empower them to take action to improve the quality of these waterways.

About the William Penn Foundation
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. The Foundation’s assets totaled over $2.2 billion as of December 31, 2013. Learn more about the Foundation at

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

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