Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic Management Council Goals and Policies

The following goals were developed as the basis for the LDRW&S Management Plan:

Goal 1: Water Quality

Maintain existing water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries from measurable degradation and improve it where practical.

Goal 2: Natural Resources

Preserve and protect the river's outstanding natural resources, including rare and endangered plant and animal species, river islands, steep slopes and buffer areas in the river corridor and along the tributaries.

Goal 3: Historic Resources

Preserve and protect the character of historic structures, districts and sites, including landscapes, in the river corridor.

Goal 4: Recreation

Encourage recreational use of the river corridor that has a low environmental and social impact and is compatible with public safety, the protection of private property and with the preservation of natural and cultural qualities of the river corridor.

Goal 5: Economic Development

Identify principles for minimizing the adverse impact of development within the river corridor and to encourage sustainable development where appropriate.

Goal 6: Open Space Preservation

Preserve open space as a means of maximizing the health of the ecosystem, preserving scenic values, and minimizing the impact of new development in the river corridor.