An alliance of conservation groups have come together to announce The Clean Water Campaign: Delaware’s Clear Choice.

Delaware Nature Society, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Center for the Inland Bays will lead the campaign’s efforts to educate outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of investing in programs that will remove toxins from Delaware’s waterways, improve the water we drink and protect parks, open spaces, farms and wetlands.

Brenna Goggin, Advocacy Manager for Delaware Nature Society said, “We are at a critical juncture where an investment in Delaware’s waterways now can result in a cleaner environment, improved economy and increased tourism for years to come. Delaware has come a long way in the last 40 years, but we can do so much more.”

Delawareans resoundingly believe its residents and government can work together to improve the quality of our water. According to a recent poll with a maximum potential sampling error of only +/- 4.9%, 82% of Delawareans believe the pollution problem in Delaware’s waterways can be improved and think the State of Delaware can do more. Additionally, by a 25 point margin, respondents said they would support a clean water fee.

“The health of rivers like the Delaware River have improved so much in recent decades because of efforts by so many people and communities. We must continue to move the ball forward to ensure we leave behind a legacy that our future generations will be proud of, for all of our rivers and streams. Now is the time to carefully and thoughtfully invest in clean water.” said Jen Adkins, Executive Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

Chris Bason, Executive Director for the Center of the Inland Bays, added, “Although Delaware’s Inland Bays have long been recognized as waters of exceptional recreational and ecological significance, water quality is still a concern because the Bays continue to receive nutrient pollution from a variety of sources like wastewater and fertilizers. We can and should do everything we can to keep these sources under control and to bring about a net decrease that will ensure that our Inland Bays fully meet all of our goals for swimming, fishing, and other forms of recreation; not only for us but for our children and grandchildren.”

The Clean Water Alliance will be educating outdoor enthusiasts -- including hunters, fishermen, birdwatchers, and all residents that just love to be outdoors -- by giving presentations around the state, meeting with stakeholders, participating in events, launching a social media campaign and hosting a rally on June 2, 2015 at Legislative Hall in Dover.

About the Clean Water Alliance

The Delaware Clean Water Alliance is a broad-based coalition of organizations and stakeholders across the state working to illustrate the importance of securing funding for clean water. Our mission is to improve the quality of Delaware’s waterways and water treatment infrastructure to ensure a healthier environment and economy for years to come. We believe that securing funding for clean water can lead to a cleaner environment, healthier crops and food sources, improved economy, and increased tourism. By securing support for clean water initiatives throughout the state, we are securing a better, stronger Delaware. Clean water is truly Delaware’s clear choice.