Earlier today, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary released its latest report of the health of the river and bay. The good news: Things are still improving.
“We are happy to report that the Delaware River and Bay are continuing to recover from centuries of pollution,” said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership, in a press release. “What was once a dead river in parts is now alive with striped bass and blue crabs thanks to less water pollution and good management — that’s a major victory. But we still face many challenges, including shad and oysters that continue to struggle, and sturgeon that are in real trouble.”
The "State of the Estuary Report" looked at 14 different bay "indicators" -- from fish and other marine organisms to forests to wetlands. The last similar report was released three years ago.
Only one indicator -- osprey, which have rebounded spectacularly -- ranked "excellent" on a thermometer-style gauge. Freshwater mussels are declining to "poor."