The Delaware River Greenway Partnership

 

The Delaware River Greenway Partnership, (DRGP), is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 that works to bring individuals, communities, businesses, recreational users, and all levels of government together to promote and protect a continuous corridor of natural and cultural resources along the Delaware River and its tributaries. In 2000, DRGP played a leading role in the successful campaign to include the Lower Delaware River in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Our strategic plan focuses our activities in three areas:

  • River corridor protection
  • Land and water trail development
  • Stewardship and community involvement

 

River Corridor Protection & Stewardship

River Corridor Protection & Stewardship is a multi-faceted endeavor, including volunteer river cleanups, invasive plant removal and native plant propagation, and water quality education.

Stewardship activities support the development of river corridor protection and trail development through the production of publications, interpretive programs, sign development, and volunteer cleanups. DRGP has held a river cleanup for several years, Project River Bright, which takes volunteers in canoes and kayaks to sections of the Delaware River to collect trash and debris from the river’s banks and islands. Engaging the public in volunteer invasive species removal along river and its tributaries supports river corridor protection. We have produced a short guide to the identification of common invasive plants in the Delaware Valley. DRGP holds an annual forum for public officials and non-profit agencies on topics relevant to local concerns.

 

Trails

DRGP is the host organization for the federally designated Delaware River Scenic Byway and the Delaware River Water Trail.
Establishing trails that complement the Delaware River and its landscape provides recreation and opportunities for appreciation of the natural and cultural resources that make the area so unique. DRGP works with and supports public agencies, non-profit agencies and private citizens to develop land trails that provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and disabled access. Our projects for water trails concentrates on developing facilities and programs mostly for paddling activities of canoeing and kayaking.

Trail development is implemented through the establishment of projects that plan for the protection of land and water corridors. We perform feasibility studies for trails and trail facilities, develop plans for the management of long distance trails, such as the Delaware River Heritage Trail, perform plans for trail signage and interpretation, and conduct educational programs that help the general public become aware of the resources found along the trails.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events Calendar

18 Oct

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Titusville, NJ, naval historian Chuck Veit will give an illustrated lecture on the Alligator, the Navy's first submarine. The fascinating story of the Alligator, its missions, and its loss, is told against the history of underwater vessels in the first half of the 19th century. This free lecture is sponsored by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP). It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 546 in Titusville, NJ. 

In the late 1850s—on the Delaware River at Philadelphia and on Rancocas Creek in New Jersey--an immigrant French engineer named Brutus de Villeroi built a submarine. It was to be used for hunting sunken treasure, but, when war broke out, the inventor offered it to the Navy of his adopted country. Although not interested in submarine warfare, the U.S. Navy was willing to gamble on anything that might be able to sink the rebel Merrimack. De Villeroi's credentials were impeccable: he had a lengthy record of inventions and discoveries, and had built his first submarine in 1832. What could go wrong? 

Chuck Veit is author of a number of original research books on Civil War naval topics. Copies of his most recent book, Natural Genius, which tells the story of Brutus de Villeroi and Alligator, will be available for sale. 
Chuck is a frequent speaker on 19th century naval topics at area historical societies, Civil War roundtables and conferences and has published numerous articles in journals and magazines. He is president of the Navy & Marine Living History Association, an organization dedicated to sharing America’s naval history through the medium of in-the-field events. 

The Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing is located in Hopewell Township about a mile from the river at 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road (Route 546), Titusville, NJ. The lecture will be held in the Crossings Room of the church accessed by the east (right) entrance off the parking lot.

Directions from almost anywhere

This talk is one in a series sponsored by DRGP on different aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of the Delaware River and is open to the public free of charge. The next talk in the series is Jeff Marshall, Delaware River Towns: Full of character and full of characters, at 7:30 on Wednesday, November 14, at the David Library of the American Revolution.

8 Nov
Board of Trustees Meeting
11/08/2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
14 Nov

Delaware River Towns: Full of character and full of characters, by Jeff Marshall, at the David Library of the American Revolution.

 

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