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Common Waters Fund Receives Partnership Award
Will Price

On Earth Day, April 22, 2012, the Upper Delaware Council gathered to celebrate achievements in conservation. The Pinchot Institute’s Common Waters fund was among the honorees at the awards ceremony. The Common Waters Fund received the Partnership Award for its efforts to enhance the quality of life and protect the natural resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley.

The Pinchot Institute is honored to receive this award for the Common Waters Fund. This award also recognizes the achievements of more than 40 organizations and individuals who came together four years ago to form the Common Waters Partnership. This partnership has worked hard over that time to define a common mission, and together launch initiatives that reflect a shared devotion to the rivers, streams, forests, and communities of the region.

Common Waters has also been blessed with the major support and encouragement of other partners like the William Penn Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

The Pinchot Institute works around the world on issues of national and global importance. But this region holds special significance. It is also the Institute’s birthplace, 49 years ago. We are proud to be a part of the Common Waters Partnership, and regard this initiative as one of the most important things we do.

This is the connection the Common Waters Fund is trying to make: between all the people and companies that depend on the Delaware—whether for drinking water, electricity, jobs, and many other benefits—and this region, which is the source of clean and reliable water. As we are all witnessing, this region is increasingly of national and global focus, which will bring more changes.

The Partnership has created the Common Waters Fund to provide encouragement and support for landowners that we hope is a benefit to everyone who loves the region and calls it home. It’s a program that rewards forest stewardship and conservation. It has already had a great impact. Our challenge now is to ensure that the Common Waters Fund endures over the long-term, and is an asset not only for the region, but the millions of people who depend on the waters that flow from the forests of the Upper Delaware.

Will Price is Director, Conservation Programs at the Pinchot Institute in Washington, DC.

L-R: Carla Hahn, National Park Service; Laurie Stuart, Upper Delaware River Roundtable, Sean McGuinness, National Park Service; Laurie Ramie, Upper Delaware Council; Sally Corrigan, Pike County Office of Community Planning; Will Price, Pinchot Institute; Nadia Rajsz, Chairperson, Upper Delaware Council; Nick Niles, Board Member, Pinchot Institute; Ed Brannon, Pinchot Institute.

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