PARTNERSHIP FOR THE DELAWARE ESTUARY INC

Connecting people, science, and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay

aka PDE   |   Wilmington, DE   |  www.delawareestuary.org

Mission

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a National Estuary Program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Kathy Klein

Main address

110 South Poplar Street Suite 202

Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

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EIN

51-0375307

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many plants and animals—and nearly 7 million people—rely upon a healthy environment in the Delaware River and Bay. The Estuary provides a home for fishes, birds, crustaceans, shellfish, insects, and plants. People throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware rely upon the Estuary for clean drinking water, economic and business activity, and recreation. The Estuary's wetlands help protect communities against storms and hurricanes, and remove carbon from the air. A healthy estuary is the foundation of our region's quality of life.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary brings together people, businesses, and governments to restore and protect the Estuary. We are the only organization that focuses on the entire environment affecting the River and Bay. We focus on science, encourage collaboration, and implement programs that help restore the natural vitality of the River and Bay, benefiting the plants, wildlife, people, and businesses that rely upon it.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program

Working to restore important freshwater mussel species, which have been in decline, through our Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program. Freshwater mussels play a critical role in filtering our waterways and improving water quality, removing pollutants and helping to protect creeks and riverbeds from flood damage. This multi-tiered program brings scientists and volunteers together to survey streams, identify streams where mussels can still be found and reintroduce mussels where they've been lost. Three workshops in 2013 trained more than 60 new volunteers to broaden the volunteer-based survey and data collection program

Population(s) Served
Adults

PDE hosts a bi-annual Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit bringing together approximately 300 of the region's leading scientists and environmental educators for three days of presentations, discussions, and networking to share and learn from the latest scientific findings regarding the Estuary and issues surrounding its protection.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

PDE undertakes "Living Shoreline” projects along the tidal coast of Delaware to stabilize eroding tidal marsh shorelines. Living shorelines use shellfish complexes, coir logs and marsh grass plantings to trap sediment, build up shoreline, and absorb erosive wave energy as part of research investigating whether this treatment would assist communities in the Delaware Estuary that are struggling to combat the erosion of their tidal marshes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PDE organizes and participates in river cleanups, including the 23rd annual Christina River Cleanup in 2014, removing more than twenty tons of trash from wetlands and stream banks along the Christina in Wilmington. The Schuylkill Scrub in 2014 was undertaken by more than 1,300 volunteers over a two month period and 100 sites along the Schuylkill River around Philadelphia.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Delaware Wetland Warrior Award 2014

Delaware Department of Natural Resources

Special Recognition 2014

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Excellence in Communications Awards, Newsletters & Magazines 2014

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Brandywine Chapter

Leadership in Action Award to the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) 2014

Penn State Ag Council

Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence to theSchuylkill Action Network (SAN) 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

First Place - Newsletter: Nonprofit, Government or Educational 2013

Delaware Press Association - Annual Communications Awards

First Place - Newsletter: Nonprofit, Government or Educational 2010

Delaware Press Association - Annual Communications Awards

Conservation Organization of the Year to the 2009

The Berks County Conservation District

Partnership Award for the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force 2008

Coastal America Partnership in Action

Heritage Partnership Award 2007

Heritage Conservancy

Award for Excellence in Coastal & Ocean Resource Management, Non-Government Organization of the Year 2003

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Environmental Quality Award 2002

United States Environmental Project Agency Region 2

Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award for the Delaware Estuary Teacher Education Institute 2001

Delaware River Basin, Water Resources Association

Heritage Partnership Award 2000

Heritage Conservancy

Special Recognition 1995

Delaware River greenway Partnership

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to take a leadership role in protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary, where fresh water from the Delaware River mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean. PDE is one of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs throughout the coastal United States working to improve the environmental health of the nation's estuaries. Our staff works with partners in three states to increase awareness, understanding, and scientific knowledge about the Delaware Estuary, the region's most important cultural, economic, and recreational resource.
Vision

We envision everyone working together for clean water, thriving fish and wildlife, and abundant recreational activities in and around the tidal Delaware River and Bay to support communities and a robust economy. To make this vision a reality, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will become:

• A model implementer of practical solutions that fill critical gaps and engage people as stewards of the Estuary;

• The driver of attention and joint problem solving to overcome the challenges facing the Estuary; and

• The driver of attracting financial support and sustainable investment in the Estuary.

Guided by its 2013-2017 strategic plan, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary strives to achieve its organizational mission through scientific research coupled with educational outreach. The following goals and objectives will be pursued in partnership with many organizations, agencies, and individuals throughout this estuary of national significance:

Continuous improvement of the health of the Estuary through sustained momentum of current successful science-based activities and new high-priority activities.
o Improve the health and sustainability of wetlands for clean water, healthy habitat, and community resilience.
o Restore shellfish to improve water quality, habitat, and community resilience.
o Facilitate partnerships and capacity building to improve the health and sustainability of watersheds and waterfronts.
o Coordinate science activities for improved management of the Estuary's natural resources.
o Advance scientific knowledge and its use for improved management of the Estuary's natural resources.

Public, community, and key stakeholders highly engaged in improving the health of the Estuary and its tributaries.
o Increase the preparedness of coastal communities to adapt to climate change and/or sea level rise.
o Encourage targeted behavior changes that can reduce pollution entering local waterways and improve community resilience.
o Build affinity for the tidal Delaware River and Bay and its major tributaries.
o Facilitate collaborative problem solving on key issues and in key areas and sub-watersheds.

Heightened visibility, profile, and organizational capacity for improving the health of the Estuary.
o Increase advocacy for the use of science in decision making and for increased investment in the Estuary's health.
o Strengthen the framework for shared leadership and responsibility, which transcends geography, jurisdiction, and economic sector.
o Enhance the sophistication of marketing and communications, including building PDE's and the Estuary's brand locally, regionally, and nationally.
o Improve administrative systems and augment personnel to support growth and to raise awareness and visibility as well as to advance PDE's role as a lead facilitator and key implementer.
o Develop PDE's physical infrastructure, proactively, in support of current and future needs.

Financial resources for PDE and for the Estuary to enable a greater impact on improving the health of the Estuary.
o Increase financial resources for implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan.
o Increase the level of unrestricted support for PDE.
o Increase the amount of dedicated support (grants and sponso

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is one of 28 congressionally-designated National Estuary Programs working to improve the environmental health of the nation's estuaries. As a core methodology, PDE achieves its mission through leading collaborative and creative efforts to protect and enhance the Delaware Estuary and its tributaries for current and future generations. PDE has a proven track record of leading multidisciplinary technical and outreach programs, with recent examples of past work including a multi-state benthic inventory, native vegetation inventory, and wetland monitoring and assessment (e.g. http://www.delawareestuary.org/scienceandresearch/scienceprojects.asp).

PDE routinely brings together representatives from all levels of government, business and industry, academia, and other nonprofits in our region to work together to tackle the most pressing issues and needs facing the Delaware Estuary (e.g., http://www.delawareestuary.org/science_stac_about.asp).

PDE currently oversees a $1.8 million annual budget, and employs 16 full time staff, 2 part time staff, and several interns throughout the year. PDE has an office in Wilmington, Delaware with full administrative, financial, and technical capabilities to successfully manage and complete this project. As a National Estuary Program, PDE receives annual federal funding from the U.S. EPA and has procedures and systems in place to properly track, manage, and report on the use of federal funds. As a non-profit organization, it has a volunteer Board of Directors made up of eighteen representatives from local government, business, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations.

PDE also has extensive experience with overseeing sub-award programs. For more than five years, PDE administered a mini-grant program utilizing EPA National Estuary Program (320) funding. From 2005 through 2009, PDE administered an EPA Targeted Watershed Grant (TWG) for the Schuylkill Watershed which involved the successful management and oversight of a $1.15 million award from EPA for the implementation of over 40 projects in the Schuylkill Watershed that leveraged an additional $2 million from local, state, and regional sources. PDE's Science Director managed a scientific grant funding program (Marsh Ecology Research Program) from 1995 to 2000. PDE has also served on the technical assistance/review team for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Delaware Estuary Watershed Grants Program, since its creation and sits on the technical review team for the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund administered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is responsible for publishing a “State of the Estuary Report" every three to five years. This serves as a scientific health exam of the tidal Delaware River and Bay, as well as the land draining to them in coastal Delaware, southern New Jersey, and Southeast Pennsylvania.

The PDE produced two complimentary reports in 2012. One was a public-friendly “State of the Estuary Report" (PDF file) published as a special issue of Estuary News. The other was a robust "Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary and Basin," with contributions from expert authors working throughout the region (PDF file). The purpose of both reports is to provide readers with insight into the status and trends of select natural resources in the Delaware Valley.

The information from these reports is used to track the progress being made toward implementation of the PDE's Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, drafted and adopted in 1996. See http://delawareestuary.org/state-estuary to access to reports from 2008 and 2002 (PDF files).

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR THE DELAWARE ESTUARY INC

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Tarsavage

Wood

David Athey, P.E.

AECOM

Carol Collier

Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel

Gus Mergenthaler, P.E.

Tetra Tech, Inc.

Helen Gregory

PSEG Nuclear LLC

Roxanne Jayne, Esq.

Law Offices of Roxanne E. Jayne, LLC

Lawrence Malizzi, PG

OBG

Joseph Tarsavage

Kleinfelder

Jill Voorhees, CPA, MS

Monroe Energy

Juni Alam

Colleen Arnold, PE

Aqua America

David Bushek

Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University

Michael Dillon

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP

Laura Copeland

Philadelphia Water Department

Craig Durand, CHMM

TTI Environmental Inc.

Katherine Eberhart

CEDARVILLE Engineering Group

Ronald Heun, Jr.

Exelon Generation

Kristina Kesack, PE

Brown & Caldwell

David Small

Duffield Associates

Patricia Elkis

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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