Before I've mentioned the "special protection" that the northern non-tidal portion of the Delaware River receives, but this blog will discuss the specifics. Since its national recognition as part of the Wild and Scenic River Systems in 1978, the river has been graced with limits upon industrial and municipal discharges upon the water basin boundaries.
According to the DRBC the 'special protected waters' was first adopted in 1992 & 94 originally to a 121 mile stretch of the River from Hancock, NY, to the Delaware Water Gap. As of 2008, the protection was extended to the entire non-tidal portion of the river, ceasing at Trenton, NJ.

A brief overview of protection regulations:
1.) Maximum threshold for discharge is 50,000 gallons a day.
2.) DRBC approval is required for all new and expanding industrial or municipal wastewater treatment plants intending to release a daily discharge of 10,000 gallons a day or more.
3.) In order to obtain approval, new discharges must demonstrate no considerable change to existing water quality, in accordance to a 8 parameter comparison (varies with location)
4.) Any projects located within the Special Protection boundary that are subject ot DRBC review must also maintain a Non-Point Source Pollution Control Plan, approved by the DRBC.

[for a full overview of Special Regulations]


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