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Straws in the Delaware: Water Use Today and Tomorrow
(Susan S. Hutson, US Geological Survey)
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Climate Change Implications for the Delaware Basin
(Raymond G. Najjar, Jr., Ph.D. – Penn State University)
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Clean Cities, Green Waters: Philadelphia’s Sustainable Approach to Addressing Stormwater Through Green Infrastructure
(Christopher Crockett, Ph.D., Philadelphia Water Department)
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Ground Water Protection At the Local Level
(Matthew P. Lyons, Esq., Mayor, Washington Township, New Jersey)
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New York City’s Source Water Protection Program
(David S. Warne, New York City Environmental Protection)
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Local Discussion
Local discussion was held at each of the regional forum locations on March 10, 2011. At the conclusion of the forum, each location summarized the dialogue in three categories: Highlights of the Local Forum; Major Issues/Challenges; and Next Steps. This forum location submitted the following report:

Highlights of The Local Forum

What is working or could work?

  • Land preservation
  • Education (e.g., watershed middle school program)
  • Publicize good ideas (e.g., rain barrel conversation) and demonstration/model projects (Philadelphia stormwater fee program)
  • Coalitions, collaboration, partnerships

Major Issues or Challenges

  • Leadership – at all levels
  • Education – many audiences and modes
  • Externalities – what is the true cost of water

Next Steps

  • Build/optimize leadership – integrating all levels, integrating resource management
  • Use technology, social media tools
  • Let officials know we care about water!
  • Document, so we can tell the story!

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