Stewardship on the Tidal Delaware Water Trail
Want to help the Delaware River? Become a Tidal Trail Ambassador
Tidal Trail Ambassadors help educate people about the Tidal Delaware River and plan trips, tours, and other activities along the river. Similar to a docent program, Tidal Trail Ambassadors are trained on history, ecological restoration, recreation opportunities, waterfront redevelopment, wildlife and more! For more information visit: http://www.pecpa.org/ambassador
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Help care for the land, water, and cultural resources along the Tidal Delaware River Water Trail by respecting wildlife, nature and other people.
Make sure you:
- Plan and prepare.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimize campfires.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
“Leave No Trace,” a national outdoor ethics program, provides some guidelines to minimize your impact. For more information about “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics, visit www.lnt.org.
Tips for protecting the Delaware River
Wildlife abounds along the Tidal Delaware Water Trail. Be careful when using boat access sites or parks within the habitats of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Freshwater tidal marshes located in the water trail area provide important feeding areas for migratory birds, so take care to minimize impact in those areas.
Fishing is a popular and encouraged activity along the Tidal Delaware Water Trail! However, rules and restrictions do apply. First, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website to check the locations of fishing areas and any advisories. Then, grab your bait and tackle, and catch some fun!
Much of the shoreline along the tidal Delaware is urbanized and in private ownership. Respect the privacy and rights of landowners by obtaining permission before entering any privately-owned land. Avoid boisterous behavior and making loud noises. Remember that sound carries across water much more clearly than on land. Share the same courtesy that you would want. A friendly wave or quiet greeting is always welcome.
Trash and Recycling
Access points are owned and managed by a variety of entities (PA Fish and Boat Commission, municipalities, and counties) who work hard to maintain safe, convenient grounds for recreation and access to the river. Many have trash and recycling bins so please use them – never dump your trash in the river. If an access point or point of interest location does not have a place for you to dispose of your garbage, please “pack it out” and take it home with you.
Maintaining a clean boat is essential to preserving clean, healthy waterways. The Clean Boating Campaign has identified some ways you can minimize your boat’s environmental “splash” in the water. Check out the advice of the National Clean Boating Campaign.