The Delaware River Watershed provides drinking water to approximately 13 million people, including 1.5 million people in Philadelphia. It’s home to a huge network of waterways that includes:
200 different types of fish!
25,000 miles of freshwater rivers and streams
That’s greater than the distance around the earth!
1 million acres of wetlands
The Facts On Farming
We also have lots of farms! Did you know that farming uses a LOT of land in the Delaware River basin? There are more than 15,000 farms in our area that produce your favorite foods—grains, veggies, fruit, milk, and eggs.
We need farmers for food and so much more! Farmers also have an important role in protecting our environment. Runoff leaving farm fields (from chemicals, soil, or fertilizer) can hurt the health of our watershed.
What Can We Do? Support Healthy Farms!
Look for farms that are organic and use good farming practices like crop rotation, cover cropping and compost, instead of harmful chemicals.
What's the Word?
Water that leaves a farm because of rain, melted snow, or from watering plants
A type of farming that does not use synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, or genetically modified (GMO) seeds, but instead relies on natural methods and healthy soil
Plants that are used to slow erosion, improve soil health, and control pests by covering the field during the off-season
A process where organic materials (like food scraps!) are broken down to create a nutrient-dense material that helps to restore soil health and increase water retention
Know Your Labels
Have you seen this symbol? Whenever you see the USDA certified organic seal, you know that food or product is organic and is helping to protect clean water.
When you see this label, you’ll know you are supporting foods that are good for your family and your rivers and streams.
Certified Organic Products:
Are banned from using more than 700 different chemicals
Never use GMOs
Do not use harmful fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics & other unhealthy chemicals that can wash into our water
Plus... organic farmers prioritize good farming practices like Cover Cropping
& Crop Rotation!
Do Your Part to Support Healthy Farms
Learn more about what you can do to Grow Clean Water! You’ll get a free family-friendly pledge kit ($15 value) in the mail!Sign the Pledge