NJ, Pa., Del. governors team up to protect Delaware River watershed

Govs. Tom Wolf, Phil Murphy and John Carney
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The top brass in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware joined forces Thursday in an effort to better the Delaware River watershed.
Govs. Tom Wolf, Phil Murphy and John Carney signed a proclamation announcing their administrations would work together to make sure the Delaware River meets drinking water standards, is accessible to the public, and provides a sustainable home for wildlife.

Pleased to join @GovernorTomWolf and @GovMurphy to talk about our shared commitment to the Delaware River and the impact it has on our states.Still #AllAboutThatBasin. #GovLeadershipSummit @NWF pic.twitter.com/36DSSOj0uT

— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) May 16, 2019

Today, we stand with Governors @JohnCarneyDE, @GovMurphy, & @GovernorTomWolf as they commit to protecting the Delaware River watershed, ensuring a strong river economy & protections for wildlife like great blue heron & river otters! #GovLeadershipSummit https://t.co/Ooec3rnWW2 pic.twitter.com/18yIKHwLEx

— National Wildlife Federation (@NWF) May 16, 2019


"Our teams work very closely together," Murphy said, "so it's not just the three of us. It's a very good working group relationship among our states."

In their push to make the river watershed healthier, Murphy said they'll need some help.

"The federal government has not been there and they are a member of this commission," he said. "The proclamation is not words only. This is meant to signify action on our collective behalf."

Carney added they'll look at ways to make the drinking water better and improve the quality of life for people and animals using the river.

"And maybe being more project-based," he continued, "trying to do some big things in the river."

As they go forward, Wolf said they'll explore multiple ways to get funding for their projects.

"There are a lot of things we can do," Wolf said. "We need the financial support. The federal government would be great. All of us are not waiting on that. We are working together on that."

The Democratic governors say they will also work together to address how climate change is affecting the river and what they can do to combat it.