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DRBC Releases Annual Report

For Immediate Release

August 23, 1999

(WEST TRENTON, N.J.) - The Delaware River Basin Commission has released its 1998 Annual Report in which newly-appointed Executive Director Carol R. Collier outlines some of the challenges to be faced in the 21st Century.

"We will be addressing the difficult issues of resource management, including water demand forecasting, watershed management, and equitable use of limited water resources," she writes. "We will provide service to our constituents - the four states, federal government, environmental organizations, recreators and water users - by providing a framework within which economic progress and environmental protection can continue."

Ms. Collier predicts that the issues of water scarcity will increase in the next few years, adding, "We will see greater demands for water supply, as well as increased use of the waterways for recreation. The importance of aquatic habitats is becoming more apparent, and our understanding of habitat protection is growing."

"Are we properly allocating surface and ground waters?" she asks. "How can we most effectively protect our stream and river biological systems? The DRBC needs to play a key role in this debate."

The report includes chapters on water quality and water supply as well a section on the adoption of new management techniques to be used in watershed management. Free copies of the report are available by contacting the commission at P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, N.J. 08628, or phoning 609-883-9500 ext. 240. The report soon will be posted on the commission's web site: www.state.nj.us/drbc/.