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High Admirals Selected For Opsail Event

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2000

(CAMDEN, N.J.) - Jeanne M. Fox, regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region II, and Robert C. Shinn, Jr., commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, have been selected to serve on Friday as Lady High Admiral and Lord High Admiral of the Delaware River Sojourn.

They will be presented with "admiral caps" and certificates during ceremonies that day at Wiggins Park in Camden at 6:30 a.m. as a kick-off to OpSail 2000, the parade of tall ships which will dock here and at Philadelphia later in the day.

High Admirals are chosen for each day of the sojourn, which is held annually, to highlight the awareness of and appreciation for the historical, environmental, and recreational significance of the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi.

The sojourn combines canoeing, camping, and educational programs. The eight-day canoe trip will cover more than 200 miles, beginning at the Delaware's headwaters at Hancock, N.Y. The paddlers will end their journey with a picnic in Delaware on Saturday.

Sojourn sponsors include the Delaware River Basin Commission, (DRBC), Rohm and Haas, PPL Corporation, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG), and PECO Energy.

Members of the Delaware River Steering Committee which organized the event are the American Canoe Association, the DRBC, the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, the Heritage Conservancy, Kittatinny Canoes, Inc., the National Canoe Safety Patrol, the National Park Service, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc., the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pocono Environmental Education Center, the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, and the Upper Delaware Council, Inc.


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