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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was created on October 27, 1961, when concurrent compact legislation ratified by Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Congress became law. This was a breakthrough in water resources management since it was the first time that the federal government and a group of states joined together to create a regional body with the force of law to oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries.
A ceremonial signing of the compact was hosted by President John F. Kennedy at the White House on November 2, 1961.
The New York Times reported the following in its November 3, 1961 article covering the event:
* * * Thanks to Jerry Kauffman, Director, Water Resources Agency, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, for sharing The New York Times article.
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Thanks to Jerry Kauffman, Director, Water Resources Agency, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, for sharing The New York Times article.
In part to honor the commission's 50th Anniversary, DRBC and other partners held the Delaware River Celebration on October 19, 2011. Click here for more details, including an event photo gallery.
DRBC's 2011 Annual Report (pdf 4 MB) includes sections that highlight its first 50 years: an article describing the commission's "unique partnership" and an accomplishments/milestones timeline.
If interested in other DRBC Photo Galleries, please click here.
Please note: If you would like to use a photo from one of these galleries, send us an email with your request, noting the image(s) you are interested in. Thank you.