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Kick-Off Event On April 20 To Launch The Delaware River Water Trail

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2007

(WEST TRENTON N.J.)  -- American Canoe Association Executive Director Pamela Dillon, Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Director Cindy Adams Dunn, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources John S. Watson, Jr., and Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Doug Austen, along with representatives from the offices of U.S. Congressmen Rush Holt (N.J.-12), Patrick Murphy (Pa.-8), and Christopher Carney (Pa.-10), will join Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) Executive Director Celeste Tracy and other partners at an event to celebrate the Delaware River as an Interstate Water Trail.  Students from FDR Middle School in Bristol, Pa. also will participate.

Two new products will be introduced to help ensure the public’s safe enjoyment of the river and there will be a grant presentation to DRGP from DCNR.

The water trail project’s federal, state, and nonprofit organization partners organized this event around Earth Day, April 22, as a way to emphasize the river’s importance as a recreational resource, source of drinking water for millions, and vital habitat for wildlife.

WHEN?          Friday, April 20; 11 a.m. to 12 noon
WHERE?        Washington Crossing Historic Park, Visitor Center/Lower Park
                    1112 River Road
                    Washington Crossing, Pa.
DIRECTIONS: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/visit/directions.htm
VISUALS:      In addition to the speakers, representatives of the various water trail partners will be on-hand with
                    displays to introduce attendees to the various organizations that launched this interstate project and
                    developed the new products.


Contact: Kate O'Hara, DRBC, 609-883-9500 ext. 205, katharine.o'hara@drbc.state.nj.us