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Intergovernmental Resources

The Delaware River Basin Commission was formed in 1961 by compact among the four basin states (New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey) and the federal government.  The five DRBC members oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries.

When the DRBC was created, some 43 state agencies, 14 interstate agencies, and 19 federal agencies exercised a multiplicity of splintered powers and duties within the watershed, which stretches 330 miles from the Delaware River's headwaters near Hancock, N.Y., to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

The Delaware River Basin includes:

  • All or portions of 42 counties
  • All or portions of 838 municipalities