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Group 2 Delaware River Watershed Initiative


Identifying Key Lands for Watershed Protection in Sussex County

Sussex County and the Land Conservancy of New Jersey have teamed up to update the county’s Open Space Plan to incorporate watershed science and identify lands critical to ensuring water quality to protect and restore. The analysis, supported with a Delaware Watershed Catalyst grant from the Open Space Institute, helped Sussex County create a state-of-the-art, science-based open space plan that not only helped identify the best lands for protecting drinking water but also increased local interest in open-space funding.

To learn more about how the analysis is providing a model for how to incorporate watershed priorities in county open space plans, see the case study.