Clean Water conference

Clean Water: A Two State Solution

A one-day conference highlighting the Brandywine-Christina watershed.

May 3, 2018
Mendenhall Inn, Mendenhall, PA

Brandywine River
As one of the most historic small watersheds in the nation, the Brandywine-Christina supplies drinking water to over a half million people in Delaware and Pennsylvania and supports $1.6 billion in annual economic activity and over 100,000 jobs.

This conference will include highlights from the newly released Brandywine-Christina State of the Watershed Report and showcase projects implemented by partners throughout the watershed. Following lunch the conference attendees are invited to attend a field tour to have a first-hand view of innovative agriculture practices and discuss water supply options and strategies for protecting source water in the watershed. The day will wrap up back at the Mendenhall Inn with a reception and networking event.

National and regional experts, Delaware and Pennsylvania legislators and dignitaries, and watershed stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

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8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks
David Shields, Associate Director, Brandywine Conservancy

9:10 AM

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI)
Andrew Johnson, Program Director, The William Penn Foundation

9:20 AM

Two States Joined by a Common Watershed: Delaware and Pennsylvania
Secretary Shawn Garvin, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

10:00 AM

Brandywine-Christina: America’s Most Historic Small Watershed
Gerald Kauffman, Director, Water Resources Center, University of Delaware

10:15 AM

The Brandywine-Christina State of the Watershed  
(The Brandywine, Red Clay and White Clay Creeks and the Christina River)
Moderator: Martha Narvaez, Policy Scientist, Water Resources Center, University of Delaware

  • Water Quality
    John Jackson, Senior Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Agriculture Restoration and Land Preservation
    Grant DeCosta, Senior Planner, Brandywine Conservancy
  • Stream Restoration 
    Robert Struble, Watershed Conservation Director, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance
  • Municipal Ordinances
    Ann Hutchinson, Senior Director of Community Planning, Natural Lands
  • Brandywine-Christina Healthy Water Fund
    Richard Jones, Delaware State Director, The Nature Conservancy



11:15 AM

Collaborative Work in the Watershed 
Moderator: Janet Bowers, Executive Director, Chester County Water Resources Authority 

  • City of Wilmington, Delaware 
    Chris Oh, Assistant Water Division Director, Public Works Department, City of Wilmington
  • Honey Brook Township, Pennsylvania 
    Shane Hadden, Chairman, Open Space Committe, Honey Brook Township
  • White Clay Wild and Scenic
    Shane Morgan, River Administrator, White Clay Wild and Scenic Program 

12:00 PM

Going Forward
David Shields, Associate Director, Brandywine Conservancy

12:30 PM

Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation

1:45 PM

Formal Meeting Adjourn

2:00 PM

Field Tour (By bus) 

4:30 PM

Networking and Reception 

State of the Watershed Report

View the 2018 Brandywine-Christina State of the Watershed Report

This event is hosted by the Brandywine-Christina Cluster Partners, a partnership of six nonprofit organizations, funded by the William Penn Foundation through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI).