Commission votes to protect lower Delaware

July 16, 2008 5:13:24 PM PDT
A stretch of the lower Delaware River is getting a special classification to protect it from pollution. The Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday approved the designation of the river as special protection waters. That designation limits direct discharges of wastewater into the river.

The ruling affects the area of the river between the Delaware Water Gap and Trenton. The upper part of the river north of the Delaware Water Gap received the designation in 1992.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine praised the ruling and said it will mean cleaner water for millions of people.

The Delaware River Basin Commission's members include the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York as well as a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers.