The waterfront in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is a dynamic and evolving environment which plays a central role in the social, economic, and environmental fabric of the region and presents opportunities and challenges to communities both near and far to the water. DVRPC provides planning services that take this role into account through plans and studies that focus on public access, coastal hazards, transportation, environmental quality, community revitalization, and more.
DVRPC administers the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program in the Delaware Estuary. The CRM Program makes grants annually for planning, education, research, and project implementation. Through CRM funding, DVRPC also administers the Urban Waterfront Action Group (UWAG), which provides early feedback from pertinent regulatory agencies to project sponsors seeking waterfront development permits.