POCONO TOWNSHIP -- The federal government is supporting efforts to protect the Delaware River and improve water quality in its watershed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that $13 million will go to projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
They will include a new approach to helping farmers and those who own forested land to protect it and keep harmful runoff and fertilizers from getting into the river and other streams that flow into it.
The Delaware runs along the eastern Pennsylvania line from Wayne County to Philadelphia.
"We're excited about this," said USDA official Ann Mills. "It is changing the approach to conservation across the country. We're going to see real measurable benefits in the Delaware watershed, but also across the nation."
The USDA says it already had 600 applications for funds to help with projects at farms and forests in the Delaware basin.