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Environmental organizations pledged to the protection of the Delaware River watershed Thursday hailed new federal legislation focused on protection and restoration of the region.

The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2011 would bolster efforts to care for the region, said Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum.

“Largely it’s going to be working to restore habitat that supports fish that are important for eco-tourism, maybe to restore wetlands that are important for flood protection and to identify the areas in the watershed that are really in need of restoration and find ways for the different organizations that are working on these issues to connect and be able to work together toward that needed restoration,” she said.

The legislation is being cosponsored in the Senate by Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, Robert Casey (D-PA), Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both New Jersey Democrats, and Tom Carper (D-DE). In the House, cosponsors include Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Charles Dent (R-PA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), John Runyan (R-NJ), and John Carney (D-DE).