Publications

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) produces several publications that may be downloaded below or are available upon request in hardcopy format.

newsletter spanning six months

UDC Newsletter

A Tri-Annual Publication

A free newsletter about the environment and people of the Upper Delaware River Valley in NY and PA, published three times a year in April, August, and December.

 

Current Newsletter >>

Read / download past issues >>

Read index of past issues >>

Request a printed copy of the Newsletter >>

 

Tribute to 2020 Honorees

UDC 32nd Annual River Valley Awards

A Tribute to 2020 Honorees

Spotlighting those who serve our communities, protect the resources, and enhance our quality of life in the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Valley in diverse and often unheralded capacities.

Learn about our Honorees >>

Upper Delaware Council

Annual Reports

UDC Annual Report

A partnership for land, water, and people working together to conserve the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River in New York and Pennsylvania.

Archived Annual Reports

Partnering to Protect the River Supplement

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

A 19-page supplement full of articles about the history of the area, events, wildlife and more happening in the Upper Delaware River.

Download the Supplement >>

Anniversary brochure

Anniversary Brochure

40-30-20 Celebrations in 2008 (8.5 x 14'')

The year 2008 commemorates the 40th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

This law made possible the Upper Delaware's Scenic and Recreational designation, which is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

This year also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Upper Delaware Council which was incorporated to facilitate local participation in natural and cultural resource conservation and the protection of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Download the brochure >>

Technical Assitance Grant Program

Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Brochure 1988-2007

Program Guidelines & Directory of Past Projects 1988-2007 (8.5 x 14'')

The River Management Plan (RMP) for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River calls for local governments to play an important role in the management of the river corridor. We have discontinued updating this publication now that the information is posted on the UDC website. Click here to see the most recent list of Past TAG Projects.

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) recognizes that financial support is critical for its member towns and townships to institute effective programs. The U.S. Department of the Interior provides annual funding to the UDC through its Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service to enable a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program.

Download the TAG brochure >>

River Management Plan

The Final River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

Download the River Management Plan >>

(Note that the pdf file is 221 pages and 19.9 MB in size, so it may take awhile to download.)

Land and Water Use Guidelines (section)

A 20-page section of the River Management Plan.

Download this section of the Plan >>

For a PDF copy of the entire Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Final River Management Plan, dated November 1986, on a CD, please contact the UDC office by phone at 845-252-3022 or email.

Project Review Workbook

The Upper Delaware Council's updated 2020 Project Review Workbook is the main document used to perform substantial conformance and project review for member towns. Outlined is the process and procedure for review to ensure development remains consistent with the intent of the River Management Plan, Land and Water Use Guidelines and the Upper Delaware Legislation.

Project Review Workbook >>

UDC Design Handbook

This 36-page document provides guidance to undertake construction in the designated river corridor in ways that ensure harmony with the existing landscape. It is geared toward builders, developers, and landowners planning construction activity, as well as local officials in charge of reviewing development plans.

Download the Design Handbook >>

Outstanding Remarkable Values

Wild and Scenic River Values of the Delaware River Basin

Outstandingly remarkable values (ORVs) are defined by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as the characteristics that make a river worthy of special protection.

Thus, the foundation for wild and scenic river management is a clearly defined set of ORVs.

The Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council has issued criteria for identifying and defining these values.

Download Outstanding Remarkable Values >>

Revitalizing the Monarch Butterfly

Fostering the Flyway by the Byway

This 16-panel, full-color brochure, which opens up to a 15 x 18-inch poster layout titled “Bring Home the Butterflies… And the Birds & Bees, and Bats & Beetles and Other Pollinators” addresses the significance of the Monarch declines.

This publication highlights the Monarch's life cycles and cross-continental migration patterns, conservation efforts that can be easily undertaken in one’s back yard to grow milkweed and nectar plants that are critical to their survival. Tips on how to attract Monarch's and best mowing practices to minimize negative impacts on their survival. A list of available pollinator plants in this area, and how to participate in national campaigns that are underway to protect the species are also included.

Download the brochure (PDF) >>

UDC Visitor Map & Guide

A Must Have for the Upper Delaware River Traveler!

An overview of activities, amenities, river safety tips, and conservation contacts for the Upper Delaware River Valley region.

This guide features a large 17 x 22” map that lists Public Lands and Accesses, Accommodations, Bait and Tackle, Fishing Guides, Restaurants and Food, Liveries and Campgrounds that are located within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor boundaries.

Download the Map & Guide (PDF) >>

Request a printed copy of the Map & Guide >>

Sunny day looking down river
Photo Credit: David B. Soete
Did You Know?

The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, added by the U.S. Congress in 1978 as the 19th component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, is exactly 73.4 miles long, extending from the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Delaware River above Hancock, NY downstream to Railroad Bridge No. 2 in Mill Rift, PA. The corridor is comprised of 55,575.5 acres of land.