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The Price of Progress...The Promise of Protection:

The St. Jones River

19:50 min   |   English  |  2012

Director: Michael Oates

Narrator: Don Wescott

Music: Over the Waterfall

"The Price of Progress...The Promise of Protection": The St. Jones River
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The St. Jones Watershed has always been one of the most important river systems in Delaware.


First used by the Leni Lenape Indians, then by early colonists, the St. Jones River has been a river "highway" for hundreds of years, connecting Dover, the state capital, with Delaware Bay and the rest of the world. The surrounding watershed also provided fish and game for local inhabitants.


During its 300 year history, the river has been used and abused, but is now on the road to recovery, thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens and government agencies. This video explores the watershed's rich history and current non-profit, state and federal government protection efforts.

Funded by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Also funded, in part, through a grant from the Delaware Coastal Programs, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve with funding from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under award number NAIONOS4200185 and the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Non-Point Source Program.

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