A coalition of non-profit organizations engaged with the urban waterways of Philadelphia and Camden.

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Our Mission

As a coalition of non-profit organizations engaged with the urban waterways of Philadelphia and Camden, we leverage shared resources to improve safe community access to our waterways and provide programming that inspires youth to be a catalyst for greater awareness, use and stewardship of this vital natural resource. Our Vision We envision a day when healthy waterways will connect our communities.

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RiverWays is made possible by a grant from The William Penn Foundation’s Watershed Protection Program

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Community Stories

The most Philly thing you can do in a boat on the Delaware River (Philly.com)

An eco-tour boat full of adults and children chugged toward the Ben Franklin Bridge on a sweltering July afternoon. Aside from an osprey nesting in a rusted-out trawler, some deer grazing along the banks, and a lone Jet Ski approaching on the starboard side, they had one of the busiest stretches of the Delaware River all to themselves.

The driver of the Jet Ski pulled up close and waved. Moms and kids waved back. Then the smaller craft sped off and its passenger stood and dropped his shorts, revealing a full moon, well before noon.

Urban BoatWorks students launch handcrafted boats for peaceful day on Cooper River Lake (FOX 29)

Student participants of Urban BoatWorks, through UrbanPromise, spend the school year working with volunteers building canoes, paddleboats and kayaks. After a special ceremony Saturday, the students launched their handmade craft into the water, enjoying a lazy ride along the Cooper River Lake.

‘Within this city … there is this beautiful river.’ South Jersey canoe program aims to expand horizons and change lives

Destiny Wilson spent the other day drifting down the languid Cooper River away from Camden, toward the Delaware, in a canoe that she built with her own hands. Excitedly, she identified a double-crested cormorant, then a bald eagle and a few blue herons as they dozed in the shade or soared above. Read more at Philly.com

Investigating 200-year-old plant remains found in a Bartram’s Garden attic

A few years before the French Revolution, William Bartram shipped over to the French government 50 types of agricultural seeds he’d collected, along with documents showing their names and a short essay about how they were used. Read more at WHYY

Blog: Boat building flows with St. Peter’s School students in Philadelphia

When Sandra C. Rekstad stepped into the wooden boat two summers ago bobbing on the Delaware River, she was immediately impressed.

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