The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, in partnership with the Delaware River Basin Commission and New York City Department of Environmental Protection, has initiated a feasibility re-evaluation study for Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir.
The primary authorized missions of the F.E. Walter Dam are to reduce flooding risk and support recreation. Aside from these two primary missions, the study will also consider fisheries, additional recreation, water supply (as related to low flow augmentation under drought), water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and F.E. Walter Dam operations. This study will examine whether potential improvements to infrastructure or operational methods could allow water in the reservoir to be used for additional purposes that could support the ecological health of the Delaware River Basin and future public demands. In particular, the study will examine reservoir management options that could release additional water under drought conditions to help repel salinity downstream.
Since this study effort exceeds allowed Congressional funding and time limits, a policy exception request is currently under consideration by the Secretary for increased time and funding to complete the needed engineering analysis. If this exception is granted, the updated study completion date is anticipated for March 2027.