The Delaware River rises in southern New York and flows southward for about 300 miles before emptying into Delaware Bay. It passes through the Delaware Water Gap near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The Delaware forms the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and New Jersey and Delaware. The Schuylkill and Lehigh rivers are its main tributaries.

The Delaware serves as a water transportation route for Philadelphia, Trenton and Camden, N.J., and Wilmington, Del., which lie in one of the great industrial areas of the United States. The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal connects the river with Chesapeake Bay. In 1961, the Delaware Basin Compact created a regional administrative agency to develop and control the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.

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