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
rivers are its main tributaries.
The Delaware serves as a water transportation route for Philadelphia
, 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.