The mission of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is to engage all stakeholders to ensure the wise management, conservation and enhancement of the State’s natural resources; protect public health and the environment; provide quality outdoor recreation; improve the quality of life; lead energy policy and climate preparedness; and educate the public on historic, cultural and natural resource use, requirements and issues.
The functional units of the Department are divided among three Offices, each focused on different parts of this mission. The links below are to the web pages of these divisions and sections within the divisions on the existing dnrec.delaware.gov website. As pages for these divisions are completed on the new dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov site, they will be updated.
Kimberly Cole, Administrator
The Coastal Programs unit serves as DNREC’s key research, education and policy entity. It focuses on preservation, development and use of coastal, estuarine and ocean resources. And it plays a significant role in coordination and permitting of federal activities within the State and off-shore development projects.
Patrick J. Emory, Director
The Community Services unit improves coordination and collaboration among the Department’s various program ombudsmen, community organizations, enforcement and other partners in environmental public health protection.
Terry L. Deputy, Administrator
The Environmental Finance unit administers the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and the financial components of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. It provides funding for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure projects. It supports the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council. It provides engineering and planning assistance for priority ecological and restoration projects. And it underwrites grants and low-interest loans to homeowners, communities and agricultural producers.
Administrative Law Services
Budget Development and Federal Aid Coordination
Procurement, Contracts & Indirect Cost Allocation
Security Systems & Continuity of Operations
The Office of Environmental Protection includes divisions and programs that help manage sources and causes of pollution of the air, land and water.
Ali Mirzakhalili, Director
The Division of Air Quality monitors and regulates all emissions to the air. It issues permits to construct and permits to operate air contaminant sources. It maintains emission inventories from business and industry. It develops the State’s implementation plan as required by the Clean Air Act. It adopts new regulations and supports enforcement of existing regulations. And it permits and inspects asbestos removal efforts. Organizational Chart
Engineering and Compliance
Marjorie Crofts, Director
The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances ensures Delaware’s wastes are managed to protect human life, health, safety and the environment. It encourages waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The division leads the investigation and clean-up of hazardous substance release sites. It regulates installation, operation, removal and remediation of tanks storing petroleum and hazardous substances. It ensures boilers and pressure vessels are inspected to prevent catastrophic failures. The division provides comprehensive emergency planning and pollution prevention. It provides 24-hour response to time-critical emergency and non-emergency environmental and hazardous materials incidents. Organizational Chart
Virgil Holmes, Director
The Division of Water manages and protects Delaware’s water resources. It provides technical assistance, laboratory services, and regulatory guidance and implementation. The division performs applied research and provides educational services. And it helps finance water pollution control measures. Organizational Chart
Susan Love and Robert Underwood, Co-Acting Directors
The Division of Energy and Climate leads statewide climate change mitigation and adaptation programs. It provides grants for energy efficiency and clean fuel technology. It supports energy policy development. And it provides coordination and assistance to support sustainable land use and building practices. Organizational Chart
The Office of Natural Resources includes divisions and programs that manage, and provide access to, the natural resources of the state, including parks, waters, wetlands, and nature preserves and the plants and animals that live here.
Dave Saveikis, Director
The Division of Fish & Wildlife conserves and manages Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources. It provides safe and enjoyable fishing, hunting, and boating opportunities. The division controls mosquito populations and manages and enhances wildlife habitat. It works with private land-owners and manages state-owned lands. And the division helps the public understand fish and wildlife issues. Organizational Chart
Administration and Support
Federal Aid Coordination
Ray Bivens, Director
The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 20,000 acres in 16 state parks, the Brandywine Zoo and Baynard Stadium. The Division manages 10 nature preserves and 12 other sites outside of the parks. And it monitors over 100 conservation easements protecting more than 4,000 acres. The division protects cultural and historic resources. And it provides a wide variety of recreational facilities for Delawareans and visitors. Organizational Chart
Administration and Support
Planning, Preservation and Development
Operations, Maintenance and Programming
Robert Palmer, Acting Director
The Division of Watershed Stewardship manages and protects the state’s soil, water and coastlines. It uses a comprehensive array of watershed-based programs to ensure proper stewardship of Delaware’s natural resources. The division protects and maintains the state’s shoreline and navigable waterways. It regulates changes to coastal and urban lands. It develops and implements innovative watershed assessment, monitoring and implementation activities. It promotes wise land use, water quality and water management practices. And it works closely with Delaware’s Conservation Districts to manage stormwater and assist farmers. Organizational Chart
Administration and Support