The Coastal Programs Section serves as the Department’s research, education, and policy lead for coastal and ocean issues. It helps manage Delaware’s federal coastal zone and balance the use and protection of its resources through the integrated efforts of the Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Learn how Delaware preserves, protects, develops and enhances the state’s coastal resources and resolves conflicts related to coastal issues.
Explore Delaware’s natural laboratory for research, education, and coastal stewardship, part of a national network of 29 Reserves.
Learn how we are advancing our understanding of Delaware’s coastal and estuarine resources through science and monitoring.
Find information on conservation and stewardship efforts to protect and enhance Delaware’s coastal habitats.
Learn about planning assistance, training, and technical and educational resources for local governments, organizations and landowners.
Discover how to get involved and explore educational, recreational, and volunteer opportunities all around Delaware’s coasts.
Find more about regulating heavy industry in the Coastal Zone on the Delaware Coastal Zone Act web pages.
Learn how states have a strong voice in federal agency decision making for activities that may affect their coastal uses or resources.