This course, from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, is designed to introduced participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards.
“Green Infrastructure” incorporates the natural environment and constructed systems that mimic natural processes in an integrated network that benefits nature and people. A green infrastructure approach to community planning helps diverse community members come together to balance environmental and economic goals.
Through presentations featuring green infrastructure projects from Delaware, group discussions, and exercises, participants learned what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their coastal communities.
Local speakers have included representatives from the Delaware Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the City of Seaford, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and DNREC Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Program, and the City of Laurel. They provided expertise on Delaware-centric best practices as well as local resources for participants to use for implementation.
Landscape Conservation in Delaware: Milford Neck Conservation Area (Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy)
Washington Street Flood Control & Stormwater Retrofits (City of Seaford/George, Miles and Buhr, LLC)
Site Scale Examples in Urban Settings (Delaware Center for Horticulture)
Delaware Living Shorelines (DNREC)
Designing to Enhance Community – Integrating Green Infrastructure in Community Level Land Use Planning in Laurel, DE (Delaware Sea Grant/University of Delaware)
Training Photos (Courtesy of Delaware Sea Grant)