Resilient Communities

Communities throughout Delaware are threatened by inland flooding, coastal storms, sea level rise, and changing climate conditions. The Resilient Community Partnership helps communities prepare to respond to coastal hazards.

No projects have yet been selected for the 2021 Resilient Community Partnerships based on the recent solicitation for Requests of Interest from county and municipal government entities.

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Kristen L. Thornton
Delaware Coastal Programs

The Resilient Community Partnership program provides technical assistance and potential funding to plan for and reduce the impacts of coastal hazards related to flooding from sea level rise, coastal storms and climate change through the development of planning strategies at the local level.

Partnership Projects

2018 Resilient Community Partnership:
Reducing Flooding in Coastal Communities

DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs (DCP) office has partnered with a group of seven unique coastal municipalities on a comprehensive assessment of impervious surface coverage. The project will produce community-specific strategies for reducing existing and future impervious surface coverage and increasing stormwater infiltration.

2017 Resilient Community Partnership:
The City of New Castle

2016 Resilient Community Partnership:
The Town of Slaughter Beach

Resilient Communities in Delaware

The Partnership leverages federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help Delaware communities improve their planning and preparation capabilities.

As part of the Partnership, Delaware Coastal Programs provides direct staffing, technical support, public outreach, and training to support a community’s efforts to be more resilient to coastal and climate hazards.

The Partnership helps communities work through the stages of assessing their vulnerabilities, prioritizing potential adaptation and planning options, and implementing their plans.

Explore the work of the partnership in communities throughout the state.

Learn more about planning, training, and technical resources from Delaware Coastal Programs.

Resilient Communities Map