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Community Involvement Advisory Council

The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) works to increase community participation and the flow of information between communities and the department. And it facilitates dialogue among all stakeholders during the decision-making process.

Council Members

William E. Pelham, A.I.A.

Vice Chair
La Vaida Owens-White, RN MSN

Jason Adkins, Esq.

Robert Frederick
Health Care

Sarah Keifer
Local Government

Pamela Meitner, Esq.

Marvin Thomas
Community Non-Profit Organization

Leolga Wright
Local Government

The council is established in state law (29 Del.C. § 8016A) as a permanent council serving in an advisory capacity to the secretary of the department. The council is responsible for addressing the relationships and interaction between communities and the department, increasing the flow of information, and meaningful participation in the decision-making process of the department.

The Community Involvement Advisory Council may address adverse environmental impacts on communities, helping to ensure that no community is abnormally affected by environmental impacts. The council may also study, research, plan and advise the Secretary on matters it deems appropriate to enable the department to relate to, and interact with, communities.

Related Documents

Report of the original DNREC Community Involvement Advisory Committee (2001) which led to creation of the present Community Involvement Advisory Council.

Council Meetings

The council holds open public meetings generally every two months and usually at the state’s Smyrna Rest Stop, off of Delaware State Route 1, in Smyrna.

Contact Information

Lisa Myura
Administrative Assistant
DNREC Office of Community Services
23530 Campbell Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947

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