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Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Trash on our beaches and in our waterways isn’t just unsightly – it’s also potentially dangerous to marine life and in some cases harmful to water quality. The annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup offers volunteers an opportunity to help make a difference for Delaware’s shoreline and waterways while joining an international effort to clean up the
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Design a Sign, Protect a Dune

Help us design a sign that will help beach-goers remember to stay off the dunes.

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Jennifer Pongratz Division of Watershed Stewardship 89 Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901 302.739.9921
Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay Coastal Dunes are
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Public Hearing: Coastal Zone Regulations

DNREC and the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board will jointly conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Regulations Governing Delaware’s Coastal Zone on June 24, 2019, at 6:00 P.M., at the DNREC office at 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle.
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Research Reserve Internships

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) offers multiple summer volunteer internship opportunities in research, environmental education, and communication and policy.

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St. Jones Reserve 302.739.6377
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Coastal Zone Conversion Permits Open Houses

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is seeking input on the preliminary recommendations made by the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Regulatory Advisory Committee.
February 25, in Claymont February 26, in Delaware City 
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CZCPA Work Groups

Four Work Groups have been formed to provide technical support to the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act (CZCPA) Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC). This page contains information about each of the four Work Groups, including focus areas and meeting materials. Due to the complex nature of many topics addressed in the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit
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CZCPA Regulatory Advisory Committee

In June 2018, DNREC assembled the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act (CZCPA) Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC) to provide guidance and feedback to DNREC on the development of regulations under the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act. This page contains all information and materials from Committee meetings, including the RAC’s final recommendations.
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New Castle Resilient Community Events

The public participation portion of the City of New Castle Resilient Community Partnership include a series of public meetings at which residents and stakeholders were able to brainstorm and contribute their input to the partnership. March 14, 2018 Resilient Community Partnership Public Workshop
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Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit

Nearly 200 people attended the first annual Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit at the Del Tech Conference Center on November 27, 2017. The event drew a diverse audience from throughout Delaware, including representatives from 22 towns, 16 Nonprofit and Community Groups, 15 Federal and State Agencies, 14 professional services companies, six county and regional
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Resilient and Sustainable Communities League

The Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League is a group of 14 member organizations that coordinate together to help assist Delaware’s communities as they adapt to the impacts of climate change and work towards a more sustainable future.
The Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League now has its very own website!
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Past Projects

Delaware’s Coastal Management Program and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve are energetic, evolving programs whose focus remains on the management and enhancement of Delaware’s coastal environment. But projects, opportunities, and areas of study change over time. This is an archive of information about some past projects. Delaware Bay Wave Buoys
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The Delaware Coastal Management Program

From the Delaware Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware’s coastal resources contribute to its economy, environment, and quality of life. The Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) is a networked program that works to preserve, protect, develop, enhance, and resolve conflicts related to the state’s coastal resources.
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Stakeholder Interviews

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has invited a number of representatives of different Delaware groups to participate in an initial set of stakeholder interviews to help guide DNREC in developing the process it will use to develop regulations for Coastal Zone Conversion Permits.
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Green Eggs and Sand

Green Eggs & Sand is an innovative workshop experience and set of curriculum modules designed to explore the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab (HSC)/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy.

Contacts

Maggie Pletta Education Coordinator, DNERR 302.735.3412 Karen Byrne New
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Delaware Coastal Zone Act Program

The Coastal Zone Act Program regulates existing heavy industrial activities, as well as new and existing manufacturing activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone. Certain new activities, such as the bulk transfer of raw materials, are not allowed in the Coastal Zone, which runs the length of the state.

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Coastal Zone Conversion Permits

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is developing regulations to implement a new permit process to allow industrial reuse of 14 existing sites of heavy industry use within Delaware’s Coastal Zone.
Public Hearing On Draft Regulations
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History of the Coastal Zone Act

Then-Governor Russell Peterson signed the Delaware Coastal Zone Act (7 Del.C., Chapter 70) into law on June 28, 1971. The Governor and General Assembly of 1971 recognized that the coastal areas of Delaware are the most critical areas for the future of the State in terms of quality of life. The law is designed to protect Delaware’s
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St. Jones Reserve

The St. Jones Reserve component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is located on the north shore of the St. Jones River, off Kitts Hummock Road, south of Dover in Kent County and includes a portion of Delaware Bay. The St. Jones Reserve is on the Delaware Bayshore Byway and includes a Visitor Center and a two-mile nature trail.

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Blackbird Creek Reserve

The Blackbird Creek Reserve component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is located upstream from Delaware Route 9 at Taylors Bridge in Townsend, New Castle County. The Blackbird Creek Reserve is on the Delaware Bayshore Byway and includes trails, pavilion and canoe/kayak launch.

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Blackbird Creek Fall Festival

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) offers a day of free family fun at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival the third Saturday in October at the Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. The 2019 Fall festival is set for October 19, 2019. The Blackbird Creek Fall Festival fosters stewardship of the Delaware Bayshore by celebrating the richness of estuaries and Delaware’s
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Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Citizen scientists and state researchers have surveyed the horseshoe crabs spawning along Delaware Bay beaches since 1990. The data they have collected has been key for scientists in monitoring changes in numbers of spawning crabs in the Bay.

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DNERRhsc@gmail.com 302.739.6377

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Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee

The Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee was created in 2010 to bring together to investigate the state’s vulnerability to sea level rise and to provide recommendations about how to best prepare for higher sea levels.
Adapting to Sea Level Rise Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory
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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Perceptions

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has initiated a series of public perception surveys to measure the Delaware public’s knowledge of, and interest in, the issues of climate change and sea level rise. Surveys were conducted in 2009 and 2014.
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Adapting to Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise affects more than beaches and oceanfront land owners. Sea level rise can increase the height of storm waves, making more areas vulnerable to storm damage. Sea level rise can inundate and flood low lying areas, causing losses to tidal wetlands, habitat, and agricultural areas. Sea level rise also can cause higher water tables and salt
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Green Infrastructure for Community Resilience

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
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Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

This two-day instructor-led course from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative
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Creating a Flood Ready Community

This course, presented with the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration, reviews the multiple sources of flood risks to Delaware communities that can be addressed and mitigated through planning, codes, and ordinances. This training covers floodplain requirements for municipalities. It presents tools for adapting to flood risk. and it provides sources
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Register for Coastal Training

Coastal training and education programs are open to all, but registration is required. Registration is through the Delaware Learning Center, unless otherwise noted. Please login (see below) to the Learning Center then select the training from the My Training widget on the Welcome Page and follow the registration process. Or search for the course title in
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Slaughter Beach Resilient Community Events

The public participation portion of the Slaughter Beach Resilient Community Partnership include a series of three public meetings at which residents and stakeholders were able to brainstorm and contribute their input to the partnership. July 22, 2017 Resilient Community Day Public Workshop Town of Slaughter Beach residents and stakeholders were invited
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Planning Effective Projects

This two-day interactive instructor-led course from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management teaches how to conduct a project assessment, use a logic model to plan a new project or reassess a current one, and prepare for a meaningful evaluation. Participants learn applicable practices for use in coastal community related projects and more – including environmental conservation,
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Resilient Community Partnership: New Castle

Resilient Communities Town of Slaughter Beach City of New Castle Contact: Kelly Valencik Delaware Coastal Programs 302.739.9283

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Resilient Community Partnership: Slaughter Beach

Resilient Communities Town of Slaughter Beach City of New Castle Contact: Kelly Valencik Delaware Coastal Programs 302.739.9283
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For Kids and Families

The Reserve offers a variety of fun and educational activities for children and adults on Reserve property and along the Delaware Bayshore. All activities are free. Most require pre-registration.

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School Programs

Are you looking for a great field trip opportunity or possibly a visit from a naturalist into your classroom? Have you thought about the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve? The Reserve provides wonderful field trip and classroom outreach opportunities for you and your students!
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Resources for Teachers

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve offers a variety of Teacher Professional Development opportunities every year. These training sessions give teachers from around the Delaware Bay an opportunity to grow and expand their skills.

Contact

Maggie Pletta Education Coordinator 302.739.6377

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Get Involved

You can get involved in your community and your estuary when you volunteer with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR). The Reserve offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students throughout each year at each of its two locations.

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Alvin G. Wilson Conservation Demonstration Area

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve actively promotes installation of conservation and restoration projects. As part of an educational outreach effort, 12 acres of poorly-drained farmland located within the St. Jones Reserve were converted in 2003 to demonstration plots to highlight wetland and grass conservation options.
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Conservation and Stewardship

Stewardship  involves a wide range of activities including land acquisition, habitat mapping, ecological restoration, invasive species monitoring, resource inventories, demonstration areas, and more. The Coastal Programs works with partners at the state, regional and national level to promote better stewardship of coastal habitats.

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The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is one of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country
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Visiting Scientists

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts visiting scientists who conduct research of local and national significance that focuses on enhancing coastal management.

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Kari St. Laurent, Ph.D. Research Coordinator 302.735.3413
2018 Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Fellowships
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Marine Debris

Marine debris is a growing concern around the world. From our beaches to our waters, litter, microplastics, and other man-made products are making their way into aquatic environments. More research is necessary to determine the full extent of potential long-term impacts.

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Kari
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Coastal Monitoring

Delaware Coastal Programs monitors various environmental factors to help understand the coastal environment. The data collected provide insights into complex estuarine ecosystems. They help state and local leaders understand the vulnerability and resilience of our coast. They help us understand the effects of a changing climate. In 2017, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Coastal Training Program

Delaware Coastal Programs offers training and assistance to local governments through the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Training Program offers resources to help communities make informed decisions.

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Kelly Valencik Coastal Training Coordinator 302.739.6377
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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.
Story Map: Resilient Communities The Partnership leverages federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Education and Outreach

Delaware Coastal Programs offers a variety of volunteer, educational, and recreational opportunities at the two research reserve sites that make up the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR).

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Maggie Pletta Education Coordinator 302.735.3412

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Ocean Planning

Delaware Coastal Programs supports the long-term economic and ecological health of the Mid-Atlantic through regional ocean planning efforts.

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Nicole Rodi Planner 302.739.9283
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan
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Coastal Science and Monitoring

An extensive and dynamic coastal science and monitoring program provides scientific data to inform management strategies for the conservation of critical coastal resources. The current focus areas include looking at issues related to climate change and sea level rise, water quality, animal and plant life, the interface between humans and the coastal ecosystem, and more.

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Planning, Training, and Technical Resources

e Delaware Coastal Programs encourages stewardship of Delaware’s coastal and ocean resources by promoting informed, science-based decision making. This is achieved through the development of tools and resources, local and regional planning, training workshops, conferences, field demonstrations, and providing technical assistance to coastal decision makers.
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Federal Consistency

Federal agencies are required to follow state coastal management policies when conducting projects or issuing permits that could affect coastal resources. Delaware Coastal Programs manages the Delaware’s Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency reviews to ensure that state and federal actions in the Coastal Zone are consistent and coordinated.
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Contact Us

Delaware Coastal Programs 100 W. Water Street, Suite 7B Dover, DE 19904 302.739.9283 Administrator Kimberly Cole kimberly.cole@delaware.gov   Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Components Blackbird Creek Reserve 801 Blackbird Landing Road Townsend, DE 19734 302.378.5734
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