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Floodplain Mapping for Bundicks Branch

DNREC and the federal government are working on an update of the floodplain maps for Bundicks Branch, located west of Lewes, in Sussex County. The study involves new data and engineering models. The floodplain map update will occur through a process called a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR). DNREC is asking for comments and


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moses have applied for a permit to renovate an existing dwelling within the current footprint on Lot 20, Block 45, Dewey Beach.


2022 White Creek Dredging Project

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is in the engineering and permitting phases of a project to dredge White Creek, an important navigation channel in the Inland Bays.

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Jesse Hayden Division of Watershed Stewardship


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Bell have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling on Lots 17 and 19, North Indian Beach, in Sussex County.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Daniel Abramowitz has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling on Lot 1, Block 42, Dewey Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Bryan L. Stahl has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling on Lot 2, Block 42, Dewey Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Chorman have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct a single family dwelling with a 10′ cantilevered deck/porch on Lot 4, Block J, Broadkill Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Depuy have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct an oyster shell bag structure to trap sand on Lot 5, North, Pickering Beach


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Matera have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct an oyster shell bag structure to trap sand on Lots 3 & 4, South, Pickering Beach.


Floodplain Map Revision: Clear Brook

DNREC, in accordance with National Flood Insurance Program regulations, gives notice of the intent to revise flood hazard information, generally located between the confluence with Nanticoke River to Route 18/Cannon Road along Clear Brook in Sussex County.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Town of Slaughter Beach proposes to bring in approximately 5700 cubic yards of sand to rebuild the dune from Sussex Avenue to Simpson Avenue.


Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

DNREC is part of a state and federal partnership with the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation, that aims to add up to 10,000 acres of Delaware agricultural land to the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Landowners in the CREP receive funding to support land conservation practices.



Revised Sediment and Stormwater Program Regulatory Guidance Documents

The DNREC Watershed Stewardship Sediment and Stormwater Program has released revised regulatory guidance documents for public review.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Kenneth Glueck has submitted an application to landscape and regrade part of the yard seaward of the building line on Lot 21, Cotton Patch Hills.


Chesapeake Bay Projects

This page includes information on some of the projects undertaken by DNREC and its partners to help meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan.
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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan – Phase III

There have been three phases of Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay WIP. Delaware developed its Phase I WIP in 2010 and its Phase II WIP in 2012. Both the Phase I and Phase II WIPs describe actions and controls to be implemented by 2017 and 2025 to achieve applicable water quality standards. The Phase III WIP provides


Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan – Phase I

Draft Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) were due to EPA on Sept. 1, 2010. Final plans were submitted on Nov. 29, 2010. Following the release of Delaware’s Draft Phase I WIP, numerous comments and questions from both EPA and various stakeholder groups within the watershed were submitted. As a result of comments and


Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan – Phase II

Delaware’s Draft Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Watershed was submitted to the EPA on Dec. 15, 2011. EPA reviewed the document and provided comments in Feb. 2012. Public comments were accepted through March 21, 2012. All suggestions were considered and the document was modified accordingly.


Events and Workshops

DNREC and its partners in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan have held a series of events, workshops and meetings to promote and support improvements to the water quality of the Chesapeake basin in Delaware. 2020 Reclaim our River Events The Reclaim our River (ROR) Nanticoke Series, a program designed to


Chesapeake Bay Milestones

To continue accelerating progress toward meeting water quality goals, the EPA and Chesapeake Bay Program jurisdictions, including Delaware, agreed to set interim two-year milestones – or short-term goals – as a critical part of an accountability framework.
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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan

Delaware is among six Chesapeake Bay Watershed states – along with Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York – and the District of Columbia committed to a federal-state initiative to develop a pollution “diet” that will help restore the water quality of the Bay and its tidal waters by 2025.


Verification of Best Management Practices

The implementation, tracking and reporting of Best Management Practices (BMPs) has been at the center of the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership’s restoration efforts for almost three decades. Properly installed and functioning practices and technologies reduce local flooding, protect sources of drinking water, ensure against the collapse of stream banks, and


Watershed Plans and Strategies

Numerous documents describing plans or strategies for water quality and watershed improvements have been developed over the years. Some of these efforts originated through the Tributary Action Team process while others came through other initiatives. All of the documents below can be considered watershed management plans for the Water Quality Improvement Projects grant program offered by


Pollution Control Strategies and Tributary Action Teams

A 1997 federal court case required Delaware to set pollution limits for its waterways. These limits are called Total Maximum Daily Loads or TMDLs, a term you will hear a lot in water pollution discussions. In order to meet these new pollution limits, we are identifying ways to reduce water pollution. Usually, citizens don’t


Total Maximum Daily Loads

When monitoring reveals that waterways do not meet Delaware’s water quality standards, they are reported on a list of impaired waterways (303(d) List). For each impaired waterway, the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires states to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the pollutants of concern. A TMDL sets a limit on the amount


Integrated Report: 305(b) Report and 303(d) List

Section 305(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires that states and other entities prepare and submit a Watershed Assessment Report to EPA on April 1 of every even numbered year. EPA is required to summarize these reports and prepare a report of their own to Congress. The 305(b) reports and monitoring data are used


You Can Help Protect Delaware’s Waterways

There are always things that you can do in your everyday life, no matter where you live, to help protect the waterways that serve as our drinking water sources, habitat for wildlife, and places of recreation. Maintain a Healthy Lawn and Garden A healthy lawn and garden makes a home more


Whole Basin Management

In the 1990s, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control began a different approach to assessing, managing, and protecting Delaware’s natural resources. This approach, known as Whole Basin Management, encourages the various programs from throughout DNREC to work in an integrated manner to assess different geographic areas of the state defined on the


Protecting Our Waterways

There are many things each of us can do to help reduce nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways. Our efforts will not only help protect the environment, but in many cases, when you lend a hand to protect our waterways, you will also find that you’re adding beauty to your yard, saving energy,


Water Quality Monitoring

Delaware’s bays, ponds, streams, and rivers are monitored on a regular basis to assess the quality of Delaware’s surface waters. Much of the monitoring is done by DNREC, though other groups, including federal agencies, academic institutions, and citizen volunteer monitoring programs, also contribute to these efforts.



Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy

The Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy (PCS) and accompanying regulations were finalized in Nov. 2008. This strategy is designed to improve the water quality of the bays (Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, and Little Assawoman Bay), as well as the rivers, streams, and ponds that drain to the bays.
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Surface Water Quality Standards

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Promoting Shellfish Safety

To ensure the safety of Delaware’s shellfish growing areas, it is important that residents and visitors help maintain good water quality and limit pollution while recreating in or near shellfish growing areas.

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Michael Bott Environmental Scientist


Shellfish Plant Inspections

Plant inspections of all shellfish shippers and processors are conducted routinely by certified Shellfish Program staff to ensure compliance with national food safety regulations and those specific to the shellfish industry.

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Andrew Bell Environmental Scientist 302-739-9939


Delaware Shellfish Program

The Delaware Shellfish Program is responsible for protecting public health by minimizing the risk of food borne illness due to the consumption of shellfish.

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Growing Waters Michael Bott Environmental Scientist 302-739-9939 Plant


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Ms. Linda Dressler and Mr. Christopher Randolf have filed an application for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct a third floor addition within the footprint of the existing dwelling on Lot 1, Block 40, Dewey Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mrs. Catharine C. Dorrier has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build an elevator room within the existing porch on Lot 1112 and 910, Block 122, Bethany Beach.


Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook Details

The Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook provides background information on erosion and sedimentation, information on Delaware’s regulatory program and standards and specifications for erosion and sediment control.
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Sediment and Stormwater Newsletter

The Sediment and Stormwater Program offers an email-based newsletter that shares information on permitting, best practices, training opportunities, and more. Send a blank email to join-dnrec_sedstorm_news@lists.state.de.us to sign up for the newsletter. Past Issues
2021 July 2021


Sediment and Stormwater Applications

The Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations require an approved Sediment and Stormwater Management Plan from the department or a delegated agency for regulated land-disturbing activities.

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Bonnie Arvay Sediment and Stormwater Program 302-739-9921



Plan Review, Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Resources

The following are resources from the Sediment and Stormwater Program for sediment and stormwater plan reviews, engineering design, construction activities and maintenance of best management practices.
Compliance Flow Charts Resource Protection Event (RPv) Compliance Flow Chart


Stormwater Watershed Reports

This page contains links to reports on the characteristics of specific Delaware watersheds for use in preparation of sediment and stormwater plans. Appoquinimink Scope of Work Hydrology Report – January 2009 Appendix A – TSDN Documents Appendix B


Training and Certification

The Sediment and Stormwater Program provides several different training opportunities to help those involved in land development and construction projects meet the requirements of the Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations. Note: During the pandemic, training is offered via video conference platforms.

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Sediment and Stormwater

Delaware’s Sediment and Stormwater Management Program operates within the Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Conservation Programs Section. The program employs a comprehensive approach to sediment control (both during and after construction) and stormwater management that includes monitoring of stormwater quantity and water quality control.
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Sediment and Stormwater Delegated Agencies

The following agencies have delegation of Sediment and Stormwater Program elements, consisting of plan review, construction inspection, and maintenance inspection for their geographic boundaries. State Agencies Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Watershed Stewardship Sediment and Stormwater Program 285 Beiser Boulevard, Suite 102 Dover DE


Public Hearing: Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution

The Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a virtual public hearing on proposed revisions to the Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution, Part 2 – Special Conditions for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Grinspoon have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct a single family dwelling with an 11′ cantilevered porch/deck on Lot 50, Block 1, South Bethany.


Floodplain Management

The DNREC floodplain management program works to preserve public health, safety, and well-being and protect property by reducing flood hazard risks statewide.

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David J. Warga, CFM State Floodplain Manager 302-739-9921
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The First State Watermark

An archive of past editions of The First State Watermark, Delaware’s floodplain management newsletter.
July 2021 February 2021 June 2020 January 2020 June 2019 May 2018 June


Resources for Communities

The federal government requires communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to adopt updated floodplain regulatory language to comply with NFIP requirements.

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David J. Warga, CFM State Floodplain Manager 302-739-9921






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