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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.
There are multiple opportunities for wetland education and field trips in Delaware. They include opportunities within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and among our conservation partners. DNREC Opportunities The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Research Education Center (AREC) offers extensive wetland education materials for teachers, a field
Wetlands protect us against flooding and erosion of our shores.
A collection of wetland health reports from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section. Wetland Publications Library Wetland Health Reports Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring
A collection of long-term wetlands monitoring documents from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section. Wetland Publications Library Wetland Health Reports Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring
Whether your property is in a suburban, urban, or rural landscape you can adopt several watershed and wetland friendly behaviors that will reduce your impact on the waters and land downstream of you. Here are some of the simple changes, and the more dedicated changes, you can make each day
Here is a list of mapping and geospatial data resources related to wetlands in Delaware. Delaware FirstMap NOTE: To view map data while in the map viewer, hover over layers in the Contents section on the left sidebar and select the table icon.
Even with numerous federal and state level protection efforts, many nontidal (e.g., headwater tributaries) and isolated (e.g., flooded forests, seasonal ponds) wetlands are threatened because of gaps in existing regulations or are being impacted illegally due to limited enforcement activity. Legally, wetlands are permitted to be impacted on a small
DNREC and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays host an annual Water Family Fest at the James Farm Ecological Preserve, in Ocean View. The event highlights the work of each organization to improve Delaware’s wetlands, water, and recreational shorelines.
Plants are a key factor for identifying wetlands. The Delaware Wetland Plant Field Guide aims to make distinguishing wetlands easier by providing a transportable plant guide for use by the public, scientists, and practitioners alike.
Alison Rogerson Watershed Assessment
A collection of wetlands education and outreach materials from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section. Wetland Publications Library Wetland Health Reports Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols
Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring
By understanding the health of our wetlands, we also can better understand how to restore them and protect them from actions that cause damage..
Alison Rogerson Delaware Wetlands 302-739-9939
Nearly 30 percent of Delaware is covered in wetlands, offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to explore and enjoy everything wetlands have to offer. Whether it’s visiting one of the nature centers, or taking a hike through a park, wetlands are easily accessible across the state. So grab your friends and family and
The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as Delaware Wetlands, provides quality reports on the status, health and function of Delaware’s wetlands. It collaborates with other government agencies, businesses, non-profits and universities to further wetland research.
Delaware’s Wetlands Status and Trends reports are based on the results of wetland trends analyses performed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) Program for Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Two reports have been published, one in 2001 and another in 2011. The
The Mispillion and Cedar Creek watersheds are located in southeastern Kent County and northeastern Sussex County. In Delaware this watershed includes the cities and towns of Milford, Houston, Lincoln and Slaughter Beach. Wetland Assessment Reports
The Appoquinimink River watershed is located within New Castle County and contains the Towns of Odessa, Middletown and Townsend. It drains into the Delaware Bay, encompassing 58,591 acres of land. Wetland Assessment Reports
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Wetlands provide many important economic, social, and environmental benefits.
The Broadkill River watershed in Sussex County encompasses 68,500 acres within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin. Twenty percent of the watershed is covered in wetlands. Wetland Assessment Reports Wetland Assessments Home
A collection of wetlands videos from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section. All links below will open in YouTube. Wetland Publications Library Wetland Health Reports Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols
Living shorelines are a method of shoreline stabilization and protection for wetlands built using natural materials and native plants. It’s a new way of managing shorelines; below are some of the often-asked questions about living shorelines and answers you can use.
Unique and rare wetland communities surrounding the Inland Bays include Atlantic White Cedar swamps, sea-level fens, and interdunal swales providing habitat for numerous rare plants and animals. Wetland Assessment Reports Wetland Assessments Home
Delaware is a state rich with wetlands that vary from forested vernal ponds, to highly productive salt marshes, to unique Bald Cypress Swamps. As stewards of these great resources it is our responsibility to slow the loss of wetland acreage, improve the health of remaining wetlands and work together to better understand and share with
Located in Kent County, the Murderkill watershed covers 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin. This watershed contains many key natural heritage and wildlife habitats such as coastal plain streams and ponds, impoundments, wetlands and beach dunes. Rare wetland habitats including coastal plain ponds and bald cypress riverine patches are located
Over the past century, Delaware has experienced a sea level rise of more than one foot. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the rate of sea level rise will increase over the next century. This will lead to the loss of coastal wetlands in Delaware.
Located in the Coastal Plain physiographic region, the Nanticoke River watershed historically was very rich in wetland resources which covered an estimated 46 percent of the land area. Wetland Assessment Reports Wetland Assessments Home
The Delaware Wetland Warrior Award is presented to those who have demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands in the areas of outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, or restoration and protection.
Alison Rogerson Delaware Wetlands
A living shoreline is a method of shoreline stabilization and protection for wetlands that is built using natural materials and native plants. They are a habitat friendly alternative to rip rap, bulkhead or stone revetments.
This page contains an archive of materials from past Delaware Delaware Wetlands Conferences. Each year, the conference grows and expand to meet the needs of attendees. Please share your thoughts, or questions, with Alison Rogerson, at 302-739-9939. 2020 Delaware Wetlands Conference – Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware
Located in Kent County, the St. Jones River watershed covers 57,643 acres of the Delaware Bay Basin. The St. Jones River is dammed at Silver Lake in Dover and then winds 10 miles through residential and commercially developed areas, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, before emptying into Delaware
Wetlands purify our water by removing sediments and other pollutants including chemicals. Wetlands also filter and process excess nutrients that may runoff from agricultural and development sites. Wetlands have been called “the kidneys of our watersheds.” Wetlands Purify
The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment program is tasked with the job of assessing the health of Delaware’s wetlands. To complete this task, each summer season a field crew assesses the health of wetlands on a watershed level.
A collection of management plans and monitoring protocols from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section. Wetland Publications Library Wetland Health Reports Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols
Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring
The Christina Watershed is located in New Castle County, extending north and west into Maryland and Pennsylvania. In Delaware this watershed includes the cities and towns of Wilmington, Elsmere, Newark, and Christiana. Wetland Assessment Reports
The Smyrna River watershed encompasses 71 square miles and is composed of three sub-watersheds: Smyrna River, Duck Creek, and Cedar Swamp-Delaware Bay. It is located partially in Kent County and partially in New Castle County. The watershed is within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin, so all of its waters drain into the Delaware Bay.
The Delaware Dam Safety Program works to reduce the risk of failure of dams and to prevent injuries, property damage, and loss of reservoir storage due to dam failure. It oversees the design and construction, operation and maintenance, and inspection of regulated dams in Delaware.
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A collection of common questions, and answers, about the coastal construction regulatory program.
The Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section has a series of maps that show the location of the Building
DNREC’s Adopt-A-Beach program is a partnership between the Department and Delaware volunteers, working in tandem to protect and enhance Delaware’s beaches.
Eddie Meade Environmental Scientist 302-739-9921
Volunteers are the backbone of Delaware’s shoreline stabilization. Every spring since 1990, with the exception of 2020, many dedicated volunteers have stabilized Delaware’s sand dunes by planting more than 5 million stems of Cape American beach grass along ocean and bay beaches.
There are several ways property owners and visitors can preserve and protect beaches and dunes.
Michael Powell Administrator Shoreline and Waterway Management Section 302-739-9921
The Shoreline and Waterway Management Section works to maintain and improve Delaware’s shoreline and waterways.
Shoreline and Waterway Management 302-739-9921
The section manages the shoreline through
Coastal development adds stress to beach systems, especially to dunes. Dunes and beaches are the first lines of protection from wave action for coastal communities during coastal storms. Dunes also act as storage areas that supply sand to the beach during storms.
The Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches (7 DE Admin. Code 5102) establishes a “building line” along the coast and stipulate that no construction may take place seaward of that without a Coastal Construction Permit or Coastal Construction Letter of Approval from the Department. The building line is mapped by the
The sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay shorelines are valuable natural resources to the State of Delaware. The beaches were created by nature and continue to be shaped by wind and waves. The 1972 Beach Preservation Act (7 Del.C. Chapter 68) provides the authority to DNREC to enhance, preserve, and protect the
The water quality of Delaware’s Inland Bays is very important to outdoor recreational activities available for Delawareans and visitors alike. The Assawoman, Indian River and Rehoboth Bays provide a superb venue for fishing, boating, waterskiing and other related outdoor activities. However, like so many natural resources, these areas also suffer from the negative effects of
Approximately 45 percent of all wetlands in the state are located on privately owned lands, with the remaining wetlands found on both state and federal lands. With nearly half of Delaware’s wetlands found on private lands it is important for landowners to recognize the benefits wetlands provide and work towards conserving and preserving them.
DNREC hosts a two-day Delaware Wetlands Conference every two years to explore the importance of wetlands across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Alison Rogerson Delaware Wetlands 302-739-9939
The Leipsic River watershed is composed of two sub-watersheds, Leipsic River and Little Creek, and encompasses 128 square miles. It is located in Kent County within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin, and all of its waters drain into the Delaware Bay. Land cover in this watershed is dominated by wetlands and agriculture. [button-group
The Red Lion watershed is located within New Castle County, where it encompasses 46,283 acres (72 square miles) of land within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin. It is composed of the C&D Canal East, Dragon Creek, Red Lion Creek, Army Creek, and Broad Dike Canal. Approximately 16% of the land area of the watershed
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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