EPA is also worried about the loss of wetlands in Delaware
In a letter dated August 30, 2012, EPA Region III Administrator Shawn Garvin expressed his concern about the loss of Delaware's wetland resources. He assured us that the EPA is working in collaboration with DNREC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better understand wetlands loss and to identify ways to prevent future loss. Read his letter.
Garvin's concern is well-founded. Delaware is losing wetlands at a rapid pace. A 2012 report published by DNREC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the dramatic loss of wetlands, summing 3126 acres between 1992 and 2007 alone. Read more about it.
Our Governor, Jack Markell, ran for his position on a platform of environmental protection, including wetlands protections. On February 17, 2008 The News Journal published his campain promise, which include "significant investment of time and political capital," the formation of a "Wetlands Protection Work group" that would "have a mandate to develop recommendations within six months that specifically address how best to protect each category of wetlands in our state," and to initiate a dialogue about wetlands. Read more about it.
More than four years have passed since now Governor Markell made this commitment. How many further wetlands have been lost while this promise to Delaware's voters has been ignored?
Take Action! Contact Governor Markell and remind him that he promised to protect wetlands.
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