Fort DuPont redevelopment plan should consider environment, health and sea level rise
A Master Plan is currently being developed for the redevelopment of state land at Fort DuPont.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club has asked DNREC to include environment, health and sea level rise into the planning process.
We ask that any plans for redevelopment at Fort DuPont State Park, Governor Bacon Health Center, and the complex of state-owned buildings and residences in the Fort DuPont Master Plan, include the following:
- prioritize the concerns of environmental health and contamination at the site in development of a master plan;
- consider the long-range risks of climate change and sea level rise in the decision-making process;
- incorporate the priorities of the Bayshore initiative, which include conservation of valuable wetlands, ecological restoration of habitat areas, and increased opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation; and
- contain appropriate land uses at the site, which do not place future generations at risk from sea level rise and pollution. Appropriate land uses are those resilient to intermittent flooding.
We look forward to reviewing a Master Plan for Fort DuPont that is sensitive to sea level rise, environmental preservation and public health.