While running for Governor in 2008, Jack Markell made a bold statement about actions that he would take to protect freshwater wetlands, including "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.
Delaware's wetlands are at risk, and are inadequately protected by state policies. The Delaware Chapter seeks to protect and restore Delaware's wetlands.
At the February 28, 2012 Delaware Wetlands Conference in Dover, and in the February report Delaware's Wetlands: Status and Changes (1992 - 2007), the current status of wetlands was described: one of dramatic decline. In the past 15 years, Delaware has lost 3,126 acres of wetlands. The primary causes of wetlands loss are residential development and conversion to agriculture. Most of the wetlands that were lost, 83%, were in Sussex County.