The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club asks the General Assembly to restore the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program funds to $10 million. The Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program provides a valuable service in preserving habitat and biodiversity, protecting our communities from flooding and improving water quality by conserving groundwater retention areas and wetlands that absorb stormwater and provide a buffer from storms.
Delaware's wetlands are at risk, and are inadequately protected by state policies. The Delaware Chapter seeks to protect and restore Delaware's wetlands.
Delaware experienced dramatic increases in stream levels throughout the state. In some cases, rivers exceeded flood stage. The graphs below are from the U.S. Geological Survey's stream gauges.
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.