Delaware's wetlands are at risk, and are inadequately protected by state policies. The Delaware Chapter seeks to protect and restore Delaware's wetlands.
February 2, 2012 is World Wetlands Day, which marks the 41st anniversary of the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
Delaware is well-known for its wetlands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that Delaware has 353,878 acres of wetlands.
Wetlands are valued for the many ecosystem services that they provide, including stormwater protection, water quality and wildlife habitat.
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.