Wetlands Advisory Committee
We're in Dover, Delaware this morning at the Wetlands Advisory Committee meeting. Unfortunately, despite our comments in favor of giving DNREC the authority to protect Delaware's most vulnerable, or "category one" non-tidal freshwater #wetlands, the committee failed to approve the recommendations.
10/27 voted against the measure, realtors, developers, Sussex County Council, town of Seaford, farm groups, DE Forestry Council & 2 legislators. We are very pleased and thankful that all state agencies, including DNREC, DelDot and DE Department of Agriculture voted in favor.
The committee did however approve other recommendations to add incentives for landowners to not develop these wetlands.
Despite covering a very small area of land in Delaware, these wetlands--which are currently considered "isolated" and therefore not protected--are hotspots of biodiversity and offer habitat for a huge number of rare & threatened species. As one Delaware Sierran, Phil Shuman noted in his comments, these wetlands are particularly critical and once they are lost it is virtually impossible to go back.