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.
Delaware's wetlands are at risk, and are inadequately protected by state policies. The Delaware Chapter seeks to protect and restore Delaware's wetlands.
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 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.