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We regret to inform you that – due to decreasing federal funding to the Aquatic Resources Education Program under which it operates – support for the Delaware Adopt-a-Wetland (AAW) Program has been suspended until further notice. That means that no new adoptions can be undertaken and existing adopters will not be able to call on AAW support staff as provided in the past. Groups who wish may continue to carry on their good work in stewardship and monitoring of their respective adopted wetland sites (pending ongoing approval from landowners) through their own resources. For further information on this situation, please peruse the attached AAW status FAQs. Please tune into this website periodically for updates on any changes relevant to the future of the Adopt-a-Wetland program.













How do I adopt a wetlands site?
It’s simple, first you should contact the AAW Coordinator Marlene Mervine. After contact has been made, the next step is a presentation to your group to provide more information, answer your questions, and explore potential sites that that would fit your group's needs.

Once a site is decided on, and application packet (downloadable below) is completed and returned to the AAW office the AAW team will decide it your site and plan meet the criteria for the program. If everything is approved you will be provided with a sign to install at the site to show everyone that you adopted the site.

Adoption Steps Checklist

Adopt-a-Wetland Application

For more information contact:

Marlene Mervine, AREC AWW Coordinator, 302-735-8660

Gary Kreamer, AREC Education Coordinator, 302-735-8665


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