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"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." 
                                            ~Aldo Leoplod, A Sand County Almanac


Approximately 45 percent of all wetlands in the state are located on privately owned lands, with the remaining wetlands found on both state and federal lands. With nearly half of Delaware's wetlands found on private lands it is important for landowners to recognize the benefits wetlands provide and work towards conserving and preserving them.

To increase the ease of protection, there are many voluntary programs available to landowners that offer monetary rewards for conserving and preserving their lands. To learn more check out the documents below that outline the programs currently available in Delaware:

DNREC Programs

State Level Programs

Federal Level Programs

Non-Profit Organizations Programs



Channel Restoration Project


Bill and Roseanne Battista with their "backyard" wetland, learn more about their story in "Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner's Guide Part 1"

Some additional helpful information for landowners can be found in these Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control booklets:

Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner’s Guide Part 1 (Restoration Stories)

Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner’s Guide Part 2 (Resources for Restoration)

Land Use Decision Making and Wetland Protection: A Guidebook for Public Participation


If you know of another program that could be listed here please contact:

Alison Rogerson 
Watershed Assessment  

Delaware Wetlands Home


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