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Wetland Restoration

Wetland Restoration Guidebooks for Landowners

Restoration Guidebook Cover Page Part I

Restoration Guidebook Cover Page Part II

Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner's Guide (Part I)

 For more information about voluntary wetland restoration programs available to landowners and stories about locals who have participated: Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner's Guide Part 1: Restoration Stories.



Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner's Guide (Part II) 

For more information about restoration techniques and wetland preservation programs that landowners can enroll in:Wetland Restoration in Delaware: A Landowner's Guide Part 2: Resources for Restoration.


Several agencies in DNREC perform wetland habitat restoration and enhancement in partnership with other conservation groups and agencies throughout the state. 

Division of Watershed Stewardship


Channel restoration

Channel Restoration Project


Ecological Restoration and Protection Team

The goal of the Ecological Restoration and Protection Team is to restore and protect streams, drainage ditches, wetlands, and riparian corridors in a coordinated effort to ensure that the maximum level of environmental results are being derived to enhance water quality, provide stream-bank protection and reduce erosion, and establish wildlife habitat.

Wetland and Channel Restoration

The Drainage Program is responsible for over 45 wetland and stream restoration projects, resulting in approximately 180 acres of total restoration and habitat creation. Restoration activities are being put into practice in a variety of locations including: local schools, backyards of private landowners, marginal agricultural fields, and along Tax Ditches.



Division of Fish and Wildlife

Landowners with the Restoration Site

Pre-restoration design and mapping

Pre-restoration design and mapping


Private Lands  Assistance Program 

The Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists devoted to informing landowners about available programs, providing technical assistance in developing habitat projects and securing financial assistance as incentives for participation.

Delaware Landowner Incentive Program (DELIP)

DELIP offers private landowners, particularly agricultural producers, technical and financial incentives to protect, enhance and/or restore habitat to benefit species-at-risk. Although DELIP money targets species-at-risk, habitat work for the target species always translates to benefits for a wide suite of species including many game species.

Phragmites Control Cost-Share Program

The Phragmites Control Cost-Share Program administered by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife consists of aerial spraying of Phragmites australis (an invasive species commonly found throughout Delaware’s wetlands) for three consecutive years with a glyphosate-based aquatic herbicide. The Division of Fish and Wildlife provides matching funds to qualifying landowners. Landowner must have between five and 200 undeveloped acres of Phragmites to be eligible for the program.

The Mosquito Control Section is active in projects to restore and enhance wetlands habitats through the Northern Delaware Rehabilitation Program (NDWRP). NDWRP is a collaborative partnership between DNREC’s Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and other natural resource agencies. These partnerships are working to restore up to 10,000 acres of degraded urban wetlands along the Christina and Lower Delaware River corridor.


Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances

Stabilize wetland stream bank

Stabilizing wetland stream bank at MispillionRiver 

Site Investigation and Restoration Branch
The Site Investigation and Restoration Branch oversees cleanup of sites that were contaminated as a result of past use, from dry cleaners to chemical companies. They receive assistance from the  Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration program (NRDAR). 

Federal Programs

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in restoring wetland hydrology, riparian, grassland and upland forest habitats.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program

The Coastal Program’s habitat conservation efforts are primarily focused on wetland restoration, reforestation and riparian habitat restoration to benefit migratory songbirds and waterfowl in priority areas. Working with a variety of partners, this program offers financial and technical assistance to landowners interested in restoring habitat.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program

A voluntary conservation program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to eligible farmers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation.


Photo by Anthony Jackson

County Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts provide technical and financial assistance to landowners and property managers interested in implementing conservation practices to control soil erosion, improve water quality, manage agricultural and animal waste, enhance stormwater basins and restore wildlife habitat. These practices and cost-share rates vary by district. For more detailed information please contact the Conservation District in your county.

New Castle Conservation District
Kent Conservation District
Sussex Conservation District

Ducks Unlimited

DU and its full complement of staff provide comprehensive wetland conservation services including protection, restoration, enhancement, and technical assistance. A unique component of DU is the integrated team effort between biologists and engineers, who combine their respective professions to deliver the complete package from planning and design to contracting, construction and monitoring. Habitat Stewardship Program Brochure

Representatives from several of the agencies above have worked together to develop a restoration plan for the Nanticoke Watershed. More information about the initiative can be found on the Nanticoke Watershed page.

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