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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 entertained 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.









Why should I adopt a wetland?
Wetlands are one of Delaware’s most important natural resources because of the benefits they provide everyday. They clean the water you drink. They provide habitat for animals like birds, fish, and blue crabs. They even keep you safe during storms by reducing flooding.

To learn more about wetlands and how they help you everyday check out our “ Wetlands 101: the 3 P’s” video on the DENREC YouTube station!

State biologist and resource managers care for and monitor the health of our wetlands, but they need help. As a volunteer for AAW you provide the extra eyes, ears, and hands to watch over and care for this important resource. And it provides you with the chance to explore and enjoy all the wonders that your state has to offer!

For more information contact:
Marlene Mervine , AREC AWW Coordinator, 302-735-8660
Gary Kreamer , AREC Education Coordinator, 302-735-8665



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