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Purify. Provide. Protect.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control oversees several divisions and their programs that work together to restore, monitor and protect Delaware's wetlands, while educating the public about the importance of the state's wetlands. These agencies work with other state partners, federal programs and non-profit conservation organizations to synergize efforts that will benefit wetlands.


  • Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara have proposed Clean Water for Delaware’s Future – a comprehensive upgrade plan for protecting public health and cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams within a generation, while creating jobs and strengthening Delaware’s economy. To learn more visit
  • Thank you for another great wetlands conference! To view conference presentations visit the conference website.
  • Information on the Wetland Advisory Committee formed by Senate Bill 78.


Learn about Our Wetlands and Educational Resources

Working to Restore and Protect Delaware's Wetlands

Wetland Research and Long-Term Goals

FAQs, Laws for Living and Working Around Wetlands

Volunteer Opportunities, Things You Can Do at Home

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Outdoor Delaware

The Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetland Inventory relased their latest Status and Trends Report on Coastal Wetlands. The report found that the Delaware Bay was experiencing most of the wetland loss along the Atlantic caost from 2004 to 2009. Visit their website for more information.

Recent report shows Delaware continues to lose valuable wetlands despite conservation efforts- Delaware Wetlands: Status and Changes from 1992-2007

Check out our newest Watershed Story published March 2013

Get Involved Today

Congratulations to Professor Terry Higgins, our 2013 Delaware Wetland Warrior Recipient!

Wetland Public Participation Guidebook Learn how you can work to protect wetlands! The guidebook highlights the value of wetlands, Delaware's wetland health and loss, regulations, and how the public can participate in decisions that affect wetlands especially relating to land use.

Just for Fun

Check out our Enjoy Wetlands page!  Explore opportunities around the state to have some fun and make an impact! 

New Delaware Wetlands Coloring Page featuring "Salty" the hard working wetland!


To view a short video documenting our latest Living Shorleine project being done in collaboration with the Partnership of the Delaware Estuary visit the Delaware DNREC YouTube Channel or click here!

If you ever wondered how we complete our assessments, check out our video on YouTube: Assessing Wetlands

Wetlands 101 video series: What is a wetland?, The 3 P's and Wetlands and Sea Level Rise.

Working for Wetlands -Delaware's wetlands are some of the most unique and beautiful habitats on the Delmarva peninsula. This video introduces viewers to these special places, and the dedicated volunteers committed to protecting and preserving them.

Purify, Provide, and Protect- Covers why Delaware's wetlands are important and how we can work together to protect them!  The video was created in partnership with the Delaware Nature Society.  Check out their wetlands page.


Contact information:  Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program
(302) 739-9939
The Delaware Wetlands site is intended to direct the public and biologists to DNREC's wetland programs
and resources available through our conservation partners.  We have made an effort to represent pertinent programs. 
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