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DNREC Secretary David Small


DNREC Secretary David SmallDavid Small serves as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. In this role, he serves as chief steward of Delaware’s environment – protecting and managing Delaware’s nature resources, providing quality outdoor recreation and protecting public health and safety. Sec. Small leads seven DNREC Divisions – Air Quality, Waste and Hazardous Substances, Fish and Wildlife, Parks and Recreation, Water, Watershed Stewardship, and Energy and Climate.

Sec. Small serves as chair of the Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency, leading the state’s effort in preparing for emerging climate impacts. In addition he serves on a number of state boards and commissions including the Delaware Cancer Consortium, Open Space Council, Nutrient Management Commission, Center for the Inland Bays Board, Sustainable Energy Utility Oversight Board, State Water Supply Coordinating Council, Ozone Transport Commission, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program Principals' Staff Committee.

Since joining the administration, Sec. Small has spearheaded a number of policy initiatives that ensure clean water; support safe and sustainable communities; provide cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy; preserve outdoor heritage and promote tourism; improve Delaware’s preparedness through critical infrastructure investments, management and conservation, and support healthy families.

He has played a key role in improving public reporting of environmental information; regulatory and voluntary approaches to improving water quality involving the state’s agriculture industry; establishing the state’s universal recycling program, and updating the Department’s regulatory standards on air and water.

During his 28 years at DNREC, Mr. Small has served six cabinet secretaries, most recently as the Deputy Secretary from 2001 – 2014. Small also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary from 1998 until 2001 having joined the department in 1987 as Chief of the Office of Information and Education.

Sec. Small is a member of the Board of Directors of Wilmington’s Riverfront Development Corporation and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club. He is a past president of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Information and Education Association and a former State of Delaware Employee of the Year. Sec. Small is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and resides with his family in Dover.

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