- DNREC Secretary:
- Deputy Secretary:
Kara S. Coats
- Executive Secretary
- Delaware Coastal Programs
Sarah W. Cooksey
- Financial Assistance Branch
- Human Resources Manager:
- Community Ombudsman:
- Public Affairs Chief:
Carol A. Riggs
he Office of the Secretary provides overall direction, management and policy, as well as central administrative functions including human resources, financial management, information and systems management, business and permitting assistance and public information and education.
Specific programs include:
- Policy development and program coordination
- Management and administration
- Fiscal support and management
- Coastal resources management and protection
- Legal advice and representation
- Coordination of special public events
- Information and systems management
- Volunteer services coordination
Coastal Zone Act Program regulates existing heavy industrial activities, along with new and existing manufacturing activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone through a Status Decision and Permit process.
Delaware Coastal Programs manages, protects and monitors the state's coastal resources through the administration of the Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP), Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) and the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). This includes managing coastal resources through innovative research projects, education and outreach efforts, grant programs and policy development; administering the Coastal Zone Federal Consistency Certification program; providing special area management planning and assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning; conducting special on-the-ground projects related to Delaware’s coastal resources to promote informed decision-making; managing over 6,000 acres in designated size, one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country.
Financial Assistance Branch administers the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, making funding available to municipalities, private organizations, nonprofit organizations and private individuals. The Financial Assistance Branch provides planning, engineering and financial assistance in the form of low-interest loans, as well as grants to eligible applicants that request assistance to promote water quality projects, including all types of nonpoint source, watershed protection, restoration and estuary management projects, as well as more traditional municipal wastewater treatment projects.
Human Resources Office provides applicant services, through recruitment selection and position management, and coordinating benefit services for DNREC staff are two primary functions of this group.
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Land Use Planning staff are responsible for coordination of Land Use Planning Act and interacting with local and county governments and other state agencies on a full range of land use planning issues.
Public Affairs Section is responsible for media relations, responding to public requests for information, maintaining DNREC's website and the websites from the respective divisions that fall under DNREC's aegis. Public Affairs coordinates volunteer activities such as the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup and provides outreach for events such as Coast Day and the Delaware State Fair. Public Affairs also is charged with the quarterly publication of DNREC's award-winning magazine, Outdoor Delaware.
Regulatory Advisory Service assists in identifying which environmental regulations might relate to a proposed or existing project. The staff can also answer other questions about DNREC's regulations or programs.
The Small Business Assistance Program is a free non-regulatory program available to small businesses in Delaware to answer questions and provide assistance with environmental permitting and compliance issues.