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Community Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC)


Community Involvement  Advisory Committee

The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) and the Community Ombudsman work to increase the flow of information between communities and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; CIAC Header Graphicincrease community participation; and facilitate dialogue among all stakeholders during the decision-making process. 

The CIAC was established (through 29 Del. Code Section 8016 A) as a permanent council serving in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Signed into law by Governor Ruth Ann Minner in July 2001, the legislation charged the CIAC with interacting between DNREC and Delaware communities. The Community Ombudsman position was also authorized by the same legislation.

The intent of the legislation is that both the CIAC and the Community Ombudsman work to ensure that no community in the state is disparately affected by environmental impacts.

Additional Documents & Background Information 

2014 CEPF Application

CEPF Reimbursement Form 

CEPF Project Report Form

Available penalty resources

2014 Community Environmental Project Fund Penalty Deposit Spreadsheet

Original Report (2001) of the Community Involvement Advisory Committee

HB 192 Community Environmental Project Fund

Community Ombudsman: James Brunswick, 302-395-2500, or by email:

Administrative Support: Please direct all questions or comments for CIAC members to Gail Henderson, 302-739-9038, or by email:

Application to serve on the CIAC (Number 0350):

    Council Members

  • Robert Frederick, Former Mayor, Dewey Beach
  • Dr.Jay Julis, Biology and Environmental Science, Wilmington College
  • Pamela Meitner, Esq.
  • Vice Chair: La Vaida Owens-White, RN, MSN, Faith Community Nurse, Christiana Care
  • Chair: William E. Pelham, A.I.A., Architect
  • Marvin Thomas, New Millennium CDC
  • Harold Truxon, Ellendale, Sussex County
  • Joseph Farrell, University of Delaware, Marine Studies



CIAC Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, the CIAC meets every other month in Smyrna at the Smyrna Rest Area Conference Room. The public is welcome to attend. For upcoming or past topics of discussion, refer to the meeting agendas and meeting notes. All 2012 meetings take place Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  

Upcoming meetings

December 2, 2014

Recent meetings

August 19, 2014

June 24, 2014

April 15, 2014

February 24, 2014

 December 19, 2013

October 15, 2013

September 17, 2013

 June 18, 2013 

April 16, 2013

February 19, 2013

December 4, 2012

October 16, 2012

August 21, 2012

June 19, 2012

May 8, 2012

April 17, 2012 

February 21, 2012

December 6, 2011

October 18, 2011

August 16, 2011

Meeting Archives 


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