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Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC)


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Community Involvement  Advisory Council

The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) and the Community Ombudsman work to increase the flow of information between Delaware communities and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; to CIAC Header Graphicincrease community participation; and to 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 and background information 

2016 CEPF Application

CEPF Reimbursement Form 

CEPF Project Report Form

Available penalty resources

2016 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 Nicole Bixby, 302-739-9959, or 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 University
  • 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 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 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.  

Upcoming meetings:

Recent meetings:

October 6, 2016

August 4, 2016

June 2, 2016

April 7, 2016

Feb. 16, 2016

Dec. 15, 2015

Oct. 20, 2015

Sept. 15, 2015

June 16, 2015

April 21, 2015

Feb. 24, 2015 

 Meeting Archives 


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