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The Green Infrastructure Conservation program in Delaware is a strategic approach to conservation that takes into consideration the ecological, social and economic impacts of growth in the state. It seeks to develop an interconnected network of protected land and water that supports our native plants and animals, maintains natural ecological processes, and sustains our air and water resources.

Pike Creek before restoration

Erosion along New Castle County's Pike Creek created a flood threat and endgangered the area's ecosystems. DNREC's Ecological Restoration Team restored the stream to a more natural state, preserving the creek's ecological balance.

How is a Green Infrastructure Network Created?

An effective Green Infrastructure network is created by engaging people and organizations to work together. Members of the private and public sectors design, plan and implement an interconnected network of protected land and water resources. 

By using inventories and mapping, a Green Infrastructure network is designed and prioritized for conservation action.

Most importantly, the Green Infrastructure network should:

  • Identify important ecological areas prior to development
  • Identify opportunities for restoration and enhancement
  • Recognize and address the needs of people and nature
  • Balance environmental and economic factors in planning
  • Integrate natural resource and growth management activities
  • Ensure that both green infrastructure and development are appropriate
  • Enable conservation practices and development to be planned concurrently

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