Conserving Delaware's beautiful open spaces and natural areas is vital to the quality of life we enjoy in Delaware. Green Infrastructure Conservation helps protect the ecological vitality found in each region of the state, including our forests, wetlands, beach and dune habitats, parks, greenways, and agricultural lands.
Green Infrastructure Conservation preserves the state’s biodiversity and functional ecosystems, protects native plant and animal species, improves air and water quality, prevents flooding, lessens the disruption to natural landscapes, provides opportunities for profitable farming and forestry enterprises, limits invasive species, and fosters eco-tourism in the state.
In addition to maintaining a healthy ecosystem, Green Infrastructure is important to our health and well-being. Beautiful parks, greenways and trails, wildlife reserves, and managed and working lands provide our state with a landscape that offers scenic views, as well as education, recreation and relaxation opportunities.
Green Infrastructure projects are being completed everyday in Delaware. The benefits to our state are extensive. For instance, wetland restoration enhances our environment by adding flood control, buffers around stream corridors, noise attenuation, visual enrichment, and opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education.
Green Infrastructure planning establishes a framework for coordinating conservation efforts. It incorporates the latest scientific knowledge and tools, ecological assessment and environmental values in state planning and land use decisions.
This wetland at Christ-the-Teacher school near Glasgow was designed to improve water quality by directing surface water runoff from the school's parking lots, building, roadways, and athletic fields through the wetlands before entering the storm water basin and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Building a Green Infrastructure system in our state is an investment in our future. Without a Green Infrastructure, our state will lose much of its important natural resource land. We encourage you to learn more about Green Infrastructure Conservation and join our efforts to ensure a natural legacy for future generations. [more info]
What is Green Infrastructure?
Green Infrastructure is Delaware’s natural life support system of parks and preserves, woodlands and wildlife areas, wetlands and waterways, productive agricultural and forest land, greenways, cultural, historical, and recreational sites and other natural areas, all with conservation value.
As part of Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s “Livable Delaware” initiative, the Green Infrastructure Committee was created under Governor Minner’s Executive Order No. 61. The Governor’s Order requires state spending, development, and land transfers to include a review ensuring preservation of Delaware’s Green Infrastructure. [more info]