Contact: Kiri Rowan, Delaware Nature Society, 302-239-2334, ext. 121; or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC, conservation partnership to launch
Delaware’s 2nd annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week
MILFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – DNREC Secretary David Small will join the Delaware Nature Society and 19 other organizations that comprise the conservation partnership S.O.S. Delaware for a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 to announce Delaware’s second annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week (Sept. 13-20) and to share information about sea level rise and its impact on Delaware. The event will be held at DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, and the public is welcome to attend.
At last year’s Sea Level Rise Awareness Week press conference, Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order 41 to help Delaware reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate impacts. In September 2013, Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Awareness Committee and DNREC developed 55 recommendations for improving Delaware’s preparedness for a rising sea level.
“Since Governor Markell signed EO 41 last year, DNREC and other state agencies have led the way to prepare for sea level rise and climate change in Delaware,” said Secretary Small. “However, we can’t do it alone. Partnerships with local governments and the environmental community as well as citizen action are incredibly important to making meaningful changes in the way that we conserve land, develop property and provide infrastructure to make our state more resilient.”
In addition to Secretary Small, speakers at the press conference will include: Slaughter Beach Council member Kathy Lock, Lisa Wool of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Jen Volk of UD Cooperative Extension, and Chris Bason of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays.
The theme of this year’s Sea Level Rise Awareness Week is adapting to sea level rise through green and natural solutions. This year’s press conference will delve into what local communities and environmental organizations have done to address some of those recommendations, highlight projects to improve Delaware’s resiliency to a rising sea level, and encourage Delawareans to take action to adapt to a changing climate.
With the lowest average land elevation in the U.S. at only 60 feet above sea level, and 381 miles of shoreline, coastal communities in Delaware are already experiencing the impacts of sea level rise. In response, 20 conservation organizations and community groups joined together as S.O.S. Delaware to raise public awareness about sea level rise and its impact on Delaware. A calendar of events, a variety of resources, and links to all of the organizations sponsoring Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week can be found at www.SOSDelaware.org.
The 20 sponsors of Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week are:
American Birding Association
Clean Air Council
Blue Blaze Associates
Delaware Audubon Society
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Delaware Center for Inland Bays
Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light
Delaware Nature Society
Delaware Wild Lands
Delmarva Ornithological Society
League of Women Voters, Delaware Chapter
Inland Bays Foundation
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, Delaware Chapter
Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Vol. 44, No. 309