Contact Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC showcases coastal and natural resources
on Oct. 6 at Coast Day in Lewes
LEWES (Oct. 1, 2013) –Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 37th year – is the university’s annual end-of-summer event that attracts thousands of people from Delaware and throughout the region.
“Coast Day celebrates Delaware’s coastal resources and brings together partners who are committed to preserving our beaches, waterways, tidal marshes, farmland, upland forests, bay and ocean for future generations,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “These natural treasures provide world-class wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities and are the foundation of Delaware’s $6 billion tourism industry. We are excited to partner with the University of Delaware to promote and protect our Bayshore and Ocean coasts.”
More than 33 environmental displays and exhibits will be showcased in the DNREC tent. Visitors can:
- Explore interactive maps of sea level rise scenarios and see whether homes, businesses and favorite places might be impacted by rising tides.
- Learn about the statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment report.
- View interactive current and proposed FEMA statewide floodplain maps and see whether homes and businesses are impacted by floodplains.
- Discover estuarine habitats and try a hands-on “paint the estuary” activity.
- Learn the latest about building with coastal resilience to help reduce human vulnerability and economic losses from natural hazards.
- Enter the “Thank You Delaware Bay” Art Contest, snap your picture and say why you’re thankful for the Bay.
- Explore the Delaware Bayshore by viewing a video highlighting our precious coastal marshes, farms and forests and learn about the initiative to protect and enhance Bayshore lands.
- Meet with Bayshore community members and learn about the unique and historic towns that make up the Delaware Bayshore.
- Discover items – from turtle shells to shark teeth – that represent creatures found in Cape Henlopen State Park.
- Learn about Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan and how you can improve water quality around your home and in your yard.
- Improve your understanding of Delaware’s wetlands and Inland Bays.
- Find out about the Adopt-A-Wetland program and how you can join.
- Learn how to put renewable energy and energy efficiency to work for you.
- Find out what DNREC is doing to control mosquitos.
- Discover interesting facts about bats, why they are vital to our environment and how bats are being impacted by “White Nose Syndrome.”
- Get the latest info on universal recycling and pick up a composting guide.
- View a septic system display and discuss on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems with experts.
- Learn about Delaware’s geology and touch the fossils of prehistoric creatures that inhabited out state.
- Check out the groundwater model display that shows how groundwater becomes contaminated with harmful pollutants and travels to our streams and rivers.
- Find out how a well works and pulls water from below the ground into our homes.
- Discover the simple steps you can take that will improve the quality of the air that we breathe.
- Learn about the Delaware Trash Stoppers program and what you can do to help stop illegal dumping.
- Check out the award-winning Outdoor Delaware magazine and learn how to access it online.
The DNREC tent, located on the campus between the Smith and Cannon buildings, features the agency’s diverse programs designed to conserve and protect Delaware’s natural resources and encourages public participation through hands-on activities and educational games that appeal to both adults and children. DNREC has exhibited at Coast Day since its inception in 1976.
Vol. 43, No. 383