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DNREC showcases coastal and natural resources Oct. 7 at Coast Day in Lewes
LEWES (Oct. 3, 2012) –Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 36th 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 ccean 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 35 displays and exhibits will be showcased in the DNREC tent. Visitors can:
Learn about the newly released statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment report.
View interactive maps of sea level rise scenarios and see whether homes, businesses and favorite places might be impacted by rising tides.
Explore estuarine habitats and try a hands-on “paint the estuary” activity.
Discover items – from turtle shells to shark teeth – that represent creatures found in Cape Henlopen State Park.
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.
Discover Delaware’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative that creates an interconnected network of trails and pathways that support non-motorized travel and recreation opportunities.
Improve your understanding of Delaware’s wetlands and inland bays.
See how private lands restoration and Adopt-A-Wetland Programs are positively impacting Delaware’s environment
Learn how to put renewable energy and energy efficiency to work for you.
Understand what we’re doing to control mosquitos and how bats are being impacted by “White Noise 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.
Find out what you can do to improve the quality of the air that we breathe.
Learn about the Delaware Septic Loan Rehabilitation Program that assists homeowners with the costs of repairing or replacing septic systems.
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. 42, No. 382