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Coastal Training Program


Green Infrastructure for Community Resilience

May 5, 2016 at the St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center

Overview:  On May 5, 2016 the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program hosted the NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s Training: Green Infrastructure for Community Resilience in partnership with the DNREC Division of Energy and Climate and Delaware Sea Grant. 

“Green Infrastructure” incorporates the natural environment and constructed systems that mimic natural processes in an integrated network that benefits nature and people. A green infrastructure approach to community planning helps diverse community members come together to balance environmental and economic goals. 

This training for municipal and local government leaders as well as natural resource managers introduced participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. Through presentations featuring green infrastructure projects from Delaware, group discussions, and exercises, participants learned what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their coastal communities. Local speakers from The Delaware Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the City of Seaford, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and DNREC Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Program, and the City of Laurel’s Ramble project leaders provided expertise on Delaware centric best practices as well as local resources for participants to use for implementation.


Training Notes

Green Infrastructure Resources

Training Photos courtesy of Delaware Sea Grant

Main Presentation:

Lauren Long and Bradley Dean, NOAA Office for Coastal Management Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

Local Speaker Presentations:

Brian Boutin, The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Landscape Conservation in Delaware: Milford Neck Conservation Area

Berley Mears, City of Seaford and Judy Schwartz, George, Miles and Buhr, LLC Washington Street Flood Control & Stormwater Retrofits

Vikram Kishnamurthy, Delaware Center for Horticulture Site Scale Examples in Urban Settings

Brittany Haywood, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program Delaware Living Shorelines

Ed Lewandowski, Delaware Sea Grant and Jules Bruck, University of Delaware Designing to Enhance Community - Integrating Green Infrastructure in Community Level Land Use Planning in Laurel, Del. 


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