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Delaware Coastal Management Program


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The management of Delaware’s coastal resources is shared by a number of entities within DNREC. Among them are the Delaware Coastal Management Program and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR). These programs help to preserve, protect, develop and enhance the state’s coastal resources and resolve conflicts related to coastal zone issues.

Specifically, the Delaware Coastal Management Program:

  • Manages coastal resources through innovative research projects, education and grant programs, and policy development 
  • Administers the Coastal Zone Federal Consistency Certification program
  • Provides special area management planning
  • Provides assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning
  • Offers other special on-the-ground projects related to Delaware's coastal resources
  • Offers technical assistance to communities

Marine Spatial Planning Mapping Portal
The DCP has developed a new web-application to assist in local marine spatial planning efforts.  This tool is designed to provide a centralized location for permitting programs, project planners, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to access spatial data and information on coastal uses and resources. 

The Ocean, River and Bay Planner aims to improve conservation efforts through conflict identification and improved coordination. The Resource and Use Compatibility Matrix is a reference document with additional information to aid in decision-making. 

Ocean Acidification Report Available
Delaware and Ocean Acidification: Preparing for a Changing Ocean (2015) Jean Brodeur - DENIN Environmental Fellow 



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