The Division of Soil & Water Conservation's Shoreline and Waterway Management Section regulates coastal construction along with dune and beach protection and conservation practices. The section also works to protect and enhance eroded beaches, bolstering the state’s capability for enduring coastal storms.
Specifically, Shoreline and Waterway Management:
- Regulates coastal construction through programs and permit requirements for construction in beach areas.
- Protects and enhances Delaware's beaches using science-based dune and beach management practices that include: nourishing eroding beaches, planting beach grass to promote dune growth and fencing dunes to protect them from pedestrian traffic.
- Administers the Adopt-A-Beach Program.
- Bolsters the state’s capability to endure severe coastal storms with minimal damage to public and private property as well as infrastructure.