DNREC showcases coastal resources Oct. 6 at Coast Day in Lewes
Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Coast Day education tent, 11 a.m. to 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency 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; and learn about the latest beach nourishment projects underway to protect the local shoreline.
Those who attend can also enter the Thank You Delaware Bay Art Contest, snap their pictures and say why they're thankful for the bay.
Also featured is a video highlighting precious coastal marshes, farms and forests. Viewers can learn about the initiative to protect and enhance Delaware Bayshore lands.
Visitors can learn about Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan and how they can improve water quality around the home and in the yard. They can also improve their understanding of Delaware’s wetlands and how they purify water, provide habitat for animals, and help protect people and property. Information about Adopt-A-Wetland will be available as well as information on DNREC's efforts to control mosquitos.
Other hands-on exhibits include samples of fossils, a groundwater display, and more.
The DNREC tent 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. For more information go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov.