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Surf Zone Safety

Enjoy your day in the water by taking safety precautions and understanding the power of the ocean.Read more

2017 Delaware Sea Grant Annual Report

Delaware Sea Grant's annual report for 2017 features stories and infographics on work the program does in each of its four focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, resilient communities and economies, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and environmental literacy and workforce development....Read more

Coastal Delaware Resiliency Report-Response, recovery and adaptation by the tourism industry to natural hazards and climate change

The Delaware Tourism Resiliency report outlines ways the tourism industry can prepare for flooding and other associated effects of climate change. The 29-page document, is a collaborative effort between DESG and UD’s Sustainable Coastal Community Initiative. The report, available in a...Read more

2016 Delaware Sea Grant Annual Report

The Delaware Sea Grant College Program’s 2016 edition of the Reporter newsletter highlights the many ways that Sea Grant scientists are serving the Delaware coast.  Published annually, Reporter encourages readers to become informed, get involved and stay connected through the...Read more

2015 Delaware Sea Grant Annual Report

The Delaware Sea Grant College Program’s 2015 edition of the Reporter newsletter highlights the many ways that Sea Grant scientists are serving the Delaware coast.  Published annually, Reporter encourages readers to become informed, get involved and stay connected through the...Read more

Natural Hazard and Climate Change Adaptation Tool Kit for Delaware Communities

Delaware communities are susceptible to a variety of natural hazards. Additionally, communities face an increasing degree of uncertainty related to the impacts that future climatic conditions may have on their areas.  This toolkit was developed to assist communities in identifying planning,...Read more

Saving the Horseshoe Crab: Designing a More Sustainable Bait for Regional Eel and Conch Fisheries

For years, commercial eel and whelk fishers have dealt with a dilemma: They know the best bait to attract eel and whelk, locally known as conch, is a female horseshoe crab. However, harvest limits are in place to protect the Delaware Bay’s horseshoe crab population and the threatened migratory shorebirds that depend on their eggs as a food source. A new alternative bait was developed by Delaware Sea Grant and many partners to help reduce the number of horseshoe crabs harvested from Delaware Bay.Read more

Delaware Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards

More than 80 major storms have threatened Delaware’s coast over the past three decades, putting lives and property at risk. The resource guides residents on practical measures that can keep them safe and minimize damage to homes and property.

A PDF download is available. Hard copies are available upon request from the Environmental Public Education Office.Read more

The Contribution of the Coastal Economy to the State of Delaware

Economic activity along Delaware’s coast generates $6.9 billion annually, supporting 59,000 jobs and $711 million in tax revenue. The coastal economy provides more than 10 percent of the state’s total employment, taxes, and business production. As the area's population continues to grow, this report serves as a baseline to monitor coastal development over time as economic conditions change.Read more

Damage-Resistant Practices for Designing Septic Systems in Coastal High Hazard Areas

Septic systems along sections of the Delaware shoreline can leach wastewater into coastal waters if they’re not properly located, constructed, and maintained.

Failed septic systems can lead to pollution and public health concerns through the release of untreated waste into adjacent coastal and marine environments, resulting in contaminated bay water, bottom sediments, shellfish beds, and beaches.

Special design criteria must be used to protect septic systems in areas vulnerable to high-velocity flooding, wave action, erosion, and storm damage.Read more

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