January 2019 — Flooding Dock


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Delaware’s coast faces some of its most challenging weather conditions in the winter when nor-easters move through. As sea level rises, Delaware faces more problems with flooding, especially during storms.

To help emergency managers and residents, the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis and the Delaware Geological Survey created a Coastal Flood Monitoring System. Learn more in this month’s Sea Talk, or explore the system’s online at coastal-flood.udel.edu.

Notable Dates:

Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes — From Auburn Valley in Yorklyn to Trap Pond near Laurel, Delaware State Parks are hosting hikes to start your new year off right. Times, trail length, and difficulty vary from park to park, so check the First Day Hikes webpage to find the right option for you.

Jan. 3 — LSA Kick-Off Event for International Year of Indigenous Languages — The United Nations named 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, for which the Linguistic Society of America is an official partner. The LSA will begin its year of events at its annual meeting in New York. Indigenous people are increasingly understood as important stewards of their environment and vital partner in carbon sequestration, discussed in this article from the World Resources Institute.

Jan. 21 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — On this day to remember the contributions of Dr. King, many look for opportunities to give back. Find a project at nationalservice.gov or in your local community. You can also read about how Dr. King raised issues of environmental justice, a decade before the environmental movement started.

Jan. 29 — UNESCO Opening Ceremony for The International Year of the Periodic Table — The United Nations also declared 2019 to be The International Year of the Periodic Table to celebrate the “common language for science” on the 150th anniversary of its creation.

Mark Jolly-Van Bodegraven