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Coastal Storms, Wetlands & You
Written on: March 14th, 2016 in Outreach
Winter storms and nor-easters brought excess rainfall, rough seas, and unseasonably high tides to Delaware this winter, highlighting the value of nature’s first line of defense against coastal storms; wetlands. Up and down Delaware’s coast, roadways were made impassable due to rising seas, buildings were battered by winds and water, and dunes and boardwalks were washed away by angry waves.
But don’t’ fret, there is hope in minimizing the effects of storms on your property: Protect, Preserve and Restore
Wetlands! Wetlands have the innate ability to store flood waters, buffer storm surges, and prevent erosion. Did you know that peak floods can be reduced up to 60% in watersheds that contain 15% wetlands(NOAA Digital Coast
There are multiple things you can do to protect and preserve wetlands:
- Plant native species of trees, shrubs and flowers. For help with plant selection please visit the University of Delaware Cooperative Exentsion
- Use living shoreline techniques to stabilize your shoreline instead of hardened structures.
- Avoid wetlands if you are building structures or landscaping
- Volunteer with a local group to help maintain wetlands. For example: Beach Grass Planting – March 19, Jennifer.Luoma@state.de.us
- Pick up all litter and dispose or recycle in appropriate trash containers
- Report illegal activities such as filling, clearing, or dumping in a wetland to the DNREC complaint hotline 1-800-662-8802
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