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Poking Around the Pocomoke

Written on: July 13th, 2022 in Wetland Assessments

By Brittney Flatten, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section This summer, the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program (WMAP) team is doing wetland condition assessments in the Pocomoke River watershed. During an assessment, scientists look at soil quality, rate sources of water, evaluate the plant community, and identify stressors in or around the wetland. These observations […]


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Planning a Brighter Future for the Wetlands of Delaware’s Inland Bays

Written on: May 25th, 2022 in Wetland AssessmentsWetland Restorations

By Erin Dorset, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife The Inland Bays are a beautiful and beloved part of Delaware, containing about 20% of the state’s wetlands. Those wetlands are important economically, culturally, and ecologically, as they improve water quality, support commercial and recreational fisheries, support tourism, absorb flood waters, and provide crucial feeding and […]


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A Summer Exploring the Brandywine

Written on: May 25th, 2022 in Wetland Assessments

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program The summer of 2019 was like most for the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program field crew. Similar to summers before it since 2000, we had a selected watershed to focus on and call ‘office’ for the growing season. Field crews spend the summer visiting randomly selected wetland […]


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Status and Trends: Wetland Changes

Written on: March 16th, 2022 in Wetland Assessments

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program By now, you may have read through our previous Status and Trends blog posts focused on current acreage, or status, of wetlands, as well as trends such as gains and losses. There is still one trends category to dive into: changes. This is probably the most difficult […]


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Status and Trends: Wetland Losses 2007-2017

Written on: December 14th, 2021 in Wetland Assessments

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program In this fourth installment reviewing the results of DNREC’s ten year wetland mapping update and Status and Trends analysis, we’re digging up the dirt on wetland losses. This is likely the wetland topic with the most sensitivity. People who value wetlands are upset that they are being […]


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Stream Assessments 101

Written on: December 8th, 2021 in Wetland Assessments

By Brittney Flaten, Watershed Management and Assessment Section Before I started at DNREC, I worked in Maryland conducting stream health assessments. When I joined the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program (WMAP) I was excited to learn that the team was working on a new stream assessment protocol. Let’s look at what a stream assessment is, […]


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Status and Trends: Wetland Gains 2007-2017

Written on: September 15th, 2021 in Wetland AssessmentsWetland Restorations

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program Back in July we explored the status and trends of stormwater ponds in Delaware. This time around we’re digging into how and where Delaware ‘gained’ wetlands between 2007 and 2017, according to DNREC’s recent Statewide Wetland Mapping Project (SWMP) update. How does one gain a wetland? Where […]


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Status and Trends: Stormwater Ponds

Written on: May 27th, 2021 in Wetland Assessments

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program (WMAP) In March we shared some results about the status of wetland acreage in Delaware between 2007 and 2017. This time we’re taking a closer look at the increasing number of stormwater ponds popping up across the state. Is this a good trend or something to be […]


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Chesapeake Adventures: Exploring Wetland Condition in the Chester-Choptank Watershed

Written on: May 17th, 2021 in Wetland Assessments

By Erin Dorset, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program (WMAP) Here at the Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program (WMAP), most fieldwork is done in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays drainage basins, where waters move east to the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. But, in 2018, WMAP had the opportunity to perform wetland assessments in […]


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Updating the Delaware Wetland Program Plan for 2021-2025

Written on: March 22nd, 2021 in Wetland Assessments

By Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program (WMAP) What is a state wetland program plan? Delaware creates five-year wetland program plans to serve as a guide that identifies and prioritizes areas where information or action is needed to advance wetland management statewide. It is created using the goals of many different wetland players across […]


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