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Great things come naturally in Laurel, Delaware: Wetlands and bioswales

Written on: March 11th, 2019 in Wetland Restorations

Guest writer: Jules Bruck, University of Delaware Great things come naturally in Laurel, Delaware including the new green infrastructure treatments that are popping up along the Broad Creek – home to the future Laurel Ramble. This past summer the Sussex County Conservation District broke ground on a parcel of land in the center of the […]


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SAV, What Is It And Why Should I Care?

Written on: November 27th, 2018 in Wetland Restorations

By Michael Bott, DNREC Watershed Assessment and Management Section Have you ever wondered why there is so much submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), also called seagrass, in the tidal waters of Virginia and Maryland but not in Delaware?  This is a question many researchers and regulators in the state have been trying to solve and this year […]


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The Delaware Watershed Resources Registry: An Online Geospatial Planning Tool

Written on: May 18th, 2018 in Wetland Restorations

by Mark Biddle, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program In our everyday lives, we are always looking to find efficiency with our time and make tasks easier. If you were planning a project, how would you feel if 30-40 percent of pre-project planning was already done for you? You would likely say, “Yes, please!” Well […]


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Prime Hook NWR Marsh Restoration – Early Evidence of Success

Written on: December 11th, 2017 in Wetland Restorations

Guest Writer: Susan Guiteras, USFWS Project history If you have an interest in Delaware wetlands, chances are you’ve heard about the management challenges and subsequent tidal marsh restoration at Prime Hook NWR, near Milton. For many years, two large areas encompassing about 4000 acres of the refuge were managed as freshwater impoundments. Beginning in 2006 […]


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NVF-Yorklyn Cleanup and Redevelopment – an unprecedented partnership

Written on: September 13th, 2017 in Wetland Restorations

Guest Writer: John G. Cargill, IV, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship/Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances The National Vulcanized Fiber (NVF) plant located in Yorklyn, Delaware has a rich history with humble beginnings in grist, snuff, lumber, and cotton. By the mid 1800s, production in the valley shifted to paper, and by the early 1900s […]


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Re-Engineering Nature in Delaware Tax Ditches

Written on: May 22nd, 2017 in Wetland Restorations

Guest Writer: Melissa Hubert, DNREC’s Drainage Program Fun fact, did you know that there are 234 tax ditch organizations scattered across Delaware that provide water management services to over 100,000 residents and nearly half of the state-maintained roads? These watershed based organizations are responsible for maintaining over 2,000 miles of ditch channel to ensure the […]


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Making the Great Cypress Swamp Great Again

Written on: March 16th, 2017 in Wetland Restorations

Guest Writer: Andrew Martin, Field Ecologist, Delaware Wild Lands The Great Cypress Swamp once covered nearly 60,000 acres. Although a long history of ditching and draining for agriculture and development has reduced its vast expanse, the Swamp remains Delmarva Peninsula’s largest contiguous forest and largest freshwater wetland. For the last 50 years, Delaware Wild Lands […]


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Prime Hook Then and Now: A Restoration Story

Written on: September 7th, 2016 in Wetland Restorations

*Updated 9/12/16 A hot topic for scientists and residents of Milton as of late, has been the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Marsh Restoration project. This Refuge had multiple breaches in its freshwater impoundments where saltwater from the Delaware Bay cut its way through the dunes. The breaches caused significant flooding; massive vegetation die offs, […]


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Prime Hook Marsh Restoration Project

Written on: July 15th, 2015 in Wetland Restorations

In June of this year, one of the largest marsh restoration projects on the east coast began at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge located in Milton, Delaware. This $38 million project, which focuses on building storm and sea level rise resiliency back into the natural landscape and creating habitat for birds, will repair breached marshes […]


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