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Wetland Plant Adaptations

Written on: September 12th, 2018 in Outreach

by Erin Dorset, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Wetland plants live a tough life. They are often under water for significant periods of time, meaning that they are frequently deprived of oxygen. Wetland plants also need to remain stable in the soil if they deal with fast moving water that ebbs and flows. Those that […]


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Microplastics: Where will they end up next?

Written on: September 12th, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

Guest Writer: Nicole Rodi, Delaware Coastal Programs Ahh the average morning routine- drinking some coffee, making lunch, brushing your teeth, and washing your face- unknowingly rubbing tiny pieces of plastic on your face, and teeth! Fortunately, due to the Microbead Free Waters Act there is a ban on microbeads in tooth paste and facewash, but […]


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Just How Shellfish Are Freshwater Mussels?

Written on: September 11th, 2018 in Wetland Animals

Guest Writer: Kurt Cheng, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Upon hearing the term “freshwater mussel”, what do you think of? Is it that tasty seafood restaurant that serves them in white wine or steamed with garlic and parsley? If so, you’re probably not alone. But what if I told you we don’t eat freshwater mussels? […]


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Marsh Crab Investigation

Written on: May 18th, 2018 in Wetland Animals

Guest Writer: Kari St.Laurent, DNREC-Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Have you even been to a salt marsh and noticed that the river banks at low tide look like Swiss cheese? Marsh crabs create burrows in various shapes and sizes in the sediment to serve as refuges during high tide, at night, and sometimes even in […]


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Watching the Tide Come In: Environmental Thermography Meets Tidal Wetland Hydrology

Written on: May 18th, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

by Tom McKenna, Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware Working in tidal wetlands, we all know to watch the tide both for safety, sampling, and science reasons. But what do we really know about how tidal wetlands are inundated? The dynamics of the ebbing and flooding tide in deep (> 1 meter) tidal channels is […]


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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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The Dynamic Nature of Delaware’s Seasonal Freshwater Wetlands

Written on: May 18th, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

by Erin Dorset, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program Are wetlands always wet? In some ways, wetlands are self-explanatory: lands that are wet. But oftentimes, it’s not so simple. Some wetlands are wet for the entire year and always have water on the surface or are very damp. Those wetlands are pretty easy to identify. […]


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When Saltwater Intrusion Meets Freshwater Wetlands…

Written on: March 7th, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

by Erin Dorset, DNREC Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program As you might imagine, sea level rise can increase water levels and cause more flooding. As that happens, salt water starts to move further inland. It may start to creep into freshwater areas through a process called saltwater intrusion. Higher waters can endanger coastal communities, while […]


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Changing Perceptions: What’s your definition of a beautiful landscape?

Written on: March 7th, 2018 in Outreach

by Brittany Haywood, DNREC Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program What is your version of a naturally beautiful area? Is it this? Or is it this? We as humans tend to want things orderly and precise, I know I do. But when it comes to natural environments, nature has a way of organizing itself. It can […]


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Well Monitoring: Can riverine wetlands reduce downstream flooding?

Written on: March 7th, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

By Kenny Smith, DNREC, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Wetlands provide many vital benefits to the State of Delaware, like habitat for all kinds of plants and animals, improved water quality, and erosion control. Another benefit that wetlands provide is flood control. Wetlands have the ability to collect and store storm waters and lessen flooding […]


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