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Wetlands are Magicians of Water Quality Improvement

Written on: May 15th, 2019 in Outreach

by Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program In our Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program we speak so often about the ecosystem services that wetlands provide or the beneficial functions wetlands perform daily.  We rattle them off in varying order “provide vital habitat for plants and wildlife, improve water quality, protect our coasts, act like […]


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Delaware’s Freshwater Mussels

Written on: May 14th, 2019 in Wetland Animals

Guest writer: Clare Sevcik, DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program There are so many charismatic animals that make Delaware waterways their home. Most people living in Delaware can easily recognize a few of the most popular species: bald eagles, osprey, blue crabs, horseshoe crabs, beavers, river otters, and many more. But there are many more animals living […]


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Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program: Celebrating 20 years

Written on: May 14th, 2019 in Wetland Assessments

by Alison Rogerson, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Our Roots In 1998 the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Environmental Scientist, Amy Jacobs (now with The Nature Conservancy), took part in a grant project held by the Delaware chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. This project developed […]


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Birding in Delaware’s Wetlands

Written on: May 8th, 2019 in Wetland Animals

by Erin Dorset, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Birding is always exciting in Delaware. While some bird species are year-round residents, many others are migrants traveling along the Atlantic Flyway. This keeps things interesting, as it allows birders to see a very wide variety of species throughout the year. A lot of these awesome birds […]


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Wetlands are like sponges, how?

Written on: March 11th, 2019 in Outreach

by Brittany Haywood, DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program One part of our job is going out into the public and explaining simply our research and the benefits of wetlands.  We often use the saying, “wetlands are like sponges” to describe their ability to absorb water, but recently we’ve been asked exactly how that is […]


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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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Realtors & Wetlands: What you need to know to help clients purchase and build wisely

Written on: February 27th, 2019 in Outreach

by Brittany Haywood, DNREC Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Wetlands are a part of our everyday lives.  They are in the landscape silently helping to control flood waters, clean our drinking waters and protect us from damaging storms. Knowing what wetlands are, where they are, how they work, and what can and can’t be done […]


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Now reintroducing….the Appoquinimink River watershed wetlands!

Written on: February 21st, 2019 in Wetland Assessments

by Erin Dorset, DNREC Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Back in 2016, you were introduced to Delaware’s Appoquinimink River watershed and the types of stressors that we were looking for in our wetland health assessments. At that point, we had recently wrapped up our field work in that watershed, but we hadn’t yet completed any […]


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I Can Smell the Marsh, Blinding Me With Science

Written on: December 4th, 2018 in Outreach

by Brittany Haywood, Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program Working in wetlands takes a certain breed of people, the kind that has to have a sense of humor.  You have to deal with interesting smells, sticky conditions, and bugs that manage to find their way into unwanted places (such as your eye or nose). But if […]


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Seeing the Marsh through the Forest

Written on: December 3rd, 2018 in Wetland Assessments

Guest Writer:  LeeAnn Haaf, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Sea levels are rising in the Delaware Estuary– we’ve already observed its effects. Over the last couple decades, we have seen dramatic losses of tidal marsh acreage and documented the death of trees bordering those tidal marshes. We know that the last hope for a lot of […]


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