Delaware Holding 1st Meeting on Sea Level Rise TODAY

Feb 13, 2013 -- 5:14am

UPDATED BY ANDREW KOCH: Dozens of coastal residents, including council members from beach towns, filled the auditorium and then the main lobby at Cape Henlopen High School to learn about the impacts of rising sea levels during the first public workshop of the year hosted by DNREC and the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee. Residents met with committee members to discuss the impacts that rising sea levels will have on their communities, roads and other infrastructure into the future.

According to the PowerPoint presentation by Susan Love of DNREC, eight to 11 percent of Delaware's landmass is vulnerable to rising sea levels. DNREC says that land is valued at $1.5 billion. Love's presentation also said that 37 to 44 percent of the state's protected land is also at risk. Love says that would threaten not just neighborhoods, but tourist and recreation areas and wildlife habitats along the coast.

Love is working on a draft Comprehensive Adaptation Program that she hopes to have completed this summer. You can view the plan and submit your comments by clicking here. Comments are due by March 13.


You’re invited to an engagement session today to learn more about sea level rise and Delaware’s ability to prepare for it. 

The public session will be held at Cape Henlopen High School between 4 and 7 p.m. 

The Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has developed a list of options that would try to improve the way decisions about adapting to sea level rise are made. There will be 2 presentations – at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and you’ll have the chance to provide comments and feedback. 

There will be two other sessions later this month in New Castle County and in Dover.

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