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EPA awards $779,982 for Delaware’s wetlands program

Release Date: 01/18/2006
Contact Information: Roy Seneca 215-814-5567

(01-18-06) PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $779,982 grant to support Delaware’s wetlands programs.

“Wetlands are one of our nation’s most unique ecosystems, providing various environmental and economic benefits,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “By committing to protect and restore these valuable resources, Delaware is taking big steps in protecting the environmental quality.”

The grant, awarded to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, will help increase wetland protection by supporting wetland monitoring, assessment, and restoration programs. This includes expanding existing programs, recruiting volunteers and developing new wetlands projects.

The grant comes from a pilot wetlands project at EPA that was set up to study the effectiveness of state and tribal wetland programs. The project focuses on linking program activities to measurable environmental outcomes, particularly no net loss of wetlands, net gain of wetlands and the protection of vulnerable wetlands.

The funding covers a three-year grant period with one-third of the funding provided each year.