The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $341,691 to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) for wetlands.
“The information that this project will generate is critical to understanding, protecting and restoring Delaware’s wetlands habitat,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “It will provide the kind of sound scientific data that is essential for effective wetlands protection.”
“Delaware is pleased to leverage this wetlands grant from our federal partners into another opportunity to continue improving our state’s water quality,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Wetlands are a critical link in ensuring clean water for all Delawareans, and the ecological value they provide in conserving and preserving our most precious natural resource – our water supply – cannot be overstated.”
DNREC also will use the funds for demonstrating and documenting the most successful techniques for restoring coastal habitat, in addition to providing opportunities for improving public education and outreach about wetlands conservation.
Healthy wetlands perform important ecological functions, such as feeding downstream waters, trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife, an EPA release stated.
For more wetlands information, visit:https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants.