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    Press Release: ‘Don’t Chuck Your Shucks’ Oyster Shell Recycling Program Collects 2,000 Bushels for Inland Bays Restoration

    Eighteen local restaurants and their oyster-eating patrons helped the CIB collect over 2,000 bushels of oyster shell this season, surpassing it’s 2016 goal! ‘Don’t Chuck Your Shucks’ is part of a larger effort to restore Delaware's Inland Bays using recycled oyster shell.

    Read more » | About Don't Chuck Your Shucks » | Visit Participating Restaurants »

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    Your Input Matters!

    The Sussex County Comprehensive Plan is the roadmap that guides decision making in Sussex County. This fall, the process is just beginning for the Plan’s 10-year update. This is your chance to express your concerns where it really can make a difference… 

    Learn More »
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    Get on Board!  We’ve got stories to tell!!! Every day we’re out and about around the Inland Bays. We want to share the fun, the strange, the interesting and the ‘you’ve gotta see this’ with you–our friends and neighbors around the Inland Bays. Maybe you have bay stories to tell too? Check out the new CIB blog!

    Read the Blog » | Meet the Authors » | Submit a Guest Post »
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    Order an Environmental Plate online and you’ll be supporting the Center for the Inland Bays and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary! With each purchase of a Duck or Lighthouse plate, a $10 donation will be made to each program - an easy way to show your support for all of Delaware’s bays every day!

    Buy a plate online with the Delaware DMV »

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If you live or vacation in south coastal Delaware…the Inland Bays are right in your backyard!

Three shallow bays, the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay and Little Assawoman Bay, lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. They serve as the backbone of Delaware’s coastal resort area that stretches north to Cape Henlopen, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, and south to the Town of Fenwick Island and Maryland state line. 

The Inland Bays watershed area also extends west to the headwater streams of Indian River and other tributaries, surrounded by the farm fields, millponds and marshes of Sussex County, Delaware. The area features a beautiful and truly unique natural landscape so get outside and explore your Inland Bays

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Visit our partner location, the Bethany Beach Nature Center for additional children’s programs, indoor and outdoor exhibits and more information about the Inland Bays. 







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