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Delaware’s Inland Bays have a variety of habitat types that serve as important habitats for many native creatures including great blue herons, snowy egrets, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, oysters, blue crabs, striped bass founder and more! With increased pollution and increased land development, however, many of the habitats these creatures depend on are at risk.

To help restore these areas requires creativity, perseverance, and money. Donations from members and local businesses have helped the Center with innovative projects like those outlined below. The CIB has worked with many of its partners to identify important habitat areas that are in need of restoration, enhancement, or protection often using threatened or endangered species lists to focus on critical areas. 

Since 2002, the Center has tracked over 4,800 acres that have been protected or preserved as both public and private open space through agricultural land preservation, expansion of state parks or wildlife areas, and through private easements.

Living Shorelines
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Stockley Center Stream Channel Enhancement

To help protect water quality in Cow Bridge Branch, the Center for the Inland Bays ...
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Living Shorelines

Keep Our Shorelines Living!Stable shorelines are needed to protect coastal communities and serve as important ...
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Bethany Loop Canal Project

As communities have developed around the Bays, long stretches of shoreline have been hardened with ...
Living Resources
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Stockley Center Stormwater Dry Pond Retrofit Project

The Stockley Center is home to the headwaters of Cow Bridge Branch, one of the ...
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Middle Island Rookery Project

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ staff developed a unique artificial nesting structure for ...
Living Shoreline stabilizes while allowing natural processes

Living Shorelines

Keep Our Shorelines Living!Stable shorelines are needed to protect coastal communities and serve as important ...
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Don’t Chuck Your Shucks

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ shell recycling program, Don’t Chuck Your Shucks collects ...
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Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays

Get the Facts about Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays!Read the Shellfish Aquaculture Fact Sheet hereRead the ...
Fenwick Island Oyster Gardener, Buzz Henifin, tends his oysters.

Oyster Gardening

Shellfish Gardening ProgramThe Center's Shellfish Gardening Project is now a demonstration, but with an eye ...
Water Quality
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Stockley Center Stormwater Dry Pond Retrofit Project

The Stockley Center is home to the headwaters of Cow Bridge Branch, one of the ...
Stokley Creek Featured Image

Stockley Center Stream Channel Enhancement

To help protect water quality in Cow Bridge Branch, the Center for the Inland Bays ...
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Hopkins Dairy Farm Stream Enhancement

In 2011, we partnered with the Hopkins Dairy Farm (Green Acres Farm, Inc.) in Lewes ...
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Clean Water Campaign

About the Clean Water CampaignDedicated funding for clean water is essential for a cleaner environment, ...
99 Sea Level

Don’t Chuck Your Shucks

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ shell recycling program, Don’t Chuck Your Shucks collects ...
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Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays

Get the Facts about Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays!Read the Shellfish Aquaculture Fact Sheet hereRead the ...
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Anchorage Canal Drainage Area Stormwater Retrofit

The Anchorage Canal Drainage Area Stormwater Retrofit ProjectA Collaborative Community Demonstration Project to Clean Up ...
Fenwick Island Oyster Gardener, Buzz Henifin, tends his oysters.

Oyster Gardening

Shellfish Gardening ProgramThe Center's Shellfish Gardening Project is now a demonstration, but with an eye ...
General Restoration
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Hazardous Debris Removal

After success in 2013 working with partners to remove derelict pilings and docks from the mouth of the Lewes and ...
Reforestation
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