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Welcome to Delaware’s Inland Bays

The Rehoboth, Indian River, and Little Assawoman Bays lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. Our mission is to preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed.

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DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Our Executive Director, Chris Bason, told Delaware Public Media that the United States rejoining the Paris climate agreement will have implications for Delaware related to the changes needed to address climate change impacts.

As the lowest lying state in America, sea level rise is already impacting the First State. Understanding and mitigating impacts will be critical to protecting vulnerable wetlands and habitats, as well as the farmlands and developments behind them.

“We have a lot to consider in that regard because of how close we are to sea level and how close we live to the coast,” Chris Bason said.

Climate change and its impacts are also a key component of the Center's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, which is now being updated and will guide the Center's work for the next decade. Learn more about that plan at inlandbays.org/get-involved/ccmp-draft.

Read more about local environmentalists' reactions to America rejoining this international climate change pact at https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/local-environmental-advocates-hopeful-climate-action-under-biden-administration.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Non-native invasive species can devastate the ecology of estuaries. But, in many cases, they can be prevented from establishing and be controlled.

The Asian Shore Crab shown here is an invasive species spreading along the East Coast that has been found in the Inland Bays. This silver-dollar-sized crab has displaced the native crabs that live along rocky shorelines on parts of the northeastern Atlantic coast.

Keeping track of this species can help with its control. If you see this crab, you can report it through this website: https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=183.

📷: Robert Bachand
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
We're making progress toward clean water! The Clean Water For Delaware Act (HB 200) has unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The Center, along with Clean Water: Delaware's Clear Choice, proudly support what bill sponsor state Rep. Valerie Maglio Longhurst said during the proceedings: "Access to our water is not a privilege, it's a right."

Thank you to all who have supported this effort to bring clean water to all Delawareans. This is a positive start for 2021, but we must continue the effort to pass and fund the bill.

The bill would create a Clean Water Trust Fund to invest in wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, among many other clean water projects. The bill, and the funding to support the solutions it calls for, still need to be approved by the Delaware General Assembly before it can be signed into law.

You can read the full text of the bill here:
https://legis.delaware.gov/Search?searchTerm=HB200. Join the Clean Water Campaign's efforts today at cleanwaterdelaware.org.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
The Center is still accepting applications for a part-time Administrative Specialist!

To review the position description, responsibilities, and qualification requirements, go to inlandbays.org/about/employment.

Interested candidates should submit an electronic resume, cover letter, and three professional references in a single PDF document to Brittany Burslem, Office Manager, at office@inlandbays.org. The deadline to apply for this position is February 8, 2021.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
This is fantastic news! It means that National Estuary Programs, like the Center for the Inland Bays, will be able to continue restoring, protecting, and preserving American's estuaries.


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