Delaware might be considered small, but coastal concerns loom large given the breadth of the state’s eastern shore.
Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, who represents Rehoboth, one of the largest coastal towns in Sussex County, will now help identify and share solutions regarding coastal issues thanks to a new position.
On Wednesday, Sen. Lopez announced that he was selected to serve as a member on the Delaware Sea Grant Advisory Council, an organization adminstered by the University of Delaware.
For nearly four decades, the university has worked to promote coastal resources through education, research and outreach programs ranging from seafood safety to coastal hazards. In 1976, UD was designated the nation’s ninth Sea Grant College, and formed the advisory council in subsequent years.
“What an honor!” said Lopez, who will serve three years on the Advisory Council. “I’m pleased to have been asked to join such a capable group of scientists, professionals and public servants who focus their mission in a non-partisan, evidence-based fashion to support, sustain and enhance our coastal communities,
A variety of officials from state government, public-interest groups, engineering firms and the marine industry sit on the council.
“The 6th State Senate district has a unique and special bond with the sea and as someone who deeply cares about our environment, I look forward to sharing the mission of Sea Grant with our local Cape Region constituents who I am humbled to serve,” said Lopez.