Delaware unveils plan to reduce impact of flooding

Delawareans have the opportunity to review and comment on a plan to improve flood plain management and drainage standards.

 

The recommendations were developed by an advisory committee created under a bill that became law last year. 

“Land use decisions in Delaware are made locally,” Delaware Natural Resources Secretary Collin O’Mara said.  “These standards are not mandates, but a body of options that can be assessed by local governments for use in their communities.  With a changing climate, more extreme weather events and rising seas, we need to think proactively about the future and how we can protect public safety and reduce impacts to property and  infrastructure.” 

A report is due to be presented to the Delaware General Assembly by mid-March, 2013.   For more information, or to provide comment on the draft standards contact Brooks Cahall brooks.cahall@state.de.us or Michael Powell michael.powell@state.de.us, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by telephone: 302-739-9921.  Comments may be submitted until July 6th.

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