Office of the Secretary

The DNREC Office of the Secretary provides leadership, overall policy guidance, and central administrative services to support the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Secretary: Shawn M. Garvin

Deputy Secretary: Lisa Borin Ogden

Entrance to a brick building with a sign reading "Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control" and "89 Kings Highway SW."

Management Services

The Office of the Secretary oversees administrative and management functions including budget and fiscal management, human resources, administrative law services, legal services through the Delaware Attorney General’s office, federal aid coordination, procurement and contracting, information technology, business process and continuous improvementweb and digital media, building and property management, security systems, and continuity of operations.

Environmental Finance

The Environmental Finance Office administers the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, making funding available to municipalities, private organizations, nonprofit organizations and private individuals. It provides funding for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure and supports the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council. It provides engineering and planning assistance for ecological and restoration projects.

Environmental Justice Office

The Environmental Justice Office works to ensure that all DNREC decisions are executed to promote the meaningful involvement and fair treatment of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income in the implementation of DNREC’s mission. DNREC strives to provide equitable access to green spaces, public recreation opportunities, and information and data on potential exposure to environmental hazards. 

Administrative Law Section

The Administrative Law Section provides leadership in the review and consideration for promulgation of DNREC’s environmental regulations. It manages public hearings for regulatory development and for environmental permitting, if needed. And it coordinates for the Department with the Delaware Office of the Registrar of Regulations.

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