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Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Michael and Kristi Huber have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single-family dwelling with a cantilevered deck on Lot 10 in Bethany Village.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Sea Colony Beach Association has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to place sand on the beach by hydraulic dredge.


Delaware Wetlands Conference Registration

Registration for the Delaware Wetlands Conference is now open. Register by Nov. 29 for Early Bird pricing. The 2024 Delaware Wetlands Conference offers two days of exploration into a variety of wetland presentations, networking opportunities and hands-on activities. Registration is available online or by sending in a


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Ocean Breezes Homeowners Association has applied for a permit to mechanically scrape sand from the beach to rebuild the dune at Ocean Breezes, in Sussex County.


Delaware’s Draft 305(b) and 303(d) Waters Assessment Methodologies and Data Solicitation

The Department is asking for public comment on Draft Assessment and Listing Methodologies for the next Combined Watershed Assessment Report.


Delaware Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook Updated

DNREC has published a revised regulatory guidance document, the Delaware Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook, effective July 2023.


New and Revised Forms as Erosion and Sediment Control Regulatory Guidance Documents

DNREC has released new and revised forms as regulatory guidance documents for the Sediment and Stormwater Program for public review.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsors and exhibitors at the Delaware Wetlands Conference gain visibility across many sectors of the mid-Atlantic. From government organizations to engineering companies, from non-profits to private business professionals, the conference attracts attendees and presenters from throughout the region.
Information Sponsors Non-profit Exhibitors


Wetland Assessment Map

The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment program publishes wetland health assessments of the health of Delaware’s wetlands at a watershed level. The map below provides basic information about the health of the wetlands in Delaware watersheds for which assessments are complete. Watersheds are shown in colors reflecting the overall health of the wetlands


Vibrio Control Plans

Vibrio is a naturally occurring bacteria present in high levels in seawater when temperatures are warm. It can cause serious illness in humans. The National Shellfish Sanitation Program requires Delaware to implement plans to reduce the risk of Vibrio illnesses from oysters harvested in Delaware. Vibrio — Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V.p.) — can


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Middlesex Beach Association proposes to redistribute sand from perpendicular mounds to lowest area of the dunes on a specific parcel.


Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to Erosion and Sediment Control Guidance Documents

Division of Watershed Stewardship

Published: March 1, 2022 Comments Due: April 19, 2023
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2023-R-WS-0004) to consider comments from the public on proposed


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Douglas Greenburg has applied for permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling with a cantilevered deck on Lots 49, Block 1, in South Bethany.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Svetlana Lisanti has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a deck to allow access to a dwelling at Pickering Beach.


Notice of Revised Regulatory Guidance Documents: Sediment and Stormwater Program

The DNREC Sediment and Stormwater Program has revised the Post Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Construction Review Checklists.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Bethany Dunes Homeowners Association proposes to mechanically scrape sand from the beach to rebuild the dune on a parcel in Bethany Dunes.


Living Shoreline Cost Share Program

Living shorelines can protect and enhance the beauty of shoreline properties. The DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship provides cost share assistance for installing living shorelines and stabilization projects. Living shorelines use natural materials like native plants, oyster shells and biodegradable coconut-fiber logs as a barrier to defend against


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Santry propose building a single-family dwelling and cantilevered deck on Lot 6, Block 1, in South Bethany


Revised Sediment and Stormwater Regulatory Guidance Documents

The DNREC Sediment and Stormwater Program has released revised regulatory guidance documents for public review.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Edward Cohen has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct an elevator shaft on Lot 48 in Cotton Patch Hills, in Sussex County.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Dawn Sharpley has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling with a cantilevered deck/porch and septic system on Lot 69, Block A, of Broadkill Beach.


Sediment and Stormwater Regulatory Guidance Memorandum RGM-3

The Sediment and Stormwater Program proposes to rescind the adoption of the Appoquinimink River Watershed Stormwater Management Plan’s standards and criteria for stormwater control, now redundant.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Division of Parks and Recreation has applied for a permit to excavate an area on each side of the dune crossover at the bathhouse and place sand on beach at the Tower Road and Fenwick Island.


Swimming Advisory Caution

The DNREC Shellfish and Recreational Water Program has issued a permanent swimming advisory caution for Delaware’s Inland Bays (Rehoboth Bay, Indian River and Bay, Little Assawoman Bay and the portion of Assawoman Bay located in Delaware) and for Delaware Bay beaches north of, but not including, Lewes Beach.



Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

David A. Rumford has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build an elevator shaft on the west side of the existing dwelling on Lot 3, Block JJ, Lewes Beach.


Brandywine Watershed Wetland Assessment

The Brandywine watershed is located within New Castle County, where it encompasses 72,969 acres of land. This is the northernmost watershed in Delaware and is part of the Piedmont region. Though most of the Brandywine watershed is developed, this area contains Category One wetlands, which are unique and ecologically significant freshwater areas.


Delaware Wetland Restoration Strategies

Wetlands across the state of Delaware face many challenges. However, there are opportunities to combat specific issues and to restore and protect Delaware’s wetland resources. The DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program is developing strategies, specific to Delaware’s different watersheds, to identify and pursue those opportunities. The wetland restoration strategies will help guide state


Public Hearing: Surface Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

The Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, to consider comments from the public on proposed revisions to Delaware’s Surface Water Quality Standards.


Delaware’s Section 303(d) Waters and Data Solicitation

The state has released a draft of its 2022 Combined Watershed Assessment Report for comments on DNREC’s tentative determination for Delaware’s 2022 Section 303(d) List.


Real Estate Professionals and Wetlands

Delaware real estate professionals can help their clients buy and build wisely when it comes to wetlands. Those who stay up to date on wetland issues in the state can help their clients avoid problems, and costs, when they buy land or homes in Delaware. As the landowner’s first contact, real estate professionals can educate


Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

The Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay is a seven-module series created to support decision-making by local officials.
A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay, a video introduction from the Chesapeake Bay Program.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Marie Carter Family Partnership has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to add a 2nd story addition and cantilevered decks on Lots 5 & 6 and half of 7 & 8, Block 126, in Bethany Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Weil have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct a single family dwelling and driveway on Lot 544 in Slaughter Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Neven have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to bring in sand to fill a low area on Lots 15, Block 1, in South Bethany.


Presentations and Posters

The call for abstracts for the 2024 Delaware Wetlands Conference is now open. Abstracts for oral presentations are accepted until October 17, 2023. Poster proposals are accepted until December 19, 2023.


Notice of Public Hearing: Shellfish Sanitation Regulations

The DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a virtual public hearing on proposed revisions to the Shellfish Sanitation Regulations.


Chester-Choptank Watershed Wetland Assessment

The Chester-Choptank watershed is located partially in Kent County and partially in New Castle County, where it encompasses 113,944 acres of land. Unlike most of Delaware’s watersheds, the Chester-Choptank drains to the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay drainage basin in Delaware, including the Chester-Choptank watershed, provides an estimated $3.4 billion in ecosystem goods and services.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Moses have applied for a permit to renovate an existing dwelling within the current footprint on Lot 20, Block 45, Dewey Beach.


Success Stories: Tappahanna Ditch

Runoff from agricultural areas caused high bacteria levels in Delaware’s Tappahanna Ditch of the Choptank River. As a result, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) added the watershed to the 1996 Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) list of impaired waters for bacteria and nutrients. Watershed stakeholders provided technical assistance and


Success Stories: Iron Branch

Runoff from agricultural areas caused high bacteria levels in Delaware’s Iron Branch of Indian River Bay. As a result, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) added the watershed to the 1996 Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) list of impaired waters for bacteria. Watershed stakeholders provided technical assistance and installed agricultural


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Bell have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build a single family dwelling on Lots 17 and 19, North Indian Beach, in Sussex County.


Coastal Construction Permits

A listing of permit applications and related documents for the regulatory programs that govern coastal construction.

Contact Us

Jennifer Luoma Pongratz 302-608-5502
Coastal Construction Permit Application — For construction activities


Drainage Concern Reporting Form

You can get advice or technical assistance with drainage issues on your property. The first step is reporting the issue, using the form below. What is your name? How can we contact you?  


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

SQF LLC has applied for a permit to install a wifi utility pole at the end of McKinley Street seaward of the building line in Dewey Beach.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gensler have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC building line to renovate the existing dwelling and extend the deck on Lot 7, Block 8, South Bethany.


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

The Town of Slaughter Beach proposes to bring in approximately 5700 cubic yards of sand to rebuild the dune from Sussex Avenue to Simpson Avenue.


Wetlands Education Opportunities

There are multiple opportunities for wetland education and field trips in Delaware. They include opportunities within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and among our conservation partners. DNREC Opportunities The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Research Education Center (AREC) offers extensive wetland education materials for teachers, a field


Wetlands Protect

Wetlands protect us against flooding and erosion of our shores.


Library: Wetland Health Reports

A collection of wetland health reports from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section.
Wetland Publications Library
  • Wetland Health Reports
  • Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols
  • Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring



  • Library: Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring

    A collection of long-term wetlands monitoring documents from the DNREC Watershed Assessment Section.
    Wetland Publications Library
  • Wetland Health Reports
  • Management Plans and Monitoring Protocols
  • Long-Term Wetlands Monitoring






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