Delaware Coastal Management Assistance Program

Delaware’s Coastal Management Assistance Program improves local capacity to conserve and manage coastal resources, and supports the integration of coastal management principals through local planning and implementation activities. The program provides special area management planning, assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning, and offers technical assistance to communities.

In September 2015, seven Delaware communities were awarded Coastal Management Assistance Program grants totaling $75,000 from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Delaware Coastal Programs to fund risk assessment and planning to improve community resiliency to coastal hazards and climate change. The coastal management projects will improve a community’s ability to plan for and adapt to sea level rise and coastal hazards, including coastal storms and nuisance flooding.

Grant recipients, and their respective projects, for the 2015 Coastal Management Assistance Program are:

  • The City of Laurel will conduct a stormwater drainage study to investigate the feasibility of incorporating green infrastructure and improving the resiliency of “The Ramble,” a proposed waterfront revitalization project along Broad Creek.
  • The City of Lewes will carry out a vulnerability assessment of their evacuation routes and critical infrastructure to help them with emergency operations planning.
  • The Town of Little Creek will assess their vulnerability to coastal hazards and sea level rise and incorporate these issues into their comprehensive plan update.
  • The Town of Milton will assess their risks to flooding and sea level rise and review options for zoning and building code modifications that improve community resiliency.
  • The City of New Castle will evaluate methods to create a living shoreline that addresses and is resilient to coastal hazards and sea level rise at their Battery Park waterfront.
  • The City of Seaford will conduct a vulnerability assessment of the Seaford Wastewater Treatment Facility to identify upgrades that will protect the facility from flooding and sea level rise.  



Funding for the program is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. 




Publication Date: September 16, 2015

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