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The City of Lewes, Delaware Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Action Plan

June 2011

The City of Lewes, Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware Sea Grant and ICLEI ‐ Local Governments for Sustainability, initiated the pilot project 'Mitigation and Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change - Planning and Building Resilient Coastal Communities' (Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Pilot Project). The overall goal of the project was to further the City’s hazard mitigation work by incorporating climate change and adaptive responses. The project team developed this action plan that aims to improve community sustainability and resilience.

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The City of Lewes, Delaware Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Action Plan - Transportation Components

June 2011

In 2011, the City of Lewes, Delaware undertook a pilot project to develop a unified Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Action Plan, which considers the City’s vulnerability to climate change, particularly sea-level rise, and includes an evaluation of the vulnerability of roads and critical evacuation routes.   

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Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative

From the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), the Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI) is a pilot project designed to stabilize eroding shorelines of tidal marshes. PDE with Rutgers University has developed the "DELSI Tactic" of living shorelines which uniquely uses a combination of native wetland plants, natural structures, and intertidal shellfish to trap sediment and absorb waves. The DELSI Tactic provides an economical approach to communities that are struggling to combat the erosion of tidal marshes.

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Delaware 2017 Coastal Inundation Maps

2017

Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the scientists from Delaware Coastal Programs have developed Sea Level Rise (SLR) inundation maps for the state as an online interactive tool. The maps show the possible impacts of inundation based on various SLR scenarios for Delaware’s waterways and watersheds.  The maps are a representation of inundation based on local Mean Higher High Water (MHHW), which is the long-term average of the higher of the daily high tides.

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Town of Bowers Beach, Delaware Coastal Resiliency Planning

2009

With support from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Town of Bowers Beach is developing a Coastal Resiliency Action Plan to increase resiliency and reduce hazard vulnerability to the current and future effects of coastal storms and climate change.  Bowers Beach currently experiences a number of coastal related problems including flooding of streets, episodic storm damage, coastal erosion, and other coastal hazard impacts.

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Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware

December 2009

The Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios were established by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Sea Level Rise (SLR) Technical Workgroup to     support the development of the DNREC Sea Level Rise Policy. The SLR Technical Workgroup is comprised of scientists from DNREC, University of Delaware, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Center for the Inland Bays. The Workgroup determined the Delaware SLR scenarios by employing published expert summaries of existing data and predictions from national and international panels and federal agencies.

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Striking a Balance - A Guide to Coastal Dynamics and Beach Management in Delaware

2004

This report provides historical background and knowledge of coastal dynamics and beach management in Delaware, outlines the forces affecting Delaware's beaches - including the balance between development and protection of coastal resources, and explains statewide coastal management policies and the measures taken to mitigate the effects of erosion.

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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

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Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL)

Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL) is a network of state, nonprofit, and academic partners that coordinate a variety of programs and initiatives related to environmental resilience. RASCL’s mission is “[t]o accelerate the capacity of all communities in the State of Delaware to undertake the necessary steps to become sustainable and resilient.”

 

 

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Delaware Sea Grant

Delaware Sea Grant conducts research in areas ranging from seafood safety to coastal hazards through hands-on research and educational activities, and sharing information on coastal topics with stakeholders. Delaware Sea Grant funds projects for the broad area of Ocean and Environmental Literacy, and more specifically: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, 2) Sustainable Coastal Development, 3) Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply, and 4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities.