Center for Inland Bays Public Workshop May 15, 2012

“Nothing insists that one place is not interchangeable with another except affection. 

   If the people who live in such places and love them cannot protect them, nobody can.”

          Wendell Berry

You’re Invited!  The Center for the Inland Bays Seeks Public Input

Center for the Inland Bays Public Workshop

Charting the Future of the Bays

Tuesday, May 15th at 7 p.m.

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center 

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays needs your help in revising their Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan or CCMP

The CCMP is the blueprint for action for both the Center for the Inland Bays and all of the cooperating partners working to preserve, protect, and enhance Delaware's Inland Bays and their watershed.

At the Public Workshop, attendees will hear about, and be invited to ask questions and comment on the Draft Revision of the CCMP for the Inland Bays. The focus areas in the CCMP Update are nutrient management, wastewater management, stormwater management, water quality management, managing living resources and their habitat, planning for climate change, coordinating land and water use decisions, and outreach and education. Under each focus area are objectives, actions and performance measures.

This Update will prioritize tasks for the next five years and includes issues that have emerged since the original document was released in 1995. Since that time, significant progress has been made; however, as shown in the 2011 State of the Delaware Inland Bays Report, much remains to be done, especially in the areas of nutrient pollution and habitat loss.

For those not able to attend the meeting, or those who would like to make a comment after the meeting, the Draft Revision and the original CCMP can be accessed online and comments can be submitted online by going to www.inlandbays.org

 

Center for the Inland Bays seeks public input

Workshop set Tuesday, May 15 at Rehoboth convention center

Cape Gazette, May 11

May 11, 2012


The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays invites the entire Inland Bays watershed community from Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Millsboro, Selbyville, Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, and all towns and communities between them, to attend a public workshop about the future of the Inland Bays at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

At the workshop, attendees will hear about, and be invited to ask questions and comment on the draft revision of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the Inland Bays. The CCMP is the blueprint for action for the Center for the Inland Bays and all of the cooperating partners working to preserve, protect, and enhance Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed.

The focus areas in the CCMP Update are nutrient management, wastewater management, stormwater management, water quality management, managing living resources and their habitat, planning for climate change, coordinating land and water use decisions, and outreach and education. Under each focus area are objectives, actions and performance measures.

For the past year, a working committee that included representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Department of Agriculture, the Sussex Conservation District, Sussex County government, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Southern Delaware Tourism office, the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment, and a cadre of informed citizens including the CIB’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and its Citizens Advisory Committee have provided expertise in the process of revising the CCMP.

The original CCMP for Delaware’s Inland Bays, completed in June, 1995, will remain in force. This update will be an addendum that provides prioritized tasks for the next five years that includes issues that have emerged since the original document was written. Since that time, significant progress has been made; however, as shown in the 2011 state of the Delaware Inland Bays Report, much remains to be done, especially in the areas of nutrient pollution and habitat loss.

For those not able to attend the meeting, or those who would like to make a comment after the meeting, the draft revision and the original CCMP can be accessed online and comment can be submitted online by going to www.inlandbays.org.