Advocating for Clean Water

Have you wondered where your drinking water comes from?

Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) thinks about where drinking water comes from quite a bit. We work diligently to make sure our supply is secure and safe. By influencing funding for clean water projects, working toward land protections that help improve our degraded waterways, and helping people who are most at risk of flooding from major storms, DelNature’s three-person advocacy team and partners help protect the health and safety of all Delawareans.

Advocating for Water, Wildlife, and Land Preservation

Advocacy, with conservation and education, is one of the three pillars of DelNature’s mission to connect people with the environment. Our advocacy is not limited to water, however. For nearly 60 years, we have worked for preservation of critical natural areas, protection of wildlife, and conservation of important habitats. That work becomes ever more important as the population increases, development continues to reshape the landscape, and our understanding of climate change and sea level rise evolves.

“These are not abstract issues,” says Director of Advocacy Mark Nardone. “These are everyday concerns that have significant effects on environmental health and, by extension, human health. Our job is to educate policy makers about the impacts as we recruit and train citizen advocates while we endeavor to create the public and political will to adopt common-sense solutions.”

Working Together – Supporters and Coalitions for Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River Watersheds

We are supported by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation and receive further support from the National Wildlife Federation. DelNature participates in large coalitions of local governments, universities, and other conservation groups and environmental organizations. Together, we are striving to improve the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds.

Our Goals

We also collaborate with local peer organizations in efforts to create green infrastructure, reduce stormwater and agriculture runoff, and remove legacy toxins in our waterways. DelNature advocates for funding of Delaware’s Open Space and Farmland Preservation programs. We urge meaningful action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through adoption of renewable energy technologies such as offshore wind power. And we strive for investments in environmental justice. We do this through actions such as legislation to end further pollution of communities overburdened by related health impacts.

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Make Your Voice Heard

Save the Date for our Delaware Climate Action Rally, April 27, Noon – 4 pm at the Legislative Mall in Dover.

Learn more about our Advocacy and get involved!