Advocate – Speak Out & Make a Difference

Advocacy is in our DNA.

With your support, we are one of Delaware’s only statewide environmental organizations with multiple full-time staff who advocate for wildlife, land conservation, and protection of our region’s natural resources.

We use a nonpartisan approach guided by the basic principle of ‘follow the science.’ In consultation with our in-house team of experts and volunteers we advocate at every level of government from local to federal for enhanced funding for land preservation, endangered species protections, and to promote climate forward, justice centered policy solutions. 

We are proud to be the state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation.

Enter Art and Essay Contests – Help DE Freshwater Wetlands

Enter Freshwater
Wetlands Contests

Environmental Rally

Thursday, April 27
Legislative Hall, Dover
Details to follow.


Support Our Advocacy Agenda

Donate Subscribe to Our Newsletter Clean Water Campaign

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter


2023 Advocacy Priorities

Clean Water

We work to secure funding for clean water infrastructure investments, effective management of stormwater runoff and agricultural runoff, and removal of legacy toxins in local waterways. As leaders in the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and the Choose Clean Water Coalition in the Chesapeake, we work to improve both watersheds and the watershed of the Inland Bays.

Land Protection

We advocate for full funding of Delaware’s Open Space and Farmland Preservation programs while looking for ways to increase funding.

Natural Resources

We continue to advocate for conservation programs at the local, state, and federal levels, including EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, and cover crop assistance programs.

Accomplishments

Clean Water
for Delaware Act

Plastic Bag Ban

Your voice matters!

Join our advocates, volunteers, and supporters of clean water action – all levels of experience welcome!

Volunteer for Clean Water Subscribe to Newsletter

Climate Action

We work with National Wildlife Federation and other partners to advocate for climate change mitigation, resiliency, and sustainability planning. We support transition to renewable energy sources, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, protection of natural systems that mitigate the impacts of climate change, habitat protection for wildlife displaced due to climate change, protection of scenic byways, and designation of Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Environmental Justice

We work for investments in environmental justice on the federal, state and local level. We also support the Delaware Environmental Accountability Coalition in pursuit of legislation to curb pollution in communities that are overly burdened by related health impacts.

Supporting Southbridge Residents in Taking Charge of their Future with the Southbridge Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP)

DelNature partnered in this plan which addresses longtime economic, environmental, and health concerns that face this historic Black community in Wilmington.
Southbridge Neighborhood
Action Plan (SNAP)


Support Our Advocacy Agenda

Donate Subscribe to Our Newsletter Clean Water Campaign

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter


Supporting Southbridge Residents in Taking Charge of their Future with the Southbridge Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP)

Delaware Nature Society is pleased to be a partner in creating the Southbridge Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP). This plan addresses longtime economic, environmental, and health concerns that face this historic Black community in Wilmington.

SNAP creates a framework for equitable development, access to resources for residents and entrepreneurs, and a community development corporation to guide its future. The plan makes recommendations for education, workforce development, local entrepreneurship, affordable living, quality communities, improved mobility, resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change in a neighborhood that experiences chronic flooding during large storms.SNAP is the result of a collaboration of South Wilmington Planning Network (SWPN), Healthy Communities Delaware, Southbridge Civic Association, and Delaware Nature Society.

To learn more and get involved, visit SWPN or Southbridge Community Development Corporation.


Clean Water Campaign Success

Delaware Nature Society, along with our partners Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Center for the Inland Bays, ran a successful statewide clean water campaign, culminating in the Clean Water for Delaware Act.

The Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice campaign:

  • Built an alliance of Delaware stakeholders to support sustainable funding for clean water.
  • Supported efforts to ensure that funding for clean water improvement projects places an emphasis on green infrastructure projects.
  • Laid critical groundwork to further educate and connect residents to their local waterways and empower them to take action to improve the quality of these waterways.

We believe that securing funding for clean water leads to a cleaner environment, healthier crops and food sources, improved economy, and increased tourism. In securing support for clean water initiatives throughout the state, we have secured a better, stronger Delaware. Clean water is truly Delaware’s clear choice.

This campaign was funded by the William Penn Foundation .


Contact our Advocacy Team

Mark Nardone, Director of Advocacy, Delaware Nature Society

Mark Nardone
Director of Advocacy
302.413.5057

Email Mark

Jhaney Hamlett, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Delaware Nature Society

Jhaney Hamlett
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
302.413.5072

Email Jhaney

Robin Glazer, Environmental Advocate, Delaware Nature Society

Robin Glazer
Environmental Advocate
302.413.5056

Email Robin

 


Helpful websites