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.


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2022 Advocacy Priorities

Legislative

  • Clean Water – The Delaware Nature Society will advocate for secured funding for clean water and the implementation of House Bill 200 (HB 200), the Clean Water for Delaware Act. The implementation of water infrastructure investments, reduction of stormwater runoff, and removal of legacy toxins is critical to further reduce pollution in Delaware’s waterways. We are the state leads for CDRW and CCWC, and on the steering committee for CCWC. We work for all of the watersheds in DE – the Chesapeake, Delaware, and Inland Bays.
  • Land Protection – Continue to advocate for full funding and expansion of Delaware’s Open Space and Farmland Preservation programs, as well as the protection of critical buffer zones along wetlands and waterways.
  • Natural Resource Funding – Continue to advocate for the development, full funding, and implementation of conservation programs at the local, state, and federal levels, including but not limited to EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, and cover crop assistance programs.
  • Climate Change – Work with National Wildlife Federation and other environmental partners to continue advocating for climate change mitigation, resiliency and sustainability planning. Options include, but are not limited, to advocating for a transition to renewable energy sources, the protection of natural systems that mitigate the impacts of climate change, educational requirements for homeowners about potential sea-level rise impacts, and habitat protection for wildlife displaced due to climate change, protection of scenic byways, designation of Wild & Scenic areas.
  • Environmental Justice – Advocate for investments in environmental justice on the federal, state and local level. We support the Delaware Environmental Accountability Coalition in pursuit of cumulative impacts legislation in collaboration with environmental justice community leaders and organizations. We are working towards the Cumultive Impacts Bill with the Nature Conservancy and DEAC. Working for underserved communities, including those in Southbridge (via SNAP) and Southern DE (if we can say that). Work with locally owned businesses in Wilmington to provide nature access to residents.

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Clean Water for Delaware Act Signed Into Law

Clean Water Signing 2021 by Governor Carney

Governor John Carney, in 2021, created a new Clean Water Trust to protect Delaware waterways and rebuild Delaware’s drinking water infrastructure with a focus on underserved communities. More about the Clean Water for Delaware Act »

Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bag pollution and Sea Turtle

Delaware banned plastic bags! Thanks for your support to reduce hazardous plastic pollution in Delaware! The ban took effect on January 1, 2021. More about the Plastic Bag Ban »

Regulatory

Stormwater Permits and Clean Water Regulations – Comment on proposed federal, state, and local government water permits and regulations, including but not limited to HB 200 implementation, storm water management, forest and natural resource buffer protection, agricultural runoff, and wetland protection. Work along side GreeNCC and Clean Streams, Southbridge Wetland Park, and other locations to reduce and eliminate sources of water pollution in the state (i.e. plastic bag ban, etc.).

Executive

First State Climate Action Plan – Advocate for Governor Carney to take urgent, meaningful action on climate change, including the prompt implementation of Delaware’s Climate Action Plan and more aggressive carbon emission reduction goals. Climate change is the most complex and challenging environmental issue facing our society and Delaware in particular as we’re the lowest-lying state. We must act now and commit across our community to remediating and mitigating its impacts.


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I Choose Clean Water Delaware Campaign

Support Our Clean Water Campaign

Since March 2015, Delaware Nature Society, along with our partners Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Center for the Inland Bays, has been running a statewide clean water campaign.

The Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice campaign:

  • Builds an alliance of Delaware stakeholders to support sustainable funding for clean water.
  • Supports efforts to ensure that funding for clean water improvement projects places an emphasis on green infrastructure projects.
  • Lays 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 can lead to a cleaner environment, healthier crops and food sources, improved economy, and increased tourism. By securing support for clean water initiatives throughout the state, we are securing a better, stronger Delaware. Clean water is truly Delaware’s clear choice.

We need your help

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This campaign is 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

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Jhaney Hamlett, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Delaware Nature Society

Jhaney Hamlett
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
302.413.5072

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Robin Glazer, Environmental Advocate, Delaware Nature Society

Robin Glazer
Environmental Advocate
302.413.5056

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