The Guide - June 12, 2024

T he Guide • 6 - 12 - 2 4 DNREC to Offer June 13 Lecture on Living Shorelines for Home and Property Owners. e Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will present a free lecture ursday, June 13 to introduce property owners to living shorelines in Delaware, a type of green infrastructure using natural materials. e hour-long lecture hosted by the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach begins at 2 p.m. and registration can be made up to the day before the event. e lecture is presented by the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship in conjunction with the Delaware Living Shorelines Committee and the South Coastal Library. e lecture speaker is Olivia Allread, outreach and communications coordinator with DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, who will provide an overview of living shorelines and how they can be used to protect and improve a property. e lecture will highlight the speci c types of living shorelines that can be installed and what natural materials can be used for them. Additionally, the presentation will cover the bene ts of this type of shoreline stabilization, as well as resources and user-friendly tools available for landowners. Living shorelines utilize natural materials like native plants, oyster shells, and biodegradable coconut- ber coir logs as a barrier against shoreline erosion and ood impacts. Living shorelines also enhance the natural beauty of shoreline ecosystems. e lecture will o er insights into the how to enhance the natural beauty of a property and showcase project examples in Delaware. is lecture is part of educational e orts o ered by the Delaware Living Shorelines Committee, a work group dedicated to facilitating the understanding, peer review and implementation of living shoreline strategy within the First State. e DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program represents the Department in supporting the committee and its work. More information can be found at delawarelivingshorelines. org. is lecture is free and open to the public, with its content geared toward land and property owners. e South Coastal Library is at 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, Del. About DNREC e Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives The drawings on the 1854 Bank of Milford paper currency reflect the importance of agriculture and the shipping industry to the Delaware economy.