By Brenna Goggin, Advocacy Manager
Walking your dog along the trails at Ashland, bird watching off the boardwalk at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, picking vegetables at our Coverdale Farm Preserve, and canoeing on the Abbott’s Mill pond are a big part of Delaware Nature Society’s community. All of these activities also depend on our waterways being clean and healthy. Improving Delaware’s water quality is a strategic focus for Delaware Nature Society because clean water is critical to our economy, environment, wildlife, food source, and public health. Therefore, Delaware Nature Society, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Center for the Inland Bays are leading a campaign educating outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of investing in programs that will remove toxins from Delaware’s waterways, improve the water we drink and protect parks, open spaces, farms and wetlands.
Many of Delaware’s waterways are polluted due to failing infrastructure, population growth, and legacy contamination from chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances. While the state has made great strides to address our water quality impairments, there are still millions of dollars worth of projects and infrastructure that need to be funded. Delawareans resoundingly believe its residents and government can work together to improve the quality of our water. According to a recent poll with a maximum potential sampling error of only +/- 4.9%, 82% of Delawareans believe the pollution problem in Delaware’s waterways can be improved and think the State of Delaware can do more. To learn more about the Campaign visit our website www.cleanwaterdelaware.org or “Like” us on Facebook for more information on how you can show your support for clean water!
Join Us June 2nd for Delaware’s Clean Water Rally!
The Clean Water Rally will be a celebration of the work that’s already been done in Delaware to improve water quality and illustrate the need for future projects. Supporters will have the opportunity to thank legislators that are supportive of clean water initiatives and ask other elected officials to join in our efforts. The Clean Water Rally will include vendors, information on our Clean Water Campaign, music, food, and a short program featuring some of our state’s strongest clean water leaders. We believe the best way for residents to show their support for dedicated funding of clean water is to share their personal story of how water is important to them-whether they be a parent, grandparent, business owner, pet owner, hunter, fisherman, etc.
We’re excited to see you on the Dover Green in front of Legislative Hall on June 2, 2015 10:30-12:30pm to show support for clean water! Meeting with legislators are optional and would take place 1:00pm-4:00pm. Delaware Nature Society will offer carpooling options leaving from our Ashland and Abbott’s Mill Nature Centers. In order to receive your FREE T-shirt, carpool, and registration packet, please register with Delaware Nature Society.