Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara have proposed Clean Water for Delaware's Future -- a comprehensive upgrade plan for protecting public health and cleaning up Delaware's bays, rivers and streams within a generation, while creating jobs and strengthening Delaware's economy. Here, we share videos about the steps we're taking now and some of what we're planning for the future.
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Three videos produced by DNREC's Public Affairs office took several top honors at the 2014 Delaware Press Association (DPA) Communications contest.
Held annually, the awards are sponsored by DPA, a member of the National Federation of Press Women, and judged by professional journalists from out of state to ensure impartiality. Awards were given for Videos Produced for a Website, which in DNREC's case, were produced by in-house staffers - produced, shot, scripted, edited and voiced by Mike Polo, Matt Cardona and Phil Miller:
2nd Place award for "Restoring Mirror Lake; an effort to remediate longtime pollution in Dover's Mirror Lake;
3rd place for the "GoApe," a promotional video highlighting the new zip line tree adventure at Lums Pond;
Honorable Mention for the video, "Certified Wildlife Habitats," exploring DNREC's efforts to restore and protect wildlife in the First State.
Spanning from Delaware City down to the City of Lewes, the Delaware Bayshore is an ecological paradise. Expansive coastal marshes, sandy shoreline, lush agricultural lands and shady forests provide habitat for a host of rare and common plants, animals and fish. The Bayshore Initiative takes a non-regulatory approach that continues the conservation commitment made over 40 years ago by Delaware's Coastal Zone Act. Due in large part to the legacy of former Governor Russell Peterson and decades of conservation efforts, most of the Bayshore's acreage remains undeveloped today, and more than 50% is formally protected as state, federal and private conservation lands.