Summer 2016

Dear Friends,

Each summer we report our successes to our partners in our Sea Grant annual report. This year's Reporter celebrates 40 years of "putting science to work" for our coastal communities and other important stakeholders.


I encourage you to review this report, which is presented in a new interactive online format. Since our designation as a Sea Grant College in 1976, we have remained focused on using our expertise and collaborative partnerships to address emerging challenges affecting our state's and region's coastal and marine environments.

As you read the Reporter, please note the tremendous successes our researchers, students and outreach staff members have achieved with the help of our countless partners. We are looking forward to continuing to promote our activities and research both locally and nationally throughout our 40th anniversary year.

Finally, farewells are in order for two members of our Delaware Sea Grant team. Joe Farrell, our marine resource management specialist with the Marine Advisory Service retired after a 28-year career. Katy O'Connell, our director of Environmental Public Education, takes on a new challenge in our college's School of Marine Science and Policy serving as the Executive Director of Project RECOVER. Project RECOVER is a public-private partnership to enlist 21st century science and technology combined with in-depth archival and historical research in a quest to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since World War II. We wish Joe and Katy the best in the future.


James Falk, Acting Director

Delaware Sea Grant

HONOR: Water Quality Monitoring Program

The University of Delaware's Citizen Monitoring Program received the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Volunteer of the Year award for research at the Delaware State Fair on July 28.

A cooperative effort between Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) and DNREC, the program's dedicated corps of volunteers has been monitoring the state's waterbodies for signs of pollution since 1991. Now in its 25th year, the program has trained more than 300 citizen volunteers, including 43 volunteers who monitored water quality at 45 different sites last year.

EDUCATION: Summer Workshops

We have been very busy this summer, hosting several teacher professional development workshops. The Bay-to-Bay multi-day workshop for middle school science teachers is aimed at teaching more about our Chesapeake and Delaware Bay watersheds, how we use them to build our economy and way of live, and the steps we are taking to protect and restore their health.

The Sunny and Windy Alternative Energy workshop focused on solar and wind energy technologies and was taught on campus alongside UD's 2-megawatt wind turbine. Attendees built model wind turbines, explored solar arrays, and experimented with DIY solar ovens!


Navigate through the the Bay-to-Bay multimedia story map >>

View the Sunny and Windy Photo Album on Facebook >>

EVENTS: Delmarva Paddling Weekend

Love to paddle? Get outdoors and splash around at Delmarva Paddling Weekend, scheduled for September 30 - October 2 in Laurel, DE and Snow Hill, MD. This is a wonderful alternative to Coast Day, which has been canceled this year due to construction on our Lewes Campus. The Delmarva Paddling Weekend is sponsored by Delaware Sea Grant's Sustainable Coastal Communities initiative.

  Register Now >>

COMMUNITIES: Leipsic Revitalization Plans

Several University of Delaware undergraduate students presented the Leipsic Town Council with initial concepts to revitalize and redesign existing landscaping and open areas surrounding the Leipsic Town Hall and Maritime Museum. Funded with support from DESG's Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative, the work is aimed at helping the town to increase low-impact tourism and green infrastructure in the working waterfront community.


Goodies and Gifts from Delaware Sea Grant

Sea Talk Video - Egg Cases
Sea Talk Video - Egg Cases
Walking along the beach to see what natural treasures have washed ashore is a favorite summer pastime for many. You may discover seashells, driftwood, and even slivers of glass that have been tumbled smooth by the sea. But did you know you may find egg cases as well?

Watch Sea Talk >>

Crab Cake Cookbook
Celebrate 25 years of the DESG Crab Cake Cook-Off with this book, which contains the finalist recipes.

Buy a copy >>

Desktop Wallpaper
With our online calendars, you can bring the beauty of Delaware's coastal resources to your computer screen. In addition to scenic wallpaper for each month, check out the list of notable dates as well as environmental facts, tips, and web links.

Download the calendar >>


2016 Delaware Sea Grant College Program
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