Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
This enewsletter from the DNREC Delaware Coastal Training Program (CTP) features resources that are available for Delaware's community leaders and natural resource managers to help us plan smarter for safer and more sustainable communities!  The roundup includes highlights of upcoming trainings, tools, technical assistance programs, and funding sources from the CTP as well as other local practitioners and technical experts. Please be in touch if you have more updates to share or are looking for additional info! 
2018 Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League Summit
The Buck Stops Here:
Funding Resilient and Sustainable Communities at the
State and Local Level
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
at the Delaware Tech, Del-One Conference Center in Dover, Del.
This all day Summit takes a comprehensive look at funding from different perspectives, including the costs of action - and inaction - and the responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges associated with helping communities thrive in the face of changing environmental conditions.

RASCL Invites participants from all levels of government, including local community leaders and municipal officials, as well as non-profit organizations, contractors, consultants, academics, businesses, and planners. The day will feature plenary and panel sessions as well as opportunities to network with subject matter experts and practitioners.
Training and Classroom Learning Opportunities
Community Climate Adaptation Planning
Held in partnership with Delaware Sea Grant .
Weds. Jan. 16 - Thurs. Jan. 17, 2018
St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center, Dover
$20 Registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.

Communities across Delaware from the coastal areas to more inland cities and towns increasingly realize the need for climate adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. This intensive and interactive course provides individuals from the bigger cities to rural towns with a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you learn, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Apply the basic elements of an adaptation planning framework to organize future preparedness efforts,
  • Translate climate science into impacts on local community assets and practice compiling a vulnerability assessment,
  • Identify, compare, and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions,
  • Describe implementation options for different strategies.

Who should take this course:
County, municipal and community leaders, regional and municipal planners, state agency staff, natural resource managers, non-profit and academic-based collaborative supporters & organizers, and more. 

AICP and CFM credits will be available for participating American Planning Association professionals.

Planning Effective Projects
Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center, Dover
$50 Registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.

It seems simple enough. Start with a good idea and everything else will fall into place. Unfortunately, it rarely works that way.

In this interactive workshop from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, using your idea, you will learn how to design a project that reaches the right audience, has the intended impact, and achieves measurable results. You'll sharpen your information gathering, project planning, and evaluation skills, and walk away with the ability and confidence to build in the accountability and strategic thinking needed to achieve project success. View course flyer here!
Who should take this course:

County, municipal and community leaders, regional and municipal planners, state agency staff, natural resource managers, non-profit and academic-based collaborative supporters & organizers, and more. Great for those planning and implementing grant projects!


Note: this course is a prerequisite for the Planning for Meaningful Evaluation training below
Planning for Meaningful Evaluation
Wednesday, May 1 - Thursday, May 2, 2019
St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center, Dover
$50 Registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.

Do you ever ask yourself, “Is my program designed to reach its goals?” or “How do I measure the performance of my existing program?” We would like to help you answer those questions.

This training addresses in detail the increasing demand for evidence of program accountability and impact by preparing participants for a meaningful evaluation. Participants will actively engage in creating a comprehensive evaluation plan. The purpose of the training is to provide an in depth understanding of the elements of evaluation, so that participants are able to make informed choices to create fundamentally sound evaluation plans for existing or longstanding programs.

Logic modeling is a concept at the heart of the effective program design and meaningful evaluation techniques taught in course. Participants in the workshop will be expected to understand logic modeling and are encouraged to bring a working or draft logic model built for your program with you to use during the workshop.
This workshop requires previous training in the development and use of logic models. If you have attended NOAA’s Planning Effective Projects workshop or you have other training in the development and use of logic models then you may attend this workshop.

Who should take this course:

County, municipal and community leaders, regional and municipal planners, state agency staff, natural resource managers, non-profit and academic-based collaborative supporters & organizers, and more. 
Tools and Resources
Delaware Climate Information Center
This brand new website is designed to be a one-stop shop for easy access to relevant and useful information for assessing impacts and preparing for climate change in Delaware. Types of resources and information available through the website include projects & reports, data, tools & applications, funding, agencies, and outreach & events. It is intended to be used by citizens, business owners, government officials, and scientists.

The website contains documents and tools that have been reviewed and screened by staff of the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal, and Energy and the University of Delaware Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Contents will be periodically updated.
Add it to your bookmarks!
 
If you have a suggestion for a resource that should be included in this collection, please feel free to submit content through our “ Add a Resource” form. 
Resources on the Delaware Climate Information Center can be searched for by keywords or titles, and then filtered by resource type, level and/or the agency or organization it is published by.

The resource title will then be displayed along with a short description of the item and links that can take you to a more in-depth description or directly to the resource's location.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, we encourage you to visit the Contact page.
Funding Opportunities
DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and Office of Environmental Finance, Division of Public Health now accepting proposals for wastewater, surface water and drinking water planning grants
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and Office of Environmental Finance, along with the Division of Public Health, are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments, and conservation districts for matching grants for wastewater, surface water, and drinking water project planning.

Eligible projects include planning, preliminary engineering and feasibility analysis of wastewater and/or drinking water projects; stormwater retrofits; green technology practices; stream and wetland restoration projects; small watershed studies; master surface water and drainage plans; and other source water pollution control projects.

Wastewater Planning Grants assist with wastewater infrastructure project planning and design necessary to submit a loan application for funding consideration. Surface Water Planning Grants support projects and activities that focus on reducing surface water runoff and improving water quality in impaired watersheds. Drinking Water Planning Grants help municipal water systems prepare for large, often-costly projects such as troubleshooting source water quality and proposing solutions, reconfiguring water plants to optimize treatment, and determining water main size and locations, among other activities.

Grant applications of up to $50,000 will be considered with a one-to-one cash match requirement. Up to 10 percent of the grant funds may be used for administrative costs. There is an annual cumulative grant award cap of $100,000 per successful applicant per fiscal year.

The Wastewater, Drinking Water, and Surface Water Matching Planning Grant programs are set-asides in the State’s Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) through a competitive grant process.
Project proposals from government entities are due by Nov. 7

For a Wastewater Matching Planning Grant, the project guidelines and the application can be found online at Wastewater Matching Planning Grant. Proposals must be submitted by email (less than 10 MB) to Greg.Pope@state.de.us.

For a Surface Water Matching Planning Grant, the project guidelines and the application can be found online at Surface Water Matching Planning Grant. Proposals must be submitted by email (less than 10 MB) to James.Sullivan@state.de.us.

For a Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant, the project guidelines and the application can be found online at Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant. Proposals must be submitted by email (less than 10 MB) to Heather.Warren@state.de.us.

For more information, please contact Greg Pope, Environmental Finance at 302-739-9941, Jim Sullivan, Division of Watershed Stewardship at 302-739-9922, or Heather Warren, DHSS Division of Public Health at 302-744-4739.
Community Environmental Project Fund Grant Application Availability
The Community Environmental Project Fund provides money to support the restoration of the environment in communities that were damaged by environmental pollution.

The Community Environmental Project Fund was created by the Delaware General Assembly in 2004 and allows the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to establish a grant fund by withholding 25% of funds collected as penalties for violations of environmental regulations. These funds are returned to the communities where the violations occurred as competitive grants to nonprofit organizations to support community environmental projects.

2019 Community Environmental Project Fund Grants
Applications are due by January 4, 2019.
Eligible community environmental projects must mitigate pollution, enhance the environment, or create recreational opportunities.
Find additional grant opportunities by searching the Delaware Database for Funding Resilient Communities!

Storm surges, nor’easters, heavy precipitation events, and sea level rise threaten municipalities around the state, and climate models predict that these hazards will increase in severity and frequency in the future. Financial assistance programs are available to support the implementation of projects to prepare for and adapt to these threats. The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware, with support from DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs office, compiled relevant financial assistance programs into a searchable web database for Delaware’s local governments. 
Guide to using the database 
As a part of our mission, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is committed to promoting informed decision making through the Delaware Coastal Training Program. This program addresses critical coastal resource management issues in Delaware by providing current scientific information, access to technologies and skill-building opportunities to Delawareans responsible for making decisions about the state's coastal resources. 

Requests for submittal: Have a great resource, training, or program that you want to share with Delaware community leaders and natural resources managers to help make our communities safer and more sustainable? Please submit information for inclusion in this e-newsletter to the contact below.
Kelly Valencik | Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve | 302-739-6377