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October 21, 2022
On Friday, October 7th, Delaware elected officials gathered in downtown Seaford to explore the city’s innovative green infrastructure practices as part of the Alliance’s first Wandering Delaware’s Waterways walking tour.
Neighboring the Nanticoke River, one of the most pristine tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, the historic city of Seaford, Delaware continues to redevelop with local character and clean water in mind – making it the perfect place to start.
In collaboration with the Sussex County Association of Towns, Delaware League of Local Governments, and the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), the Wandering Delaware’s Waterways event convened just over 30 local elected officials representing nearly 15 of the state’s counties and municipalities including Seaford Mayor David Genshaw and Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent. Also in attendance were United States Senator Tom Carper (from Delaware), State Senator Bryant Richardson, and State Representative Daniel Short.
From the downtown center to the river, elected officials explored:
Seaford Riverwalk. Photo courtesy of the City of Seaford.
Elements of these initiatives were done in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, but community support and buy-in was especially significant. Trisha Newcomer, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations for the city of Seaford, explained that various projects invited residents to be involved in the planning processes. Greening Conwell Street, for example, was designed with safety in mind as many community members faced anxieties over damage to local businesses, traffic patterns and pedestrian vulnerability.
On the other hand, the Riverwalk project is a great example of how green initiatives can provide local communities with multiple investment returns. In addition to the subsequent environmental benefits of the project, Newcomer explained how the Riverwalk will also allow for increased ability to recreate on the Nanticoke, including but not limited to, access to its boating and fishing docks, but also enhance the community’s respect for the waterway. Investing in the environment as well as sustainable outdoor recreation can favorably stimulate the local economy and development.
The Alliance’s Wandering Waterways series are peer-to-peer learning and exchange opportunities for local elected officials with a goal to increase local officials’ capacity to undertake actions that protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and build relationships across jurisdictions.
The series hopes to revisit Delaware in 2023.
Watch the full recap video of the Wandering Delaware’s Waterways tour, provided by the Delaware League of Governments, here!
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