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Final Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report in Del.

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DOVER, Del. – After three years of assessment, Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has approved recommendations for adapting to sea level rise in the state.

DNREC says the committee has released its third and final report, titled "Preparing for Tomorrow's High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware."

In it, DNREC says the committee recommends focusing on building the state's ability to make informed decisions about adaptation strategies, rather than pinpointing specific actions. The committee also recommended increased regulatory flexibility, devising long-term plans when it comes to sea level rise, increased public awareness, and improved data about flooding and saltwater intrusion.

The report is meant to guide statewide decisions about adapting to sea level rise and to help government agencies, businesses and individuals make well-informed decisions about preparing for and responding to sea level rise, according to DNREC.

The report also has background information about adaptation measures that can be taken to reduce vulnerability to sea level rise.

The committee was convened in November 2010 by DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara to investigate Delaware's vulnerability to sea level rise and how to best prepare for higher sea levels.

The committee was made up of 24 members from different stakeholder groups including state agencies, local governments, citizen organizations, business organizations and environmental organizations. This report is the committee's final assessment. Every recommendation was supported by at least two-thirds majority of advisory committee members.

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