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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays released its 2016 State of the Delaware Inland Bays today at the Hyatt in Dewey Beach.

This was the group's second report, after an initial comprehensive assessment in 2011. The group used 35 different environmental indicators to determine the health of the bays.

According to the report, indicators show that Delaware has stalled when it comes to preserving and restoring natural habitat areas. It also says water quality in the bays remains at the "fair to poor" level.

The report says the largest source of nutrient pollution in the bays are "nonpoint sources" like fertilizers, animal waste and storm water runoff. But the report also highlights significant decreases in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering bays from point sources (like waste water treatment plants). It also says of the original 13 point source discharges into the bays, only two remain-- the Allen Harim facility near the Indian River, and the City of Rehoboth Beach's wastewater treatment plant, which will cease in 2018. Executive Director Chris Bason is optimistic for the bays' future.

"The good news is we are seeing continued improvements in the pollution coming into the inland bays," he says. "It continues to be reduced by sacrifices and commitments of our communities in the water shed."

The report also says the center is seeing climate change impact the state's water, saying they're seeing increased flooding, shoreline erosion and the drowning of tidal wetlands as a result. 

The full report can be found here. 

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