The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program announced the launch of the Delaware Freshwater Wetland Toolbox, an online tool that aids Delaware landowners in locating wetlands that may exist on their property.
The Freshwater Wetland Toolbox allows landowners to scroll through six wetland “hot topics” including: wetland mapping viewer, identify wetlands, benefits, tidal vs. non-tidal, help wetlands, get a free gift and contacts. The first stop on the site, mapped wetlands, allows users to input an address into a map viewer and zoom into the specified location to see if wetlands may be present.
In addition to the interactive map, landowners can find key identifying features of wetlands using the checklist, “Discovering Wetlands.” The checklist can be carried outdoors to help find signs of wetlands in a landscape. Meanwhile, landowners are reminded that the map and checklist only summarize wetlands, as DNREC encourages the hiring of a professional to perform actual wetland delineations.
Landowners also can sign up on the website to make the wetland protection promise and receive a free Delaware wetlands gift by pledging to do three tasks in their daily lives. Tasks listed include choosing to landscape with native plants, disposing of trash in the proper locations, avoiding building on wetland areas and volunteering for an annual cleanup or planting event.
Also available to landowners with a wetland area on their property is a free wetland health check by DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program staff, who will point out what might be stressing to wetlands on a property and how to make them healthier.
To use the online tool, visit arcg.is/2oS5Kjn.
For information, call 739-9939.