in 1998, the Inland BaysTributary Action Team was the first in
Delaware, so the process of developing pollution controls has been
a learning experience --- one that has helped guide later Tributary
was formed by the Center for the Inland Bays, which wanted the public
to help create a plan for reducing nutrient pollution to the Inland
Bays. In 1999, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Control joined the effort and the team's mission evolved
into the task of recommending a Pollution Control Strategy for achieving
nutrient reductions called for by the newly established TMDLs.
our team split into three teams, one each for Assawoman Bay, Indian
River Bay and Rehoboth Bay. In 2000, the three teams merged into
one Inland Bays team. Team membership is wide-ranging, as it includes
mayors, business owners, environmentalists, farmers, retirees and
a number of long-standing challenges as it developed its Pollution
Control Strategy: a long history of ineffective cleanup efforts,
conflicts between the interests of the tourism and agricultural
industries, and skepticism about the process itself. Representing
numerous interests, team members have dedicated themselves to authoring
an effective Pollution Control Strategy that will benefit all residents
of the watershed.
assistance from the Center for
the Inland Bays and the University
of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service and Marine
Advisory Service, we've developed an in-depth issue book, thousands
of which were distributed throughout the community in order to promote
attendance at public forums. The forums received significant media
attention as citizens and team members worked through the many complex
issues that make up the water-pollution problem.
visit the Tributary
Action Strategy section of the Center for the Inland Bays web
site for more information.