citizens on Delaware's Tributary Action Teams, have to develop ways
to improve water quality in our rivers and bays --- partly in response
to a federal lawsuit, but also because we want to protect these
valuable resources for our recreational and commercial use, and
for future generations.
federal court case required Delaware to set pollution limits for
its waterways. These limits are called "Total Maximum Daily
Loads" or TMDLs, a term you will hear a lot in water pollution
discussions. In order to meet these new pollution limits, we are
developing ways to reduce water pollution.
citizens don't get involved in this process until after government
agencies develop pollution-control strategies --- and this can lead
to opposition to the proposals. But Delaware is taking a new course
with the Tributary Team process --- by getting citizens involved
in sorting out the difficult issues, wrestling with the trade-offs
and developing ways to reduce pollution, we hope the strategies
will have greater support in the communities they affect. The Tributary
Team concept, introduced in Delaware by the Center for the Inland
Bays, is an exciting opportunity for you to make a big difference
in the health of the environment.
your help as we develop Pollution Control Strategies for our watersheds.
We will have assistance from the Whole
Basin Management Program of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Control, but we need to hear from you first.
more about your Tributary Action team, and how you can help, click
on the name of your watershed in the list above left, or click on
your location on the map to the left.