Watch 'Wetlands and Sea Level Rise' video on YouTube

January 8, 2014

The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship recently posted the third installment to the Wetlands 101 online video series, which provides introductory information to viewers about wetlands.

The newest installment, “Wetlands and Sea Level Rise,” focuses on the effects rising seas will have on wetlands in Delaware and looks at projects DNREC is completing to combat the losses. The video visits several coastal locations threatened by flooding and erosion, and highlights shoreline stabilization and marsh replenishment projects in use to sustain area coasts for the future. Wetlands are the first line of defense against rising water levels and strong storm surges. Coastal development and physical barriers may leave these wetlands with nowhere to go as water levels continue to rise.

Wetlands comprise approximately 25 percent of Delaware’s land area and are enormously valuable to citizens' clean water and way of life. Each year, more wetlands are degraded and destroyed when they are filled and converted to other land uses. The Wetlands 101 series strives to highlight the importance of wetlands and what makes them unique.

In addition to the “Wetlands 101” series, the Delaware DNREC YouTube Channel offers more than 50 fun, interesting and educational videos, taking viewers from fishing at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County to the Go Ape adventure course at Lums Pond State Park in New Castle County. Viewers also can learn about visits from snowy owls and habitat restoration at Mirror Lake. Most of these videos are written and produced in-house by the DNREC Office of Public Affairs.

To view "Wetlands & Sea Level Rise” and other DNREC videos on YouTube, go to