EPA Scientist to Present on Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change at the Inland Bays Citizen’s Meeting

Indian River Inlet, DE:   In recognition of Sea Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will host Dr. Jonathan D. Essoka, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its September meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the CIB office on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge, and the public is welcome to attend.

The theme of this year’s Sea Level Rise Awareness Week is adapting to sea level rise through green and natural solutions and will highlight how local communities and environmental organizations have been implementing projects to improve Delaware’s resiliency to a rising sea level.

Dr. Essoka will provide an overview of the EPA’s efforts to implement sustainable policies and practices, particularly in the areas of water, climate change and communities; specifically, those actions that promote sustainability for water resources, community health and climate effects.

He will address local effects from future climate change scenarios and how EPA Region 3 initiatives can assist regional and local planning efforts to adapt to these projections.  He’ll provide examples of organizations and communities responding to these threats by adopting practices that will help them to become more sustainable.


With the lowest average land elevation in the U.S. at only 60 feet above sea level, and 381 miles of shoreline, coastal communities in Delaware are already experiencing the impacts of sea level rise.  A calendar of events, a variety of resources, and links to all of the organizations sponsoring Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week can be found at www.SOSDelaware.org.

The Inland Bays Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a standing committee of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. Its members represent a cross-section of communities and interest groups in the Inland Bays watershed and are charged with bringing issues of public concern related to protection of the Inland Bays and its watershed to the CIB Board. The committee welcomes all interested people to their meetings and hopes that many will consider joining in this important work.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays and its watershed.  With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry and sponsors research.  For more information call Sally Boswell at 226-8105, or email at outreach@inlandbays.org  or, go to our website at www.inlandbays.org