Protecting the Inland Bays: A Waterfront Property Guide

Owning a waterfront property—whether along the shores of the Inland Bays, a tributary of the Bays, or even a stormwater pond—can present its own set of challenges. The following educational publication offers guidance on how to protect and enhance your investment while promoting healthy shorelines and nearshore areas, water quality, and habitats for both people and wildlife. It addresses some of the most persistent threats facing the Inland Bays and their watershed, and how you can help care for our shared paradise in a way that benefits you, your family, and your community.

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Local Vendors Offering Native Plant Options:

East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro, DE

Roots Landscaping & Garden Center
36226 Dupont Blvd., Selbyville, DE

Delmarva Native Plants

Sussex Conservation District’s online store

Inland Bays Garden Center
38320 Muddy Neck Road, Frankford, DE

Further Reading…

These books have been hand-selected to help you learn more about our Inland Bays watershed.

Anything marked with an asterisk is *Great to read to children, yet informative for adults.

Between the Ocean and Bay: A Natural History of Delmarva, by Jane Scott

A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, by Harry Thurston

Between Ocean and Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore, by Jim Clark

Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, by Joan Maloof

Delaware Trees, by William S. Taber

Common Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Coast: A Field Guide, by Gene M. Silberhorn

Horseshoe Crab Biography of a Survivor, by Anthony D. Fredericks

*Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story of a Foodweb, by Victoria Cresson and Annie Cannon

*Crab Moon, by Ruth Horwitz

Birds of Delaware (Pitt Series in Nature and Natural History), by Gene Hess and Richard West

*Red Knot: A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey, by Nancy Carol Wilis

The Flight of the Red Knot: A Natural History Account of a Small Bird’s Annual Migration from the Artic
Circle to the Tip of South America and Back, by Brian Harrington

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, by Deborah Cramer

Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History, by Judith S. Weis and Carol A. Butler

*A Journey into an Estuary, by Rebecca L. Johnson

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