EPA scientist to discuss sustainability in face of climate change

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, Sept. 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.

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 the projections. He’ll provide examples of organizations and communities responding to the 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,” CIB representatives noted.

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.

For more information on the CIB and its events, call Sally Boswell at (302) 226-8105, email outreach@inlandbays.org or go to the website at www.inlandbays.org.