DNREC hosts climate change meeting in Wilmington

By Tom Lehman 12:39pm, July 31, 2013 - Updated 9:45pm, July 31, 2013
DNREC hosts a meeting to raise awareness on the effects of climate change in Wilmington Wednesday night.

WDEL's Tom Lehman has more.

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DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara tells WDEL that the effects of climate change, particularly sea level rise, could have a major impact around the state.

"Delaware is among the most vulnerable states in the entire country because we're so low lying," O'Mara said. "There's actually 381 miles of coast if you include every nook and cranny."

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O'Mara thinks it's important to bring together state, county and local agencies along with the public to discuss the issue.

"It really is going to take an all hands-on-deck approach," he said. "This isn'ta Republican or Democratic issue. When there's an extreme storm, they're not going to check the party registration of the neighborhood."

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O'Mara says sea level rise and storm surge could jeopardize infrastructure in coastal cities as well as communities like Southbridge in Wilmington. He says those communities have already experienced times when there is multiple feet of flooding after heavy rains during the last few months.

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