All State Policies: Delaware
Below are short descriptions of relevant state agencies/departments by policy topic, followed by more information on specific policies.
Drinking Water: Delaware’s Office of Drinking Water is housed in the Department of Health and Social Services, with the mission of assuring safe drinking water through comprehensive monitoring, technical assistance and public education. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)’s Division of Water manages and protects Delaware’s water resources. It provides technical assistance, laboratory services, and regulatory guidance and implementation.
Bolstering CWA Protections
Clean Water for Delaware Act (HB 200)
Passed with unanimous bipartisan support, the Clean Water for Delaware Act recommends increased funding for low-income and underserved communities and prioritizes green infrastructure to improve water quality and reduce pollution in waterways. The original synopsis of the bill states, “The Clean Water for Delaware Act establishes a framework for assessing needs and planning and implementing projects that support Delaware’s efforts to improve the quality of the State’s water supply and waterways. A Delaware Clean Water Trust account is created as a funding source for executing projects highlighted by this framework. The Trust account will have oversight from the Clean Water Trust Oversight Committee (the “Committee”). The Committee will draw upon recommendations from the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, (WIAC), the county Conservation Districts’, experts in the effected Cabinet agencies and other public input with the goal of assisting municipal and county governments and others in implementing affordable water quality projects. The Committee is required to develop and publish an Annual Report and multi-year Strategic Plan for Clean Water with annual updates.”