Status and Progress

In 1996, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) became the founding document of the Delaware Estuary Program. The CCMP established the first goals and targets for healthy habitats, clean water, and a high quality of life for residents of the Delaware Estuary. The Plan includes a list of action items (Word file), 77 in all with additional sub-actions, each with a different mix of people and organizations working on them. In some cases, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is directly involved in implementing actions. In other cases, we encourage and support the actions of others.

Much has changed since 1996, including many plans and programs that advanced the original vision of the CCMP. In an effort to make the CCMP a living document, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) works with the Estuary Implementation Committee to track progress on implementing CCMP actions. In 2012, that progress was summarized as part of an assessment of the State of the Estuary. The items below update and build upon the original structure of the CCMP. The CCMP is still the core guiding document for the Delaware Estuary Program, but it is also a living document with the following additions. Some of these contributions were made directly by Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and others were initiated by our partners in the wider Delaware Estuary Program.

Land Management

L2 – Support Watershed Based Planning, Identification of Land Use/Land Cover Patterns, Identification of Critical Areas, Tributary Watershed Ranking, Reports on Demonstration Projects

Ongoing

L3 – Implementation of CZARA Management Measures

Ongoing

L6 – Identify and Support Greenspace Program Plans to Protect Natural Resource Areas Related to the Estuary

Ongoing

L7 – Support Environmental Agreements among Municipalities and Counties

L8 – Develop Environmental Guidelines for County Master Plans and Encourage and Provide Incentives for Municipal Conformance; Guidelines for County Plans; Coordination to Assess Multi-jurisdictional Impacts; Incentives for Implementation of County Plans

L9 – Expand State and/or Regional Planning and Technical Guidance to Local Governments: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Ongoing

L10 – Establish a Land Use Planner Circuit Rider

Ongoing

L11 – Continue or Expand Municipal Planning Grants Program

Ongoing

L13 – Establish and/or Increase Support for Mapping/ GIS Activities, PA Pilot System, Data Interpretation, Local Government Assistance

Ongoing

L14 – Develop Sustainable Development Business/Industry Incentive Programs

L15 – Encourage and Support Compact Development as an Element of Comprehensive Planning for Communities, Regulation Review, Implementation of Local, Ordinances, Promotion of Compact Development

Ongoing

L16 – Develop Policies and Incentives to Encourage Redevelopment in Previously Developed Areas; Evaluation of Existing Policies/Tri State Forum; Regulatory and Funding Program Revisions

L17 – Develop Policy Options to Address the Tax Revenue Impact of Conservation Lands on Municipalities

L18 – Develop Self Assessment Techniques and an Awards Program to Encourage Municipalities to Adopt Environmentally Sensitive Planning, Zoning, and Site Development Practices

Progress Identified:

Water Use Management

W1 – Promote Implementation of Water Conservation Rate Structures/Conservation Retrofitting Programs by Water/Wastewater Utilities

Ongoing

W2 – Conduct Studies for Tributary Watersheds Experiencing Stream Diminution Problems

W3 – Encourage Water Utilities to Utilize Water Conservation Techniques and Conjunctive Use Methods to Prevent Long Term Lowering of Groundwater Levels,Supplements to Base Allocations from PRM Aquifer, Decreased Reliance on Triassic Aquifers

Ongoing

W5 – Encourage Water and Wastewater Utilities to Conduct Integrated Resource Plans

Ongoing

W6 – Support Efforts to Ensure Freshwater Flows to the Estuary to Meet Water Supply Needs to the Year 2020

Ongoing

W7- 1)Encourage Coordination of Dredging Activities and Priorities and the Management of Dredged Material Within the Region; 2)High Use Recreational Area Access; 3)Information Exchange on New Dredging Projects; 4)Dredged Material Management Plan

Progress Identified:

UPDATED – Action 7.5. See ‘Updates‘ tab.

W8 – Utilize RIMS for Information Management that Facilitates Port Operations and Safety

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab.

W9 – Support Private Sector Efforts on Oil Spill Response and Pollution Prevention

W10 – Develop, Publish, and Implement a Comprehensive Public Access Management Strategy; Inventory of Public Access Points; Listing of Regional Public Access Deficiencies and Concerns; Public Access Management Issues and Appropriate Tools

W11 – Inventory Available Pump Out Stations and Address Any Identified Deficiencies

Ongoing

W12 – Develop and Implement Strategies to achieve the “Fishable/Swim-able” Goals of the Clean Water Act; DEM Model Replacement; Control Strategies for Wastewater Facilities and CSOs; Implement Strategy to achieve ‘fishable/ swimmable’ goals of the Clean Water Act

Habitat & Living Resources

H1 – Assure Compliance with Existing Interstate Species Management Plans and Prepare Plans for Additional Appropriate Species; Existing Interstate Species Management Plan; Species for which Interstate Management Plans or more Enforcement of Existing Plans are Needed

H2 – Establish a Procedure for Enhancing Compatibility among Species Management Plans; Identification of Implementation Team; Estuary wide Priorities and Strategies to Address Conflicts

Progress Identified:

H3 – Develop a Natural Community Classification System to Assist in the Protection of these Communities, Classification Descriptions, Mapping of Community Elements, Status and Ranking

Ongoing

H4 – Coordinate and Enhance Wetlands Management within the Estuary; Estuary Wetlands Management Plan; State Wetlands Management Plans; Coordinated Compliance and Enforcement Program; Reduction of Cumulative Losses of Wetlands; Upland Buffer Zones; Mitigation Banks; Other Viable Restoration Concepts; Enhanced State Protection of Freshwater Wetlands

H5 – Target Habitat Enhancement Opportunities for Present and Future Action; Phragmites: Reduction in Tidal Wetlands; Salt Marsh Mosquito Control; Restoration of Tidal Wetland Impoundments; Artificial Reefs; Shorebird Viewing Areas and Ambassador Programs; Sand Mining Sites; Fish Passage Restoration; Oyster Reef Enhancement

H6 – Develop and Implement an Estuary wide Policy to Evaluate Proposed Intentional Introductions of Exotic Species and Prevent Unintentional Ones

Ongoing

H7 – Develop Measures to Protect Shoreline and Littoral Habitats that are Threatened by Sea Level Change; Identification of Sea Level Changes and Mitigation Strategies; Techniques to Prevent Tidal Wetlands Losses; Prevention of Emergent Tidal Wetlands Loss

H8 – Facilitate Coordination among the States to Update and Improve Environmental Sensitivity Index Mapping for Hazardous Spill Response Information

Ongoing

H9 – Consider Priority Species in Regulatory Reviews and Environmental Impact Statements

Ongoing

Toxics
T1 – Implement a Toxics Management Strategy to Assist Environmental Managers in Developing Regional Prevention and Control Strategies

T3 – Develop and Adopt Uniform Water Quality Criteria for Toxic Pollutants Which Will Be Used by Regulatory Agencies to Regulate Point and Non-point Sources, Water Quality Criteria for the Tidal River (Zones 2 to 5), State Water Quality Regulations, Water Quality Criteria for the Bay (Zone 6)

Ongoing

T4 – Implement Phased Limits on Toxic Pollutants Using the TMDL Concept; Procedures for TMDL Process for the Tidal River (Zones 2 to 5); Formal Determination of WLAs; Permit Limits for Toxics Using WLAs; Identification of Loadings and Estimates from Landfills; Non-point Source Loading Estimates; TMDL (including pollution allotment trading options); Formal Determination of WLAs and Las; Permit Limits for Toxics using WLAs and Las

T5 – Identify the Sources of Contaminated Sediments and Identify Control Strategies and Mitigation Alternatives, Identification of Major Source Categories, Recommendations to Fill Data Gaps, Identification of Alternative Strategies and Costs

Ongoing

T6 – Develop a Uniform Program for Issuing Fish/Shellfish Consumption Advisories, Establishment of Implementation Team, Procedures for Uniform Methods, Discussion of Health Risk Procedures, Health Risk Assessments, Management Options for Consumption Advisories, Coordination of Risk Communications

Ongoing

Education & Involvement

E2 – Hold and Attend Public Meetings and Workshops

Ongoing

E3 – Continue Holding Annual Events to Raise Public Awareness of the Estuary

Ongoing

E4 – Develop Educational Initiatives in Support of the Land Management Action Plan

Ongoing

E5 – Develop Educational Initiatives in Support of the Water Use Action Plan

Ongoing

E6 – Develop Educational Initiatives in Support of the Habitat and Living Resources Action Plan

E9 – Determine Priority Educational Messages and Targeted Audiences

Ongoing

E10 – Promote Ecotourism in the Estuarine Region

Ongoing

E11 – Encourage Use of Citizen Monitoring Activities And Best Available Technology for Monitoring

Ongoing

E12 – Promote “Hands On” Educational Activities and Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities

Ongoing

E13 – Support Floating Classrooms

Ongoing

E14 – Develop and Publish Outreach Articles in Trade Magazines and Journals

Ongoing

E15 – Meet the Demand for Existing and New Publications that will Increase Public Awareness

Ongoing

E16 – Utilize Electronic Bulletin Boards to Disseminate Information

Progress Identified:

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab

E17 – Establish Estuarine Resource Sections Within Existing Libraries and Environmental Centers

Ongoing

E18 – Organize and Implement Storm Drain Stenciling Programs

Ongoing

E19 – Urge School Administrators to Incorporate Estuary Education in Curricula and Establish Challenge Grants

E20 – Develop and Place Permanent Estuary Displays

Ongoing

E21 – Develop a Mascot for the Estuary

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab

E22 – Establish a Delaware Estuary Environmental Badge

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab

E23 – Develop and Place Watershed Signs on Roadways and Promote Watershed Education

Ongoing

Monitoring

M1 – Establish an Interim Monitoring Advisory Group

Ongoing

M2 – Establish a Permanent Monitoring Implementation Team

Ongoing

M3 – Establish the Office of Monitoring and Mapping Coordination

Ongoing

M4 – Implement the Minimal Monitoring Program

Ongoing

M5 – Implement the Expanded Monitoring Program

Ongoing

Regional Information Management Service (RIMS)

R1 – Implement RIMS on a Pilot Scale for One Year

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab

R2 – Implement RIMS in Expanded Form

UPDATED – See ‘Updates‘ tab