Much has changed since the Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) was created in 1996. In an effort to make the CCMP a living document, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) works with the Estuary Implementation Committee to periodically identify CCMP actions for which updates are most needed and feasible. The following updates were approved in 2014.
In 2014, this action was updated to replace “Electronic Bulletin Boards” with “Websites” to reflect that fact that the utility of an electronic bulletin board has been replaced by the use of websites. This action is being accomplished by the PDE Website (www.DelawareEstuary.org) and other partner websites that disseminate information about the Estuary. Statistics on web visits and downloads are reported in the PDE’s annual work plan, which is approved by the Estuary Implementation Committee each year.
E21 – Develop a Mascot for the Estuary
In 2014, this action was eliminated because it’s outdated. A Horseshoe Crab Harry mascot was developed and used in outreach materials for a period of time. PDE is engaged in an ongoing effort (with partners) to identify and employ new tools for connecting with key audiences, including kids and teachers.
E22 – Establish a Delaware Estuary Environmental Badge
In 2014, this action was eliminated because it’s outdated. PDE is engaged in an ongoing effort (with partners) to identify and employ new tools for connecting with key audiences, including kids and teachers.
W7.5 – Support the Regional Sediment Management Plan
A Regional Sediment Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary was completed in 2013 to link interests regarding navigation/commerce, flood control, and ecosystem restoration for the watershed. It recommends numerous actions to also improve communication amongst stakeholders and the public, develop better technology to manage impacts from dredging, develop a better understanding of the processes that impact the sources, transport and fate of sediment in the system, and to promote the sustainable beneficial use of dredged material in ecological restoration projects. Implementation of the RSMP will be facilitated by the RSM workgroup whose focus is to work collaboratively on projects that align with regional sediment management.
W8 – Utilize RIMS for Information Management that Facilitates Port Operations and Safety
In 2014, this action was eliminated because it’s longer applicable. The RIMS system is no longer functional and port operations and safety needs are now being met through other means.
R1 – Implement RIMS on a Pilot Scale for One Year
In 2014, this action was eliminated because it’s longer applicable. Efforts were made to pilot the use of RIMS early on in the life of the program but the RIMS system is no longer functional.
R2 – Implement RIMS in Expanded Form
In 2014, this action was eliminated because it’s longer applicable, since RIMS is no longer functional. However, the concepts behind RIMS are still warranted and should be incorporated into other monitoring plans/systems developed for the Estuary, including (but not limited to) the Delaware Estuary Watershed to Ocean Observing System proposed as a pilot in 2007.