Aside from providing scenic vistas, serving recreational purposes, and fueling Delaware's ecotourism economy, wetlands have many other important functions. They clean and replenish our drinking waters, provide habitat and food for wildlife, absorb floodwaters, and protect our coasts from storm damage and sea level rise.
Ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter less than 10 microns, particulate matter less than 2.5 microns, and lead are considered criteria pollutants because of their impact on human health and welfare.
DNREC is always looking for better ways to provide citizens with the most accurate and timely air quality data. This moveable monitoring platform can collect data in areas without permanent monitoring stations.
With 25% of Delaware's land area consisting of wetland habitat and the continual loss of wetlands due to sea level rise and development, it is important to understand how healthy our remaining wetlands are.