SPONSOR:   

Rep. Q. Johnson & Sen. Ennis

 

Reps. Baumbach, Heffernan, J. Johnson, Kowalko, Osienski, Paradee, M. Smith, Walker, D.E. Williams, Wilson; Sens. McDowell, Sokola, Townsend

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

147th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 17

 

 

PROCLAIMING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2013, AS SEA-LEVEL RISE AWARENESS WEEK IN DELAWARE.

 


 


                WHEREAS, Delaware has the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation and 381 miles of shoreline; and

                WHEREAS, Delaware’s shoreline has visibly retreated at a rate of 6-33 feet a year between 1969 to 2007; and

                WHEREAS, according to Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Vulnerability Assessment, if we experience 1.5 meters of sea-level rise, 11% of Delaware’s land mass would be inundated; and

                WHEREAS, three feet of sea-level rise would impact over 15,000 homes; and

                WHEREAS, Delaware’s natural barriers such as wetlands and coastal sand dunes are and will continue to be significantly impacted; and

                WHEREAS, sea-level rise would impact our drinking water, wastewater, tourism, industrial sites, farmland, natural resources, wildlife habitat, and residents; and

                WHEREAS, the impacts of sea-level rise go beyond environmental concerns, affecting Delaware jobs and economy; and

                WHEREAS, preparing for sea-level rise will help Delaware prepare for increased nor’easters and storm surges; and

                WHEREAS, designating a week in September for sea-level rise awareness will increase the awareness, education and knowledge of Delaware residents;

                NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 147th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that we do proclaim September 14 through September 22, 2013, as Sea-Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware, and call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


SYNOPSIS

This concurrent resolution proclaims the week of September 14 through September 22, 2013, to be “Sea-Level Rise Awareness Week.”