Delaware gets $19 million for water research
As the country’s lowest-lying state, Delaware is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels — and the influence of saltwater on the wildlife that depends on freshwater wetlands. What’s more, water quality throughout the state is poor.
More than 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways are polluted, according to a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control study cited by the University of Delaware’s Kent Messer.
Now, Messer is leading a massive research project seeking a solution to the state’s water woes — with the help of the National Science Foundation, that has awarded the effort $19 million over the next five years to fund the work.
And, since every good government program needs a creative acronym, this effort has been dubbed Project WICCED, which stands for Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware. A cooperative endeavor of the University of Delaware, Delaware State, Delaware Tech and Wesley College, Project WICCED will assess threats to the state’s water quality and develop technical and public policy solutions to those threats.
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