Welcome to the Inland Bays Foundation

November 7, 2014 meeting of Holt’s Landing State Park “Friends” non profit group on a chilly and windy day.

Holts LandingThere is good news: the Friends Group is growing in members and money. There is much work to do on the park and the Group discussed many of the upcoming renewal projects including re-vitalizing the Boat ramp and the hiking Trails. A well respected local business person and the Boy Scout Troop will be beginning work soon. The “Friends” Group is modeled after the Cape Henlopen “Friends Group and is supported by the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and the Inland Bays Foundation. If you’d like to learn more, volunteer or donate (non profit) please contact Chuck Schonder at cschonder3@gmail.com. Chuck needs your help!

Cape Gazette Gave Us Great Coverage of the Inland Bays Dinner and Governor Markell's Environmental Advocacy Award

Inland Bays Foundation, league honor effort to restore bays, waterways

By Maddy Lauria | Nov 05, 2014

Govenor Jack Markell

Gov. Jack Markell, center, recently received an environmental advocacy award from the Inland Bays Foundation, represented by President Ron Wuslich, left, and the League of Women Voters of Sussex County, represented by President Jane Lord.

LEWES — The General Assembly may not be supportive of Gov. Jack Markell's proposal to raise funds for his Clean Water for Delaware's Future initiative, but the League of Women Voters of Sussex County and the Inland Bays Foundation recently commended him for his efforts.

The two nonpartisan organizations invited Markell to their Love Our Inland Bays dinner at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes Oct. 16 to present him with an environmental advocacy award for his efforts.

But before receiving the award, the governor had a few words to say about his currently tabled proposal to clean up Delaware's waterways.

“We should be optimistic about the future, but only if this issue stays at the forefront of the state,” Markell said.

He cited current environmental projects at Mirror Lake in Dover, Pepper Creek wetlands and the redevelopment of brownfields across the state as a handful of examples of how investing in Delaware's waterways can pay off.

“It took us a long time to get into this current situation, and the work to repair the damage is going to long outlast my administration, which is all the more reason that it is important for us to start now,” Markell said.

Markell introduced the clean water initiative in March 2014, proposing an increase in property taxes to partially fund roughly $800 million worth of wastewater, stormwater and drinking water projects throughout the state. Markell traveled throughout the First State earlier this year to advocate for the Clean Water for Delaware's Future proposal, citing 377 bodies of water in Delaware that are impaired, leading to advisories that fish are unsafe to eat in more than 30 waterways statewide.

Inland Bays Foundation President Ron Wuslich said he was impressed by the governor's willingness to admit that Delaware must take action to protect its waters.

“In my 30 years of living here, I haven't seen someone make that kind of statement,” Wuslich said. “We're trying to show the support for his effort to clean up Delaware's water.”

“He was a crusader last year,” said David Small, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control secretary.

“We will continue to be very aggressive to try to meet these challenges,” he added.

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(Left) Lewes resident Henry Glowiak, left, Millsboro resident Dotty Lecates and Bethany Beach resident John Schmidtlein show their support for cleaning up Delaware's waters at a Love Our Inland Bays dinner Oct. 16. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

(Right) Peggy Schultz of the League of Women Voters of Delaware and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small chat before listening to Gov. Jack Markell's presentation about clean water at a recent Love Our Inland Bays dinner at Irish Eyes in Lewes. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

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Left) Supporters of clean water in Delaware (l-r) RuthAnn Barnes, State Senate District 6 candidate Claire Snyder-Hall, Nancy Cabrera-Santos and Sussex County Council District 4 candidate Shirley Price enjoy a meal at Irish Eyes Oct. 16 before listening to a presentation by Gov. Jack Markell. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

(Right)Sussex County Councilman George Cole, left, and Frank Piorko, director of DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship, are shown at a Love Our Inland Bays dinner Oct. 16, which recognized Gov. Jack Markell for his efforts to clean up Delaware's waterways. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

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(Left) League of Women Voters of Sussex County President Jane Lord introduces Gov. Jack Markell at the Love Our Inland Bays dinner in Lewes Oct. 16. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

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Speaker of the House State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, left, shares a few thoughts before Gov. Jack Markell takes the podium at the Love Our Inland Bays dinner on Oct. 16. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)

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Gov. Jack Markell shares his passion for cleaning up Delaware's waterways during a Love Our Inland Bays dinner at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes Oct.16. (Photo by: Maddy Lauria)


The Inland Bays serve as a valuable recreational asset for residents and visitors, and as a diverse habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic life. We hope to educate the public on the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed in Sussex County Delaware protecting wildlife, water fowl and sandy beaches for us all.

Help Us to Keep You Informed

Your generous donation will assist us in our efforts by helping to fund this website, our participation at environmental events, etc.

Join us so we can count on you to be a supporter of our efforts to advocate and if necessary litigate to achieve our goals of clean waters in our watershed. We need for the Foundation to have a larger voice through increased membership and funding!

Annual membership per family or individual is $25.

"Please take the time to view the YouTube video: Clean Water for Delaware's Future prepared by the Governor- Jack Markell (and undoubtedly with the assistance of DNREC) early in 2014. It shows violent agreement with the views of The Inland Bays Foundation that much more could be done to clean the waters of Delaware, perhaps without busting the budget.