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Friends of Holts Landing State Park Created

Holt's Landing

Present at the signing of the memorandum of understanding are in back (l-r) Doug Long, superintendent of Delaware Seashore State Park; Chuck Schonder, IBF Holts Landing coordinator, and Ray Bivens, Delaware State Parks director; seated are Ron Wuslich, IBF president and Shirley Price, vice president, Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation.

The official signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Parks Division, the Inland Bays Foundation and the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation creating the Friends of Holts Landing State Park took place Oct. 8 at the South Coastal Library.

Ray Bivens, state parks director, explained that improvements to Holts Landing State Park would start soon. Sen. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, has secured $300,000 for dredging the boat ramp area and interim improvements to the boat ramp. Bivens said the Parks Division will get a professional planner to determine a list of improvements and pricing.

He also said civic organizations might help sponsor improvements such as a playground. Superintendent Doug Long of Delaware Seashore State Park gave an overview of what’s been accomplished and how the Friends of Holts Landing State Park has reached out to scouts with projects they can do to enhance the park as well as satisfy award requirements for the scouts. Friends of Holts Landing State Park plan to join with other nonprofit groups to raise the awareness and use of the park without degrading it or losing its special natural feeling.

Information on the Friends of Holts Landing State Park is available by contacting Chuck Schonder, project coordinator, at cschonder3@gmail.com.

Delaware Governor Markell Receives Award

Govenor Jack Markell

Delaware Governor Markell receives the very first annual Environmental Advocacy award from the League of Women Voters President Jane Lord and the Inland bays Foundation President Ron Wuslich at tonight's packed dinner in Lewes, Delaware. The Governor was introduced by the Delaware Speaker of the House- Pete Schwartzkopf. The Governor spoke intensely about his "Clean Water Initiative".

Mark your Calendar for the “Love Our Inland Bays Dinner”

Gov. Markell

Dear Friends of Delaware's Inland Bays:

The inland bays foundation and the league of women voters invite you to join us and Governor Markell at Irish Eyes restaurant in Lewes on October 16th for our " Love Our Inland Bays Dinner". Get the details for this event...

Regrettably, each of our Inland Bays are impaired ( polluted ) and do not meet the "fishable and swimmable" criteria established by the 1972 Clean Water Act. in fact, 94 % of Delaware's waterways do not support healthy fish and aquatic life and 86 % of Delaware's waters are not safe for swimming. these statistics place Delaware in the minority in as much as 60% of our nation's assessed waters do, repeat, do support aquatic life uses.

Last winter, Governor Markell introduced an initiative called " Clean Water for Delaware's Future." unfortunately, it was not a priority with our state's general assembly because it was an election year. Our dinner will give our Governor an opportunity to pre sell his initiative prior to the reconvening of the state legislature. The citizens of Delaware deserve fishable and swimmable waters just as much as the majority of americans who already have it.

So, please join us on October 16th at Irish Eyes in Lewes along with 159 other Delawareans and show your support for " fishable and swimmable " waters for our Inland Bays.

Thank You, Ron Wuslich,President Inland Bays Foundation

"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. If you attend the above dinner with the Governor you will have an opportunity to hear the latest about his " Clean Water Initiative" outlined at this link and meet the folks from the Foundation and the League of Women Voters who support the call for clean waters in our state."

Click here to fill out the attendance form. You may pay via PayPal or mail your entry with your check to the Inland Bays Foundation.


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.

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