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Enhancing Nature for Climate Resilience
in the Delaware Estuary
April 17, 2014
11:30 AM EDT
Dr. Danielle Kreeger,
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Abstract: The climate is already changing in the Delaware River Basin, as reported in the 2012 State of the Estuary Report. This presentation will briefly summarize future predictions and review some of the associated environmental challenges that will result from climate change. The focus will be on an example water resource (drinking water), living resource (bivalve shellfish) and habitat resource (coastal wetlands). The good news is that the technology now exists to implement smart investments to offset projected losses for most key natural resources, a.k.a. climate adaption tactics. Public support for resilient natural infrastructure also appears to be strengthening thanks to new outreach programs such as the “Weathering Change” initiative. The recent uptick in weather extremes and associated damages, such as from Hurricane Sandy, has also fueled a surge in interest in protective natural infrastructure, such as dunes, wetlands, and living shorelines. When designed correctly, such habitats can also promote cleaner water and healthier ecosystems. The bad news is that the scale of the changes and challenges will likely dwarf any possible investments. Hence, tough choices will need to be made, and investments will need to be carefully prioritized and well designed to maintain key natural assemblages, their ecosystem services, and to protect human lives and livelihoods.
Dr. Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working as a research scientist and educator. She currently serves as science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, where she represents the National Estuary Program’s scientific interests. In addition to her work for PDE, she also serves as associate research professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
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2013/2014 Board Leadership
President: Jaclyn Rogers, Philadelphia Water Department
President Elect & Membership Chair: Chris McEntee, Greeley & Hansen
Vice President: Bridget Wadzuk, Villanova University
Treasurer: Benoit Van Aken, Temple University
Secretary: Bernadette Callahan, Stantec Consulting
Social Co-Chairs: Gerald Bright, Philadelphia Water Department
Stefanie Rittenhouse, PA DEP Southeast Region
Student Co-Chairs: Amanda Hess, Villanova University
Sibia Ranjbar, Temple University
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