Welcome to the Inland Bays Foundation

The Inland Bays Foundation is currently considering ways to reduce non-point nutrient pollution in our waters- the following illustrates what can be done by responsible government actions:

“A positive step to reduce non-point nutrient pollution in our waters by our County Government, thank you: (Published in the Cape Gazette)”

Nitrogen tests available for manured soils to Sussex corn growers-

The Sussex Conservation District is offering its Pre-sidedress Nitrogen Testing Program for manured soils to corn growers in Sussex County. Soil samples for testing must be taken when the corn is between 6 and 10 inches in height, and before any additional nitrogen is applied.

District planners will take up to five samples. Any additional samples may be taken by the landowner, and will be processed at no additional charge. Samples must be immediately put in a cooler with a cold pack to ensure accurate results. Test results are normally available within 24 hours. When the time is right, corn growers may call 302-856-3990, Ext. 3, to request a PSNT test.



Clean Water Delaware – Clean Water Rally

Dear Inland Bays Foundation Members And Friends:I Just Registered To Attend The June 2 Nd Clean Water Rally In Dover. Hopefully , You Will Also…Just Click On The Link Above And Register Now. This Is An Important Event . See You In Dover On June 2 Nd.Ron Wuslich,President
Inland Bays Foundation


Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation Marathon

“Great weather, fun people. The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation

Marathon was a great success. A Large Thank You to our volunteers- Frances Hart, Chuck King, Laf Erickson and yours truly keeping the runners hydrated and charged with gel in Lewes today.”

“The Inland Bays Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the Friends of Holt’s Landing State Park which is a part of the Preservation Foundation.”



The Inland Bays Foundation has deep concerns about the encroachment of development and business into the State’s Fragile Level Four Areas in the Inland Bays Watershed. For your education, here’s more about the State’s view of the situation. We agree with the Governor and the Office of Planning that more needs to be done to protect the “Fragile Beauty” of our watershed and provide you with safe and clean waters and areas for recreation and fulfillment of a high quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

From the Delaware State Planning Coordination Office dated June 2014

Investment Level 4


Delaware’s Investment Level 4 Areas are rural in nature, and are where the bulk of the state’s open-space/natural areas and agricultural industry is located. These areas contain agribusiness activities, farm complexes, and small settlements. They are typically found at historic crossroads or points of trade, often with rich cultural ties (for example, unincorporated areas like Clarksville in Sussex County, Star Hill in Kent County, and Port Penn in New Castle County).

Investment Level 4 Areas also boast undeveloped natural areas, such as forestlands, and large recreational uses, such as state and county parks and fish and wildlife preserves. Sometimes, private recreational facilities, such as campgrounds or golf courses (often with associated residential developments), are also situated in Investment Level 4 Areas.

Some limited institutional uses may exist in such areas. Delaware’s Investment Level 4 Areas are also the location of scattered residential uses, featuring almost entirely single-family detached residential structures. These are homes for those who value the quiet and isolation provided by locations away from more developed settings, albeit with an almost total reliance on private vehicles for every transportation need.

Delaware’s Investment Level 4 Areas also include many unincorporated communities, typically with their own distinctive character and identity. These places reflect the rich rural heritage of the state. Investment Level 4 Areas depend on a transportation system primarily of secondary roads linked to roadways used as regional thoroughfares for commuting and trucking.

In addition, Investment Level 4 Areas may be the location for certain uses that because of their specific requirements are not appropriate for location elsewhere. Such uses, expected to be limited in number, could involve public safety or other uses that require their location outside designated investment areas. Industrial activity would be limited, except where specific requirements of major employers may dictate an exception for a use, which, because of specific siting and potential conflicts with neighboring uses, should not be placed elsewhere.

It is the state’s intent to discourage additional urban and suburban development in Investment Level 4 Areas unrelated to agriculture and to the areas’ needs. This will be accomplished through consistent policy decisions and by limiting infrastructure investment, while recognizing that state infrastructure investments maybe appropriate where state and local governments agree that such actions are necessary to address unforeseen circumstances involving public health, safety, or welfare.

Investment Level 4 Strategies:

In Investment Level 4 Areas, the state’s investments and policies should retain the rural landscape and preserve open spaces and farmlands, support farmland-related industries, and establish defined edges to more concentrated development.

Investment decisions about investments and policies should rely on these principles:

Agriculture: Promote on-farm markets, the sale of local agricultural products in traditional grocery stores, restaurants, as well as public and private institutions where possible. Foster and promote efforts to expand public knowledge of agriculture and improve the public’s view on animal agriculture.

Further the Department of Agriculture’s consumer-protection efforts in support of sustainable economic development. Promote the use of nutrient BMP and planning in the rural setting in support of improved water quality.

Identify and pursue agricultural development opportunities such as retention and expansion of processing companies, institutional and retail food operations, and agricultural cooperatives, granaries, and seed and fertilizer companies. Identify new opportunities for and support existing agricultural support businesses.

A special emphasis should be placed on meeting the needs of animal agriculture while ensuring the health of the environment in this setting. Foster and support the long-term needs of traditional production agriculture and forestry activities, as well as the needs of niche and small- scale production agriculture.

Preservation of our agriculture industry is our highest priority in this Level. The state will make investments that enhance the agriculture industry in our state, which include economic incentives and related investments. Invest in the continued success of existing farmland- and forestry-preservation activities as well as identifying and furthering new, innovative preservation strategies, such as those that create specific opportunities for young farmers and ensure the generational succession of land and operations.

Economic Development: Development in Investment Level 4 Areas should emphasize only development that is compatible with and enhances agriculture, agribusiness, appropriate visitor activities, and similar economic activities.

Education: DOE does not recommend or support the construction of new educational facilities in Investment Level 4 Areas. Educational facilities proposed for Investment Level 4 Areas will be redirected into Investment Level Areas 1 through 3.

The construction of athletic facilities that do not require the creation of impervious surfaces in Investment Level 4 Areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with due consideration given to such factors as increased traffic and the need for additional support services.

Housing: Construction of new homes is discouraged in Level 4 Areas. Housing programs will focus on existing housing in regard to maintenance, health, and safety. Level 4 Areas include several unincorporated, low-income communities with their own distinctive character and needs. Programs will continue to promote revitalization of these areas through housing rehabilitation. State investment in these communities would be done in a manner so as not to spur additional development.

Level 4 Areas are also likely to contain some abandoned or partially completed subdivisions as a result of the housing boom. Strategies similar to those mentioned in Level 3 for these subdivisions will be needed to prevent blight and vandalism and ensure safety.

Natural Resources and the Environment: Emphasize the protection of critical natural habitat and wildlife, aquifer recharge, and stormwater-management/drainage areas. Provide for recreational activities, including parks and fishing/hunting facilities, while helping to define growth areas.

Maximize opportunities for ecological restoration and conservation cost-shares. Additional state investments in water and wastewater systems will be limited to existing or imminent public health, safety, or environmental risks only, with little provision for additional capacity to accommodate further development.

State Facilities and Investments: Investments in these areas will focus on parkland expansions, and ag-land and open-space preservation. Other facility investments in these areas will be discouraged unless it relates to a specific need.

Transportation: The focus for the Level 4 Areas will be to preserve and maintain existing facilities in safe working order, corridor-capacity preservation, and the enhancement of transportation facilities to support agricultural business.

“One of the Inland Bays Foundation’s 2015 initiatives being considered for implementation is an an assessment of how to promote better use of our land areas in our watershed (especially in level Four Areas) to reduce nutrient and bacterial pollution. We applaud the initiative begun by the League of Women Voters-”

First Sussex Comprehensive Land Use Plan forum held

Four more gatherings to take place

Apr 03, 2015


LWVSC’s Marti Austin records concerns raised by members of the public who attended the March 25 Sussex County Comprehensive Plan Forum held at Laurel Library.

LWVSC’s Marti Austin records concerns raised by members of the public who attended the March 25 Sussex County Comprehensive Plan Forum held at Laurel Library.

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County held the first in a series of five district level forums aimed at raising public interest and engaging public participation in the Comprehensive Land Use Planning process. Held March 25 at the Laurel Public Library, the forum helped engage residents of Sussex County District 5.

In her presentation, forum moderator Paulette Rappa, who is a member of the League’s Land Use Committee, gave an overview of the plan and the timeline for its review. Attendees learned about the specific topics the plan must address, including public participation, future land use and traffic, and about the relationship between the plan and county ordinances. The existing comprehensive plan was adopted by Sussex County Council in 2008 and the state mandates that this plan be reevaluated every 10 years.

The take home message was that a well-thought out and purposeful comprehensive plan focuses land use decisions on maximizing the wellbeing of the people of Sussex County. Citizens should get involved early and often in the process, and they should make sure that county officials understand their needs and concerns. The planning process is a once in a decade opportunity for Sussex County citizens to inform elected officials about land use concerns.

Issues of concern were recorded by the LWVSC’s Land Use Committee member Marti Austin. A wide range of topics were discussed, including infrastructure planning, environmental issues, economic development, fair housing, and ways to foster collaboration between the eastern and western parts of the County.

Both private citizens and elected officials, including Laurel Mayor John Shwed, Laurel Councilman Chris Calio, and Sussex County Planning and Zoning Committee Chairperson Robert Wheatley, participated in the discussion that followed the presentation. The league plans to present to Sussex County Council a list of ideas compiled from all five district level forums sometime in June of this year.

The schedule for the four additional district level forums, each of which is free and open to the public, is as follows:

  • District 3 – Milton Library, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 15
  • District 4 – South Coastal Library, Bethany Beach, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 25
  • District 1 – Seaford Library, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 29
  • District 2 – County Council Chambers, Georgetown, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 6.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 800 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.

Go to www.sussexlwv.org for more information.