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Library hosts exhibit on Coastal Zone Act

Jan. 21, 2015--The University of Delaware Library has announced a forthcoming new exhibition, “The Legacy of the Delaware Coastal Zone Act: Conserving the First State,” which will be on view from Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Friday, July 3, in the Information Room on the first floor in the Morris Library.

The Coastal Zone Act, signed in 1971 by Gov. Russell Peterson, is widely considered to be the most important -- and one of the most contentious -- piece of environmental legislation ever passed in Delaware. 

For over 40 years, it has protected 115 miles of Delaware’s coast from the destructive impacts of heavy industrialization and commercial development.

An ardent outdoorsman, Peterson recognized the coastal areas of Delaware as critical for the future of the state in terms of quality of life.

His drive to safeguard the use of the Delaware Bayshore for recreation and tourism came at a political cost to the one-term governor. 

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