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Sea Grant helps town balance environment, development

May 27, 2014 — Looking to improve water quality both locally in Broad Creek and as part of a regional effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the town of Laurel is reimagining its riverfront with help from the Delaware Sea Grant College Program (DESG) and UD landscape design faculty and students.

The project involves town leaders, developers, environmental regulators — and hopefully, increased participation from residents.

“Delaware Sea Grant is experienced in encouraging productive conversation and understanding the values of different groups,” said Ed Lewandowski, Delaware Sea Grant’s coastal communities development specialist.

Lewandowski led discussions last year about how to meet requirements of the Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan, from managing stormwater to reducing nitrogen pollution. Participants pointed out that such topics were closely linked to plans underway for redeveloping Laurel, especially in neglected areas like sections of the riverbanks.