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DNREC Encourages Community Science at Beaches and Marshes

As the summer comes to a close, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging community members and visitors to the First State to use their smartphones to help monitor environmental change.

coastsnap, chronolog station, Broadkill Beach, Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park,  south side,  Indian River Inlet,  Delaware Seashore State Park,  St. Jones Reserve,  Dover, Blackbird Creek Reserve, Townsend
CoastSnap Chronolog station in Cape Henlopen State Park .. photo by Rich King

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Shoreline and Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy recently installed five monitoring stations at three sites along Delaware’s beaches and at two sites comprising the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR).

coastsnap, chronolog station, Broadkill Beach, Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, south side, Indian River Inlet, Delaware Seashore State Park, St. Jones Reserve, Dover, Blackbird Creek Reserve, Townsend
CoastSnap Chronolog station in Cape Henlopen State Park .. photo by Rich King
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Visitors to the beach sites can use a smartphone app called CoastSnap, while guests at the marsh and reforestation sites at DNERR can upload and send photos by email through Chronolog.

coastsnap, chronolog station, Broadkill Beach, Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, south side, Indian River Inlet, Delaware Seashore State Park, St. Jones Reserve, Dover, Blackbird Creek Reserve, Townsend
My shot of the herring point area taken on August 21, 2021

CoastSnap locations include Broadkill BeachHerring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, and the south side of Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park. CoastSnap DE is a partnership among DNREC, the University of Delaware and Delaware Sea Grant, which funded the initiative.

Chronolog stations are located at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover and at the Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. For both efforts, the photos will be used to create a time-lapse project for helping to observe and document environmental changes.
Instructions on how to upload photos are displayed at each of the locations.

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