The Division of Watershed Stewardship (DWS) within Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is developing a methodology for prioritizing dredging projects in the Inland Bays.  With increased demands on resources and decreased federal funding available, the DWS is working to cultivate a data-based approach for prioritizing dredging projects to ensure that navigational channels are kept open and safe. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP
 
The DWS is working on a list of criteria that can be used to measure and prioritize proposed dredging projects.  The criteria under consideration are listed in this questionnaire (in no particular order).  We request your assistance by rating the proposed criteria as well as answering some questions about how you use the Inland Bays.  This will help the DWS prioritize data collection and better understand activities and use within Delaware's Inland Bays.

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* 1. When considering how to prioritize state dredging projects, which criteria do you see as most important? Please rank the following from 1-10, with 1 being the most important:

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* 2. Other metrics that should be considered:

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* 3. Where do you live? (please enter your zip code below)

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* 4. Where do you primarily boat within the Inland Bays? (select all that apply)

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* 5. What activities do you participate in on the Inland Bays? (select all that apply)

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* 6. What is the size of the boat you use in the Inland Bays? (length and draft)

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* 7. Why are the Inland Bays important to you?

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* 8. Additional comments regarding dredging in Delaware's Inland Bays:

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* 9. How did you hear about this survey?

Any questions or comments regarding this survey can be submitted to Sierra Davis:  
Sierra.Davis@delaware.gov or 302-739-9921

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