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By the early 1920’s, Delaware was becoming increasingly concerned with the deterioration of the State’s waterways, either through industrial pollution or natural erosion. In an effort to maintain public interest in the waterways and provide for their general supervision, the Legislature created a three-member Delaware Waterfront Commission in 1927. The members, one representing each county, were responsible for:

– examining and investigating the condition of Delaware’s waterways and then making recommendations to the Legislature.
– recommending plans for protection of the waterfront and waterways from erosion and pollution.
– representing Delaware in any subsequent conferences with similar organizations in other states.
– recommending policies for cooperation with any political subdivisions within Delaware on matters related to the waterways.1
The Commission ceased to exist in 1966 with the creation of the Delaware Water and Air Resources Commission (RG 1637). 2

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1 35 DL, ch. 65.

2 55 DL, ch. 442.
jrf/March 28, 1988; April 22, 1988

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