Delaware, the Water State

Arden Scholars Gild to Discuss

Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 PM

Lower Gild Hall

Delaware, the Water State

Delaware is a water state.  The First State is surrounded by water as the lowest state in the Union and one of just three states on a peninsula. Watersheds contribute $2 to $6 billion and 70,000 direct and indirect jobs annually to the state’s economy from the tourism, agriculture, industrial, recreation, and water supply sectors.  It is essential to invest in clean and plentiful water supplies as the basis of Delaware’s ecological economy.

At the Scholars Gild November discussion, Prof. Jerry Kauffman will lead our discussion on the evolution of water policies in Delaware, the current status, and the future direction.

Bio – Gerald J. Kauffman, Ph.D.

Jerry Kauffman is Director of the University of Delaware Water Resources Agency and holds secondary faculty appointments in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He provides water science and policy assistance to governments in Delaware and the Delaware Valley through the land-grant public service, education, and research role of the University of Delaware. Dr. Kauffman holds degrees from the only two land grant institutions with Colonial roots in America and is writing a book on “Sustainable Watershed Management” under contract with John Wiley and Sons.  Jerry received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Delaware Nature Society and drinks the water from the White Clay Creek National Wild and Scenic River in Newark, Delaware.