The League of Women Voters of Sussex County will hold its 13th public forum, “Looking Back — Looking Forward: 2008-2018 Comprehensive Plans — The Environmental Element” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 26 in County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

The forum’s goal is to compare the environmental element of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan with what is recommended for the 2018 plan. By analyzing the effectiveness of the 2008 environmental element to achieve its goal to “preserve, maintain and enhance the natural resources and natural systems in the county,” Sussex’s residents will gain insight into what elements need to be included in the 2018 plan. Three speakers will present and field questions at the forum.

Carol Bason, environmental scientist, will review the Land Use Action Plan that was part in the 2008 plan update. She will discuss Sussex County’s progress toward implementing the recommendations.

Chris Bason, CIB executive director, will discuss key issues in the recently published 2016 State of the Delaware Inland Bays Report and outline the recommendations the CIB’s Board of Directors submitted for the 2018 plan.

Susan Love, DNREC’s principal planner for climate and sustainability, will address the pressing issues of climate change and sea level rise. She will cover the related issue of storm surges and their potential effects on Sussex County. Sussex County has the lowest average elevation in Delaware, which is the state with the lowest elevation in the USA. Susan will discuss elements that must be contained in the 2018 plan to mitigate the effects of climate change.

After the presentations, attendees will be able ask questions during a 45-minute moderated Q&A session.

The LWVSC's next Land Use Forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 24. This forum continues to explore how the 2018 plan can best be developed to support current and future Sussex residents.

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