Delaware Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Delaware’s dam safety program has 1.25 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 38.4 state regulated dams.
- Delaware has 65 high hazard dams.
- 19% of the state regulated dams in Delaware have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Delaware’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $891,500.
- Delaware has reported $283 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Delaware has 13 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Delaware has approximately 12 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Delaware has reported $222 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 11 public-use airports in Delaware.
- 53 of the 862 bridges in Delaware (6.1%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 122 of the 862 bridges in Delaware (14.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Delaware received $10.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Delaware has 100 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 34th in the nation.
- Delaware’s ports handled 23.6 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 27th in the nation.
- Delaware has 6 freight railroads covering 227 miles across the state, ranking it 48th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Delaware motorists $168 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $257 per motorist.
- 36% of Delaware’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Delaware has 6,307 public road miles.
- Delaware’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,944 per capita, ranking it 29th in the nation.
- Delaware’s gas tax of 23 cents per gallon has not been increased in 17 years.
- Delaware has 10,163 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Delaware has reported an unmet need of $15.5 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Delaware spent a total of $857 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Delaware schools have $530 million in infrastructure funding needs.
- Delaware produces .138 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 50th.
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