Delaware City

Delaware City is setting its sights on being more environmentally-friendly in 2020.

Thanks to a $150,000 award from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, the small community can move forward with several initiatives.

According to Delaware City Mayor Paul Johnson, the funds will be used to pay for installation of rain gardens, parking lot and basketball surfaces that reduce stormwater runoff and energy audits of Delaware City Town Hall and the Community Center.

Both buildings are more than 60 years old. The parking lot and basketball surfaces are more than 20 years old.

"We're looking to do energy audits on Town Hall and the Community Center so we're more energy efficient and save the taxpayers money as well," Delaware City Mayor Paul Johnson said.

"The funds will focus on green technology, energy conservation and environmental projects that will benefit Delaware City and surrounding areas," DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin added.

Delaware City's energy conservation measures also will be supported by a solar farm that was installed on property donated by PBF Energy several years ago.

These are welcome developments in a community that many people affiliate with the large, sprawling Delaware City refinery.

"A lot of people don't know we're here because of the refinery," Johnson said. 

That's bound to change, as Fort DuPont is being redeveloped into housing and other amenities and a campground is proposed for the old Grassdale Center.

"A lot of good businesses... friendly people... waterfront town... it's a nice place to visit."