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Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, June 24 in Dover

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:37
DOVER (June 16, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Division of Motor Vehicles Conference Room, 303 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19903.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for June 17 in Dover

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:40
DOVER (June 15, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for June 17 in Dover

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:27
DOVER (June 15, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Police seek witnesses to fatal motorcycle accident at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 16:38
LEWES (June 13, 2015) – DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed a motorcycle accident Thursday evening at Cape Henlopen State Park to come forward with information

Townsend area farmers receive Cooperator of the Year Award from New Castle Conservation District

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 17:02
TOWNSEND (June 12, 2015) – Norman and Gwen Pierce, owners of Union Ridge Farms near Townsend, are the recipients of the New Castle Conservation District’s Cooperator of the Year Award, presented annually to a farmer in the district who has exhibited a high degree of interest in conservation for their farm operation.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results from 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:01
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6 at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

National Marine Fisheries Service enacts emergency action for blueline tilefish

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:26
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has enacted emergency action to protect blueline tilefish while a long-term management plan is developed to reduce fishing mortality and help ensure the long-term sustainability of a species that is very susceptible to overfishing. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, proposing a regulation in line with NMFS’s emergency action, will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 in the DNREC auditorium.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 1 to 7

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:48
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 1-7 made 1,743 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 129 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 34 citations.

Four Delaware artificial reefs in Atlantic Ocean to receive federal designation July 9 as Special Management Zones

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:39
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has established Special Management Zones (SMZ) at four of Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean artificial reefs

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 13

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:25
DOVER (June 11, 2015) – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers and boats for the 11th Annual Inland Bays Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13. DNREC once again is lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating apparent Sussex County drowning

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 14:25
BETHANY BEACH (June 10, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the apparent drowning Tuesday afternoon of an 86-year-old Rehoboth Beach man who fell overboard while working on his docked boat at the South Shore Marina on the Indian River.

DNREC project aimed at reducing environmental impacts continues around Lewes Public Boat Ramp

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:21
LEWES (June 9, 2015) – A project aimed at lessening environmental impacts including erosion at the Lewes Public Boat Ramp and which partners DNREC’s Divisions of Fish & Wildlife and Watershed Stewardship with the Center for the Inland Bays is making improvements to the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal shoreline, the boat ramp parking lot and the neighboring DNREC Shoreline & Waterway Management facility on Pilottown Road.

DNRECs Division of Fish and Wildlife to offer Take a Kid Fishing program on June 14 17 and 24

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:53
DOVER (June 9, 2015) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program offers five upcoming summer dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 25 to 31

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:50
DOVER (June 9, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 25-31 made 2,924 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 328 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 63 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlifes Milton pedestrian fishing bridge and fishing pier deck replacement projects completed

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:08
Broadkill River in Milton has reopened following completion of decking surface replacement on each facility, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today, with the pedestrian fishing bridge project wrapped up ahead of schedule.

DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River Nanticoke Series offers guided Eco Paddle and BBQ June 27 in Laurel

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:30
LAUREL (June 5, 2015) – The Phillips Landing Recreation Area will be the setting Saturday, June 27 for the second annual Eco Paddle canoe and kayak exploration and education float trip on the Nanticoke River. Eco Paddle is part of the Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series, a program sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and a host of environmental partners,

DNREC offers new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program to help property owners remove old and disused underground tanks

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:14
Citing the prevalence of old and disused USTs throughout the state, the Tank Management Section recently initiated a heating fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program to assist property owners with removal or closing off of old tanks

Piping plover chicks popping out all over at Cape Henlopen

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:09
LEWES (June 4, 2015) – As of June 1, no fewer than nine piping plover chicks were being shepherded around the Point at Cape Henlopen by their parents, Division of Fish & Wildlife beach-nesting monitors reported –

DNREC offers new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program to help property owners remove old and disused underground tanks

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:47
Citing the prevalence of old and disused USTs throughout the state, the Tank Management Section recently initiated a heating fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program to assist property owners with removal or proper closing off of their underground storage tanks if left in place

Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section for 2015 West Nile virus monitoring

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:07
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is asking for the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting the discovery of sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease of considerable concern to human health and to owners of unvaccinated horses.