News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 days 5 hours ago
DOVER (April 30, 2013) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2013 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
DOVER (April 26, 2013) – 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 Enforcement agents between April 16-23 made 597 contacts with hunters, anglers and boaters, and other members of the public,
Dover (April 25, 2013) – Charter School of Wilmington Team A is the winner of the 2013 Delaware Envirothon competition held today at Wicked R Western Productions in Wyoming, Del.
Charter School of Wilmington Team B placed second, and the team from Polytech High School won third place in the competition.
LEWES (April 25, 2013) – The public is invited to take a hike in the park. On Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., naturalists will guide a hike through the Salt Marsh to search for plants and animals working together to survive and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the marsh. The hike is designed for adults and children over seven. The hike will begin at the Biden Center in the park.
LEWES (April 25, 2013) – Parents are invited to bring their three to five-year-olds to the Seaside Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park on Thursday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. for their monthly Guppy Club program.
DOVER (April 25, 2013) – DNREC’s TrashStoppers program to stop illegal trash dumping in Delaware thrives on violators convicting themselves on camera of breaking the law and possibly costing themselves thousands of dollars in fines.
LEWES (April 23, 2013) – On Saturday, April 27,from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Cape Henlopen State Park will be hosting the annual Delaware Goes to War Re-Enactment at the Fort Miles Historic Area.
DOVER (April 23, 2013) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Financial Assistance Branch and the Division of Watershed Stewardship are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning.
DOVER (April 22, 2013) – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara today approved issuance of an air permit for the Delaware City Refining Company to restart an unused closed-loop cooling water tower at the Delaware City Refinery. The restarted unit will help the facility achieve a required 33 percent reduction in cooling water withdrawal from 452 million gallons per day (mgd) to 303 mgd, which is anticipated to reduce incidents of aquatic life mortality by a corresponding 33 percent.
NEWARK (April 22, 2013) – An investigation by Delaware State Park Rangers into a series of vehicle break-ins over the last three months at White Clay Creek and Brandywine Creek State Parks culminated in the arrests April 19 of a Wilmington couple on an array of criminal charges.
DOVER (April 19, 2013) – 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 Enforcement agents between April 9 and April 16 made 669 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, including 26 boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 38 complaints and issued 24 citations.
BEAR (April 18, 2013) – A Bear man was arrested and charged with game and firearm violations after DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcements found he had a past felony conviction that prohibited him from possessing deadly weapons.
WILMINGTON (April 19, 2013) – Two male North American River Otters have taken up residence at the Brandywine Zoo and visitors can not only meet them starting Saturday, April 20, but zoo-goers also have an opportunity to help choose names for the otters by voting at the zoo throughout the spring.
DOVER (April 19, 2013) – Delaware is home to eight species of bats, several of which have begun their annual move from winter hibernation sites to summer maternity colonies. Female bats return pregnant to the colonies where they congregate to give birth and raise their pups. In Delaware, these colonies can often take up residence in barns, garages, attics and homes.
DOVER (April 19, 2013) – The Source Water Protection Citizens and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will hold its semiannual meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 1 in Conference Room 220 A&B of the Kent County Administrative Offices on Bay Road in Dover. This meeting is the second of two focused on nutrients in drinking water.
DOVER (April 19, 2013) – With spring mowing season underway and having fielded recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” baby rabbits, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” young wild animals. Young Eastern cottontail rabbits, in particular, may appear to be alone, since their mothers often temporarily leave their ground nests to avoid attracting predators, returning only to feed their young.
LEWES (April 18, 2013) – A coastal grass planting effort capitalizing on Department of Correction’s VOP (violation of probation) laborers and privately-donated resources will help DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship bolster the north side of the Indian River Inlet against lost or displaced sand from future weather events.
DOVER (April 16, 2013) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program announced this week that they have completed the final report on the health of wetlands located in central Sussex County’s Broadkill River Watershed.
MILFORD (April 17, 2013) – Delaware Governor Jack Markell today joined with PSEG Solar Source, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), juwi solar, Inc. (JSI) and Sunolar Power (Sunolar) to dedicate the PSEG Milford Solar Farm. The 15-megawatt facility, located in Milford, Del., is the state’s largest solar farm.
DOVER (April 17, 2013) – The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village was the setting for today’s Stewardship Week proclamation reading and presentation of the annual Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards. On behalf of Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small led a ceremony with Delaware Association of Conservation Districts President Wendy O. Baker recognizing the honorees.