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Updated: 2 hours 34 min ago

Pedestrian bridge, parking lot for providing access to Alapocas Run State Park will close today at sunset for up to two weeks

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:45
WILMINGTON (May 4, 2015) – A pedestrian bridge over the Brandywine Creek that provides access to Alapocas Run State Park from the Rockford Road area, and the adjacent parking lot at the Bancroft Mills complex, will close at sunset today while a building at the complex that burned in a fire over the weekend is demolished.

First piping plover nest of the season found at the Point

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:48
LEWES (May 1, 2015) – Beachnesting bird monitors on April 25 spotted the first piping plover nest of the season on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes – one of the earliest piping plover nests on record in Delaware, with egg-laying typically starting in early May.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 20 to 26

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:44
DOVER (May 1, 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 April 20-26 made 729 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 115 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 30 complaints and issued 17 citations.

Charter School of Wilmington Team A wins state championship in 2015 Delaware Envirothon

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:39
DOVER (May 1, 2015) – Charter School of Wilmington is the winner of the 2015 Delaware Envirothon competition held yesterday at Cannery Village in Milton, marking the school 16th win in the event’s 20-year history, including an unbroken winning streak since 2002. Charter’s Team A took first place while Team C was second and Middletown High School placed third in the Envirothon competition.

2016 17 Delaware Waterfowl and 2016 Trout Stamp winners announced

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:22
DOVER (April 29, 2015) – The results are in, and two artists have won top honors in the state’s sporting stamp art contests. A painting of green-winged teal with a yellow Labrador retriever by Deanne “Dee Dee” Murry of Centralia, Wash., will grace the 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, and a painting of a brown trout by Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn., will become the face of the 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp.

Sussex man fined for multiple wild turkey hunting violations

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 09:11
DOVER (April 30, 2015) – Following an investigation, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Sussex County man April 27 on multiple charges related to illegal wild turkey hunting practices.

Nominations sought for Delaware 2015 Wetland Warriors

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:33
DOVER (April 28, 2015) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is seeking nominations for the 2015 Delaware Wetland Warrior Award to recognize exemplary efforts to protect wetlands and the many benefits, most of them directly related to water quality, that they provide to all Delawareans.

DNREC now accepting applications for new wastewater and drinking water asset management incentive program

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:05
DOVER (April 27, 2015) – DNREC’s Financial Assistance Branch is now accepting asset management proposals from county and municipal governments for the new Wastewater and Drinking Water Asset Management Incentive Program.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: April 13-19

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:53
DOVER (April 24, 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 April 13-19 made 1,392 contacts

DNREC, New Castle Conservation District honored by Water Resources Association of Delaware River Basin for dike restoration project

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:59
PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2015) – DNREC and its partner the New Castle Conservation District were honored Wednesday night by the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin for a successful team effort in reconstructing and restoring five historic dikes dating back to the 17th century on the Delaware River

Governors 2015 Agricultural and Urban Conservation Award winners honored today

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:14
DOVER (April 22, 2015) – The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village was the setting for today’s Stewardship Week proclamation presentation of the annual Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards. Governor Jack Markell, along with DNREC Secretary David Small, led a ceremony with New Castle County Conservation District Coordinator Kevin Donnelly and Delaware Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Robert Baldwin recognizing this year’s honorees.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigation into persons prohibited from weapons possession nets four arrests, large cache of evidence

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:35
DOVER (April 22, 2015) – An ongoing investigation into hunting violations by persons prohibited from possessing weapons by prior criminal history or court actions led to the recent arrests of four men and the seizure of more than 50 weapons, ammunition and other evidence, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announced today.

Prepare your home and property now for redirecting winged visitors before bats take up residence

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:49
DOVER (April 21, 2015) – Delaware is home to nine species of bats, several of which have begun their annual move from winter hibernation sites to summer maternity colonies. Female bats return to their colonies pregnant, and then congregate to give birth and raise their pups. In Delaware, these colonies often take up residence in barns, garages, attics and homes.

DNREC now accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:12
DOVER (April 21, 2015) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Financial Assistance Branch are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. May 21, 2015.

Mallinckrodt Veterinary, Inc. agrees to $2.75 million consent settlement for contaminant investigation and cleanup by DNREC

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 16:00
DOVER (April 20, 2015) – DNREC and Mallinckrodt Veterinary, Inc. have entered into a consent decree by order of DNREC Secretary David Small which requires the company to reimburse DNREC more than $2.75 million for past costs associated with an investigation and contamination cleanup near Millsboro.

Rosedale Beach boat ramp to remain open during repairs and replacement of damaged floating courtesy docks

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 14:26
DOVER (April 20, 2015) – Due to extensive winter ice damage to the existing wooden floating courtesy docks at the Rosedale beach boat ramp near Millsboro, the ramp’s docking capacity has been unavoidably reduced, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2015 Young Environmentalist Awards

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:52
DOVER (April 20, 2015) – 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 2015 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 6 to 12

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:39
DOVER (April 17, 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 April 6-12 made 1,254 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 110 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 26 citations.

Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contests set for April 23

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:56
DOVER (April 17, 2015) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Delaware Agriculture Museum and Village in Dover for the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests.

Watershed-healthy “Smartyard” workshop series offered by Reclaim Our River-Nanticoke program

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:12
DOVER (April 17, 2015) – A series of free watershed-healthy “Smartyard” workshops is the latest opportunity from Reclaim Our River (ROR) Nanticoke Series