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DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation launches ‘Poké Park Adventure’ contest in Delaware State Parks

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 09:00
DOVER (July 18, 2015) – Riding the wave of the popularity of the summer’s hottest craze, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation today launched “Poké Park Adventure,” a contest for kids of all ages, in Delaware State Parks

Maryland man cited for OUI after boating accident near Fenwick Island

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 15:19
FENWICK ISLAND (July 18, 2016) – A Maryland man was charged early Sunday morning by DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol (OUI) following a boating accident that left him clinging to his capsized 28-foot cabin cruiser for about two hours in the water off Cape Windsor, west of Fenwick Island.

Public invited to an open house July 20 on draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:28
LEWES (July 15, 2016) –DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) invite ocean stakeholders and the interested public to attend an open house to consider a draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan. The open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at The Virden Retreat Center, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 27 thru July 3

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:12
DOVER (July 8, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 27-July 3 made 2,920 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 96 citations.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter July 4 thru 10

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:12
DOVER (July 15, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between July 4-10 made 1,610 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 57 citations.

Riverview Park Boating Access Area parking lot in Laurel to close for pavement restriping July 18

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:21
DOVER (July 15, 2016) – The parking lot at the Riverview Boating Access Area in Laurel will be closed, weather permitting, on Monday morning, July 18 to allow contractors to re-stripe the parking lot, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNRECs DuPont Nature Center announces upcoming family friendly summer programs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:19
SLAUGHTER BEACH (July 14, 2016) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will hold two Family Fish-n-Fun Days, as well as two other family-friendly special programs later this month in and near Slaughter Beach. The center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, DE 19963.

Junction & Breakwater Trail has “bonus” reopening Friday, July 15, before restoration work resumes next week

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:36
LEWES (July 14, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that restoration work on portions of the Junction & Breakwater Trail has moved ahead faster than expected, making it possible to reopen repaired segments of the trail Friday, J

New exhibits at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum to be showcased at annual Maritime Heritage Festival

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:37
REHOBOTH BEACH (July 11, 2016) – Delaware Seashore State Park will host the 6th annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum from noon through 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. During the festival, families can experience the rich history of the Delaware coast through crafts, games, prizes, food, music and demonstrations throughout the day.

Ongoing anti-public lewdness campaign by DNREC Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police nets five arrests at Wolfe Neck parking area

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 09:35
LEWES (July 8, 2016) – DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police have arrested five men this month in an ongoing anti-lewdness campaign run operating out of the Wolfe Neck parking area near an intersection with the Junction & Breakwater Trail.

DNREC takes action to thwart upwind states from transporting air pollution into Delaware, which brings with it a wide range of public health problems

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:39
DOVER (July 8, 2016) – On behalf of Delawareans and public health, DNREC has taken two actions this week through the federal court system and US Environmental Protection Agency aimed at requiring “upwind states” to reduce air pollution

Repairs will temporarily close Post Road in Cape Henlopen State Park

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:31
LEWES (July 07, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that Post Road in Cape Henlopen State Park will be closed for repairs July 11-12.

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation announces Baynard Stadium to close for repairs July 11- Aug.12

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:10
WILMINGTON (July 7, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that Baynard Stadium will be closed for public use July 11 through Aug.12.

Reclaim Our River Program to hold third annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta Aug 6 on Nanticoke River

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 13:08
BLADES (July 6, 2016) – The third annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta – presented by the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, in conjunction with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Reclaim Our River Program, the Town of Blades and the Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron – will cast off on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park, 26 N. Market Street, Blades, DE 19973.

DNREC accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning through August 4

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:17
DOVER (July 6, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and the office of Environmental Finance are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold public hearing July 6 on interstate fishery management plan for Atlantic menhaden

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 16:38
DOVER (July 5, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will host an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) public hearing on a draft addendum to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 6 in the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Grand prize winner and youth finalists announced for DNREC’s 2016 rain barrel art contests

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:08
DOVER (July 5, 2016) – Rain barrels that won distinction from DNREC for the artists whose creativity went into them in the Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Rain Barrel Painting Contest have been announced, and are now on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum

New Delaware record 20.5 pound false albacore taken in Masseys Canyon by Pennsylvania angler

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:01
LEWES (July 1, 2016) – On the eve of what many consider the biggest recreational fishing weekend of the year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament – a false albacore

New Delaware record 20 5 pound false albacore taken in Masseys Canyon by Pennsylvania angler

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:45
LEWES (July 1, 2016) – On the eve of what many consider the biggest recreational fishing weekend of the year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament – a false albacore caught June 29 by a Pennsylvania angler from the fishing boat Get Bent in Masseys Canyon, about 35 miles offshore from Indian River Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 20 thru 26

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 13:48
DOVER (July 1, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 20-26 made 1,696 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 30 citations.