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Updated: 2 hours 25 min ago

State Fairgoers vote first place winner in youth rain barrel painting contest

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:22
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in this year’s youth rain barrel painting contest. Fairgoers had the opportunity to view the top five finalists’ painted barrels on display in the DNREC Building at the Fair, and to vote until Tuesday’s deadline for their favorite. All five barrels will remain on display until the fair closes.

DNREC honors Delawares 2015 Wetland Warriors at State Fair

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:02
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko honored longtime wetlands professional Douglas Janiec and Sussex County farmer Thomas Draper and his family as Delaware’s 2015 Wetland Warriors for their efforts to conserve and restore wetlands, while educating Delawareans on their importance.

Today is International Tiger Day at the Brandywine Zoo

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:57
WILMINGTON (July 29, 2015) – At the Brandywine Zoo today, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., the zoo will mark International Tiger Day, with special tiger-focused zookeeper talks throughout the day featuring the zoo’s resident Amur tiger, Zhanna. The goal of International Tiger Day is to promote global protection of tiger habitats for this endangered species, as well as raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Commercial conch waterman arrested for felony tampering reckless endangering numerous fisheries charges

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:05
NEAR BOWERS BEACH, Del. (July 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a New Jersey-based, Delaware-licensed commercial waterman July 24 on numerous fisheries-related charges and a felony after he tried to evade a fisheries compliance boarding on Delaware Bay and steered his vessel away and into the path of a police boat.

Anti-public lewdness campaign by Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police nets 12 arrests at Wolfe Neck parking area

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:04
LEWES (July 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police have arrested 12 men this month and charged them with lewdness-related offenses in the Wolfe Neck parking area near an intersection with the Junction & Breakwater Trail.

Delaware state-record 21.8-pound blueline tilefish caught in Norfolk Canyon by Townsend angler

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:35
LEWES (July 28, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 21.8-pound blueline tilefish caught on July 25 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Norfolk Canyon, some 70 miles offshore. The catch eclipses the previous state record blueline tilefish, caught just over a month ago in Baltimore Canyon, by two pounds.

Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge to close Aug 10 to Sept 7 for upgrades to dam

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:28
DOVER (July 28, 2015) – Access to the north parking lot and fishing footbridge at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10 through Monday, Sept. 7 to allow contractors to perform construction work along the dam, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

African Americans’ roles at Fort Delaware uncovered

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:29
DELAWARE CITY (July 28, 2015) – Fort Delaware State Park is hosting a special program on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter July 13 to 19

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:35
DOVER (July 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 July 13-19 made 1,982 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 356 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 121 citations.

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

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:17
DOVER (July 22, 2015) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’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. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. August 26, 2015.

DNREC On Stage at the Delaware State Fair July 23 - August 1

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:27
Harrington (July 22, 2015) – DNREC’s building at the Delaware State Fair will feature DNREC On Stage, live animal demonstrations and presentations in its air-conditioned theater. DNREC On Stage is free and open to the public every day during the fair, July 23 - August 1. DNREC’s building – The Fun House of Science is located on East Rider Road within the Fairgrounds

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great summer shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:50
DOVER (July 23, 2015) – Summer is a great time to photograph your favorite anglers in action, and DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites you to share those great shots for the 2015 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Visit DNREC’s Fun House of Science at the Delaware State Fair July 23 - August 1

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:19
HARRINGTON (July 20, 2015) – Adults and kids of all ages are invited to DNREC’s Fun House of Science at the Delaware State Fair July 23 - August 1 where they can discover the science behind what DNREC does

Frankford man fined for shooting antlered deer out of season

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:16
GEORGETOWN (July 17, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Frankford man earlier this week, following an investigation into antlered white-tailed deer being shot out of season.

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

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:16
DOVER (July 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 July 6-12 made 1,568 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 255 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 81 complaints and issued 91 citations.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police issue multiple citations for shark fishing violations

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:16
DOVER (July 20, 2015) – As part of continuing enforcement vigilance and a public awareness campaign about protected shark species that anglers are prohibited from possessing, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers over the last two weeks have issued 16 citations for violations of state shark fishing regulations.

New Castle County man, woman arrested by DNREC Natural Resources Police ECU over pepper spray incident

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:44
DOVER (July 17, 2015) – DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a New Castle County man and woman Thursday and charged them with reckless endangerment

Governor Markell, DNREC Secretary Small announce Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:49
NEW CASTLE (July 16, 2015) – Today Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small were joined by DelDOT Deputy Secretary Nicole Majeski, U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Administrator William C. Early

DNRECs DuPont Nature Center to host Fish n Fun Day for families on July 19 in Slaughter Beach

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:36
SLAUGHTER BEACH (July 15, 2015) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will hold its Family Fish-n-Fun Day on Sunday, July 19 at the Slaughter Beach Pavilion. Instructors will be on hand throughout the day to teach families surf fishing on the beach, and all are welcome to stop by between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate. The program is offered free of charge.

Nanticoke River Wade In and Report Card Launch to be held July 16

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:43
LAUREL (July 14, 2015) – The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) and the DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River program invite the public to celebrate the Nanticoke River and learn more about its health at the annual Nanticoke River Wade-In from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel.