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Updated: 2 weeks 4 days ago

Nanticoke River grades “B-minus” for annual Report Card as river’s water quality continues to show improvement

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 17:03
DOVER (Dec. 4, 2015) – Each year the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance releases a report card based on the health of the Nanticoke River – with the latest grades showing a “B-minus” for the river and a solid “B” for the creeks. The “river grade” is a measure of the health of the mainstem of the Nanticoke River, while the “creeks grade” assesses the health of the creeks that feed into the Nanticoke. Both grades are important indicators of the overall health of the watershed.

DNREC Division of Energy and Climate offers tips to keep costs down while chasing away chills

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 15:00
DOVER (Dec. 2, 2015) – With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to prepare your home and cars for cold weather. You’d like to stay warm, of course, but that can mean using more energy in your home and more fuel in your car – and having less money in your pocket. To tip that balance more in your favor, DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate offers the following no- and low-cost tips to help you use less energy and save more money this winter – and in some cases, year-round.

Two New Jersey men arrested on multiple deer poaching violations

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:36
TOWNSEND (Nov. 24, 2015) – Following an investigation involving illegal deer hunting, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two New Jersey men Nov. 21 on multiple deer poaching violations near Townsend.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Nov 16 through 22

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:34
DOVER (Nov. 25, 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 Nov. 16-22 made 1,507 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 56 citations.

Drainage in Delaware Bayshore communities to be topic of Dec 2 public meeting in Milford

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:29
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Residents of Bayshore communities and other interested parties are invited to attend a DNREC public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Carlisle Fire Company, 615 Front NW Front Street, Milford, DE 19963, to hear the results of a new engineering evaluation studying drainage issues along Delaware’s central Bayshore area.

Registration now open for 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:43
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Registration is open now for the 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference Feb. 3 and 4 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Online registration and information about the event including sponsorships is available at http://de.gov/dewetlandsconference. Interested parties may register for one or both days.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:35
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – With Delaware’s hunting seasons in full swing, now’s the time to take your camera afield to photograph a hunter in a duck blind or deer stand or otherwise pursuing their favorite quarry and enter your best image in the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015/16 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest.

Scotton Landing Fishing Pier reopens after re-decking project completed

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:35
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Scotton Landing Fishing Pier on Barkers Landing Road has reopened, after completion of the pier’s re-decking project, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for Dec. 9 in Dover

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:40
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Kent County Council Chambers

DNREC’S Division of Parks and Recreation receives major land donation from Nemours Foundation for Alapocas Run State Park

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:54
WILMINGTON (Nov. 24, 2015) – The Nemours Foundation has donated nearly 46 acres of significant forestland to the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation’s Alapocas Run State Park, located just outside Wilmington. The announcement was made today by Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Dr. Roy Proujansky, the Nemours Foundation’s chief executive of Delaware Valley Operations.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Nov 9 through 15

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:20
DOVER (Nov. 20, 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 Nov. 9-15 made 1,822 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 65 citations.

All Delaware State Parks free on Black Friday

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:45
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2015) – With several large retail outlets extending their Black Friday hours by opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day, national sports retailer REI (www.rei.com ) decided to push back against the trend by closing all of its stores on Black Friday and giving its 12,000 employees a paid day off to enjoy the outdoors.

New video shows how wetland storage capacity to be “valued” by DNREC monitoring

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:35
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2015) – In a new DNREC YouTube Channel video, “Placing a Value on Wetland Storage,” DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Delaware Wetlands Program aims to “get hard numbers” on wetland benefits

Delaware waterfowl hunting seasons reopen Nov 23 through Dec 5

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:33
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds waterfowlers who hunt in Delaware that the next seasonal segment for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese runs from Monday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Dec. 5.

Hunters and trappers reminded to report coyote harvest to Division of Fish and Wildlife

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:32
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters and trappers that any coyotes harvested in Delaware must be reported to the division within one business day of take. A coyote taken on a Monday, for example, must be reported by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to DNREC’s Wildlife Section by calling 302-735-3600; meanwhile, a coyote taken on a Friday or Saturday must be reported by 4:30 p.m. the following Monday.

DNREC extends public comment period through Dec. 7 on proposed amendments to Regulations Governing Beach Protection and Use of Beaches

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 16:06
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section has extended the public comment period for proposed amendments to the Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches

Two men arrested for weapons possession by a person prohibited

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:47
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2015) – During routine hunter compliance checks this past week, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested two downstate men prohibited from having weapons in their possession.

Newark man cited for poaching wild turkey and fined $1191

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:43
NEWARK (Nov. 18, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police cited a New Castle County man Sunday, Nov. 15 for hunting violations involving the poaching of a wild turkey near Newark.

Two men arrested near Townsend on multiple charges including drug hunting and firearms violations

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:43
TOWNSEND (Nov. 17, 2015) – Following an investigation, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested two men Nov. 13 – the opening day of Delaware’s shotgun deer season – on multiple charges related to illegal hunting practices in southern New Castle County.

New state record 24.8-pound bluefish bests previous high Delaware catch for species by almost 3 pounds

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 17:47
LEWES (Nov. 17, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 43-inch, 24.8-pound bluefish caught Monday over the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef,