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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 44 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 4 to 10

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:25
DOVER (March 14, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between March 4-10 made 671 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including seven vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 12 citations.

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reports coyote harvest from new coyote hunting and trapping seasons

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:40
DOVER (March 13, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife reported that a single coyote was harvested under newly established coyote hunting and trapping seasons. The male coyote was harvested in the Hockessin area by a deer hunter on Jan. 23.

Delaware students invited to sign up for unique science and technology experience at annual Junior Solar Sprint on May 14

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:00
DOVER (March 11, 2014) – Middle school students from across Delaware are invited to compete in the 20th annual Delaware Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Competition on Wednesday, May 14 at Dover International Speedway. Sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate, the competition is open to all seventh and eighth graders attending public or private schools in Delaware.

First Annual “Woofstock” to be held at Bellevue State Park

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:20
WILMINGTON (March 10, 2014) – Delaware State Parks’ first annual “Woofstock” will be held at Bellevue State Park.

Hiker ends 6,800 mile journey at Cape Henlopen State Park in support of the Envirothon

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:57
LEWES (March 10, 2014) – The Delaware Envirothon Planning Committee invites the public to an event welcoming Josh Seehorn, vice chair of the Georgia Envirothon, as he finishes his 6,800 mile hike across the American Discovery Trail – a journey Josh began last March to raise support and awareness for the North American Envirothon. The celebration will be held Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m.at the Atlantic Ocean trailhead of the American Discovery Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Delawareans can help keep state cleaner through new TrashStoppers reporting app

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:21
DOVER (March 10, 2014) – Delawareans and frequent visitors to the First State can now report illegal dumping activities directly to state environmental officials using their smartphones. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has launched a new TrashStoppers app

Two Sussex men charged with weapons, hunting violations

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:32
SEAFORD (March 6, 2014) – Following an investigation, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested two Sussex County men March 1 on numerous hunting violations that occurred near Seaford and Laurel over the past hunting season.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 25-March 3

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:32
DOVER (March 7, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Feb. 25-March 3 made 360 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 29 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks.

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife extends muskrat trapping season due to February’s severe winter weather

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:05
DOVER (March 7, 2014) – Due to severe winter weather involving widespread icing conditions and snowfall during the month of February, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has extended the muskrat trapping season by seven days.

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2014 frog monitoring

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52
DOVER (March 6, 2014) – The sound of frogs calling in the night is more than just a sign of spring’s arrival. This familiar sound is also a call to volunteers across the state to participate in the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Program (DAMP).

Clean Water for Delaware's Future

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:18
Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara have proposed Clean Water for Delaware’s Future – a comprehensive upgrade plan for protecting public health and cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams within a generation, while creating jobs and strengthening Delaware’s economy.

Trout stocked for downstate Delawares 2014 season opener on March 1

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 15:12
DOVER (Feb. 28, 2014) – With patches of snow lingering on the ground and only hints of warmth from the sun, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries staff met a large truck from Pennsylvania yesterday at the gates of Tidbury Creek Park just south of Dover. They lost no time getting to their task – to prepare Tidbury Pond for its annual rite of spring, the opening of downstate Delaware’s 2014 trout season on Saturday, March 1.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 18 to 24

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:45
DOVER (Feb. 28, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Feb. 18-24 made 986 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 14 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued two citations.

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2014 beachnesting season

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:08
LEWES (Feb. 25, 2014) The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Saturday, March 1, for the benefit of piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds.

DNREC postpones Water Quality Standards and TMDL hearings until April 29

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:06
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2014) – In response to preliminary feedback from the US Environmental Protection Agency, DNREC has postponed Water Quality Standards and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) public hearings scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, until April 29.

Public Listening Session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework set for Feb. 27 in Lewes

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:08
LEWES, Del (Feb. 18, 2014) – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework by participating in a listening session. Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host a public listening session from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 at DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Services Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

DuPont Nature Center to reopen March 1

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:51
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will reopen on Saturday, March 1 after being closed for the winter. Spring hours from March 1 through May 3 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 11 to 17

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:42
DOVER (Feb. 21, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Feb. 11-17 made 148 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including eight vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued five citations.

REMINDER: Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold second public workshop Feb. 26 on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:11
DOVER (Feb. 25, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a second public workshop on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations currently under development at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26.

DNREC seeks volunteers for osprey monitoring project

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:45
DOVER (Feb. 21, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to help monitor the state’s osprey population. These majestic raptors with their distinctive stick-built nests on tall poles or platforms can be seen along many Delaware waterways, especially Sussex County’s Inland Bays.