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Two new K9 teams join DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 13:48
DOVER (June 30, 2016) – Two new officers with unique skillets and specialized training have joined DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. Working with their human partners, AFC Josh Hudson and AFC Chelsea Allen, K-9 Rosco and K-9 River will be on the job, using their sensitive Labrador retriever noses to locate everything from discarded weapons to poached wildlife to lost children.

Restoration of Junction & Breakwater Trail begins July 11, with temporary closure of some trail segments

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:28
LEWES (July 1, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that portions of the Junction & Breakwater Trail, originally constructed in 2003, will undergo repairs and renovation beginning July 11.

DNREC seeks volunteers to report Delaware sightings of wild turkeys for 2016 survey

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 08:50
DOVER (July 1, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts to assist with its 7th annual wild turkey reproduction survey, helping to identify locations where Delaware’s top game bird is successfully reproducing in the state.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces arrival of 2016 17 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:33
DOVER (June 30, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is pleased to announce publication and widespread availability of the 2016-2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 13 thru 19

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:36
DOVER (June 24, 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 13-19 made 1,939 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public. Officers issued 52 citations.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police encourage safe boating practices over holiday weekend

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:36
DOVER (June 29, 2016) – With many boaters heading out on the water for the long 4th of July holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise “steady as she goes” for practicing safe boating on Delaware waterways. “We need everyone on our waterways to be alert, use common sense and avoid actions that will put themselves, their passengers and other boaters at risk,” said Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates.

Piping plover pair renests at Gordons Pond

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:51
LEWES (June 30, 2016) – A pair of piping plovers that lost their nest at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park has regrouped and nested again within the park, with three eggs observed so far, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Another nest is still being incubated on the Point, with hatching expected over the next few days.

Killen Pond State Park waterslide to close on Thursday, June 30 for final preparations on new water slides - will re-open Friday, July 1

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:36
DOVER (June 29, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation announced today that the Killens Pond State Park waterpark will be closed to the public on Thursday, June 30, for final preparations of its new water slides in advance of the July 4th holiday. The waterpark will re-open at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1.

DNREC preview shows how new water slides, amenities have transformed Killens Pond State Park waterpark

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:02
FELTON (June 29, 2016) – Four brand new, state-of-the-art water slides were previewed today at the Killens Pond State Park waterpark by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation holds second annual Delaware Capital Campout at three state parks

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 18:16
WILMINGTON (June 25, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, and Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens welcomed more than 100 first-time campers to the second annual Delaware Capital Campout

Gov. Markell signs SB 253 into law, authorizing DNREC to provide additional flexibility in meeting standards for sediment and stormwater regulations

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 16:35
DOVER (June 24, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell today signed Senate Bill 253 that provides additional options and flexibility to developers, contractors and landowners for meeting standards that protect Delaware’s water quality and reduce flooding impacts

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 26 thru July 2

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 15:18
DOVER (June 24, 2016) – The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 26-July 2 as the 20th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and in observance of it, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is encouraging Delawareans to take precautions to avoid or reduce mosquito bites, and to put particular emphasis on eliminating backyard mosquito-producing habitat.

DNRECs Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 16000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:35
DOVER (June 24, 2016) – During the 2015/16 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 586 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 16,599 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans.

Three broods of piping plover chicks spotted foraging on the Point at Cape Henlopen

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 16:20
LEWES (June 23, 2016) – Three broods of piping plover chicks are now foraging on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, two on the bayside and one inside the dunes, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp now closed for up to a year while replacement structures are built

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:20
SEAFORD (June 21, 2016) – The Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp, located north of Seaford, are now closed and will remain closed for up to one year while a replacement dam and ramp are built, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which operates and maintains the state-owned facility, announced today.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 6-12

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:57
DOVER (June 17, 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

Delaware promoting Operation Dry Water June 24 thru 26 to prevent boating under the influence and help save lives on the water

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:55
DOVER (June 21, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police today announced Delaware’s active participation in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education campaign aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

Deadline extended to June 30 to nominate a student for 2016 Young Environmentalist Awards

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:48
DOVER (June 21, 2016) – 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 whom a youth’s efforts might have impressed to nominate these students for the 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

DNREC Division of Energy and Climate announces public workshops June 22 and 23 on relaunch of Energy Efficiency Investment Fund

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:58
DOVER (June 16, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate today announced public workshops focused on the relaunch of the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) grant program, which supports eligible energy efficiency projects in the commercial, industrial and non-profit sectors. The workshops will present information about planned changes to the EEIF application process, changes to available incentives and changes to the incentive levels.

Renovations and new amenities transform Lums Pond State Park campground

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 15:15
BEAR (June 16, 2016) – Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, state legislators, and other partners and stakeholders were on hand today to welcome visitors to the reopening of the newly transformed campground at Lums Pond State Park.