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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 hours 16 min ago

DNREC DuPont Nature Center to reopen April 1

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:53
DOVER (March 25, 2015) – DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a Division of Fish & Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will reopen on Wednesday, April 1 after being closed for the winter. Spring and summer hours from April 1 through Aug. 30 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Volunteers sought for 24th annual Christina River Cleanup on April 18

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:02
NEW CASTLE COUNTY (March 24, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small encourages volunteers to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several of its tributaries on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. until noon at 12 sites throughout northern New Castle County. Brookhaven Park, an expanded site this year, will hold its cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon.

Westin Wilmington Hotel certified for Delaware’s Green Lodging Program

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 17:09
DOVER (March 23, 2015) – The Westin Wilmington Hotel has been certified for Delaware’s Green Lodging Program after implementing best conservation and pollution prevention practices at the hotel’s location on the Wilmington Waterfront.

2015 Mosquito Control season begins with spraying wooded wetlands

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:02
DOVER (March 23, 2015) – DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section begins its annual spring woodland-pool spraying today, treating wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. About 8,000 forested acres that produce large numbers of early season mosquitoes will be strategically sprayed to treat immature aquatic larval stages, using larvicides applied by helicopter and possibly aircraft.

Lower interest rate, longer repayment terms offered by DNREC, Public Health for clean water and drinking water projects

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:58
DOVER (March 20, 2015) – Clean water and drinking water project loans are now available at a reduced interest rate and for extended repayment terms through the Delaware Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, March 25 in Dover

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:04
DOVER (March 20, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Dover Grotto Pizza, 1159 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Upstate trout season to open April 4 in six New Castle County streams

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (March 19, 2015) – Delaware’s spring 2015 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Portions of six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – will be stocked and ready with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish.

DNREC YouTube Channel features new Delaware Climate Impact video

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:54
DOVER (March 19, 2015) – Delaware confronts climate change and faces the challenge of preparing for it in a new video airing this week on the DNREC YouTube Channel.

Two men arrested for heroin possession near Wilmington State Parks

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:00
WILMINGTON (March 17, 2015) – Delaware State Parks Rangers arrested two men Monday and charged them with possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing after finding 146 bags of heroin inside their vehicle within Wilmington State Parks.

DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off set for Saturday, March 21 at Georgetown DelDOT Yard

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:20
DOVER (March 17, 2015) – DNREC is again rolling out an opportunity for Delaware residents to recycle their old tires by way of a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day scheduled for Saturday, March 21, rain or shine, from 8: a.m. until 2 p.m.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 2 to 8

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:08
DOVER (March 16, 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between March 2-8 made 835 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including one vessel boarding for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 18 citations.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 23 to March 1

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:29
DOVER (March 6, 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 23-March 1 made 706 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including one vessel boarding for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 11 citations.

DNREC continues to oversee cleanup of oil from earlier spill that washed ashore Sunday at Battery Park in New Castle

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:22
NEW CASTLE (March 16, 2015) – DNREC’s Emergency Response Team continues to oversee the cleanup today of oil from a cargo-ship spill last week at the Port of Wilmington that washed ashore Sunday at Battery Park in New Castle.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife cautions anglers about ice on trout ponds

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:25
DOVER (March 11, 2015) – Anglers eager for opening day of trout season on Saturday at Tidbury Pond near Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood are cautioned not to attempt to break ice on the ponds in order to fish in them, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife urged today.

Delawares 2014 2015 deer harvest ranks fourth all time

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:01
DOVER (March 11, 2015) – Delaware hunters harvested 14,239 deer during the 2014-2015 season, only a slight decrease from last season’s total 14,263, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The 2014-15 deer harvest ranks as the fourth all-time highest deer harvest for Delaware.

New wooded tract added to Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:46
LAUREL (March 10, 2015) – Delaware’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recently acquired 14 acres of woodlands and prime wildlife habitat surrounding Wrights Creek off Ellis Mill Road near Laurel in Sussex County. This newest addition to the Robert L. Graham Nanticoke Wildlife Area will be managed as wildlife habitat and will permanently preserve more than 2,500 feet of mature woodland buffer along Wrights Creek, a freshwater tributary that empties into the Nanticoke River.

DNREC seeking volunteers for 2015 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:03
DOVER (March 10, 2015) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with DNREC’s annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches.

Entry deadline for youth artist rain barrel-painting contest extended to March 20

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:00
DOVER (March 10, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has extended the deadline for applications from school children and student groups to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating young Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. To enter the contest, young artists must complete and submit an application by the new deadline of Friday, March 20, with a description and preliminary sketch of their design.

Application deadline extended to March 20 for Delaware artists to enter rain barrel painting contest

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:57
DOVER (March 10, 2015) – DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section has extended the deadline for applications from Delaware artists to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at promoting the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Artists selected will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels that will be prominently displayed in the public eye.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife postpones opening of downstate trout season to March 14

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:03
DOVER (March 5, 2015) – Due to the recent extreme cold and today’s winter storm as forecast by the National Weather Service, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has postponed opening day of downstate trout season by one week, from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14 at Tidbury Pond near Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood. Both ponds will now remain closed to any fishing until March 14 in preparation for the new opening day.