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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 hours 45 min ago

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:18
DOVER (October 17, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, and the Financial Assistance Branch 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. November 24.

Governor Markell signs new bill to enable DNREC to issue low-numbered surf fishing vehicle plates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:42
INDIAN RIVER LIFE-SAVING STATION AND MUSEUM (Oct.16, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small, legislators and surf fishing groups and enthusiasts were on hand today as the Governor signed HB348, which allows DNREC and the Division of Parks & Recreation to issue low-numbered surf vehicle plates (1-1000) by sale or auction.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife stocks trout for fall in White Clay Creek

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:41
WHITE CLAY CREEK (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Fisheries Section of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that White Clay Creek has received its annual fall stocking of trout. Fall stockings have occurred at White Clay Creek since 2007.

Community Involvement Advisory Council meets Oct. 21 at Smyrna Rest Area

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:50
DOVER (Oct. 16, 2014) – Delaware’s Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will meet Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Rest Area’s conference room, 5500 DuPont Parkway, Smyrna, DE 19977.

DuPont Nature Center closed for winter reopening April 1 2015

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:55
SLAUGHTER BEACH/MILFORD (Oct. 14, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve is closed for the winter, reopening Wednesday, April 1, 2015 for the busy spring and summer seasons. The center is owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 30 to Oct 6

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:53
DOVER (Oct. 10, 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 Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 30-Oct. 6 made 1,521 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 79 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 32 citations.

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

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:08
DOVER (Oct. 13, 2014) – With a number of fall hunting seasons underway, now is the perfect time to take that great photo of a Delaware hunter in action, and enter it in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council public hearing and meeting set for Wed., Oct. 15 in Dover

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:27
DOVER (Oct. 8, 2014) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Oct.15, beginning at 9 a.m. with a public hearing followed by the WIAC meeting, in Conference Room 220 of the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife receives National Park Service grant to potentially enhance access to Nanticoke River

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:01
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Fish & Wildlife has received a $30,633 award from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office to design a potential water access project at Woodland Wharf on the Nanticoke River.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reminds citizens to review Delaware and federal regulations before posting fish or wildlife parts for sale

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:58
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2014) – Over the past 10 days, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers investigated two separate cases involving illegal possession and attempted sale of prohibited fish or wildlife parts.

Statewide muzzleloader deer hunting season to open Oct 10

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:54
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2014) – The October muzzleloader deer hunting season opens on Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

State record 17 pound sheepshead caught from fishing boat out of Lewes

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:25
LEWES (Oct. 8, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 17.1-pound sheepshead caught on Sept. 29. The fish was 28 inches long and had a girth of 24 inches.

Blackbird Creek Reserves Oct 18 fall festival to celebrate Delawares outdoor treasures

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:17
TOWNSEND (Oct. 8, 2014) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve – 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend – one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware.

Gov. Markell signs three bills to help spur brownfields development,while safeguarding Delaware’s groundwater and protecting public health

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:27
WILMINGTON (Oct. 6, 2014) – On a former brownfield site that’s now a WSFS Bank branch location, Gov. Jack Markell today signed legislation that enhances the state’s capabilities for transforming environmentally-impaired properties while also better protecting public health and groundwater resources from hazardous releases.

Free workshop on stormwater pond maintenance set for Nov 12

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:00
GEORGETOWN (Oct. 7, 2014) - Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited by the Sussex Conservation District to attend a free workshop on Wednesday evening, Nov. 12. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 East State Street, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Middletown collects 27 tons of tires

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:36
DOVER (Oct. 7, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 12th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 27 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. While the event late last month in Middletown wasn’t among the program’s largest turnouts, it was still successful in removing almost 2,300 scrap tires from the state’s landscape

“Crazy Costume Dash” at Lums Pond State Park to help support the Children in Nature initiative

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:25
BEAR (Oct. 06, 2014) - Families, friends, individuals and children are invited to compete in “The Crazy Costume Dash,” a fun run for athletes of all ages and abilities, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m. Registration is open through the day of the race. Adults’ fee is $30, children 7-12 are $10, and kids 6 and under are admitted free of charge. $10 from each paid registration will go toward Delaware State Parks’ Environmental Education programs.

Team advisors and high school students sought for 20th Delaware Envirothon

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (Oct. 6, 2014) – The 20th season of the Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, will begin with its first training workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Blackbird State Forest Education Center, just north of Smyrna. The workshop will focus on soils and forestry tools and procedures.

Special waterfowl deer and turkey hunting days for youth disabled hunters announced

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:25
DOVER (Oct. 3, 2013) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide.

DNREC showcases coastal and natural resources on Oct 5 at Coast Day in Lewes

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:22
LEWES (Oct. 3, 2014) – Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent between the Smith and Cannon buildings on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 38th year – is the university’s annual end-of-summer event that attracts thousands of people from Delaware and throughout the region.