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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 12 min ago

Delaware State Parks seeks the public’s help to raise funds to make beaches more accessible

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:52
DOVER (Dec.10, 2014) – Delaware State Parks is working with the National Recreation and Park Association’s crowd-funding initiative, “Fund Your Park,” to provide inclusive access to Delaware’s ocean beaches for disabled visitors.

Delaware State Parks to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:55
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2014) – Delaware State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in nine state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. The hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year by connecting with the outdoors on Jan. 1 at a state park close to home.

Tussock Pond parking lot improvements postponed

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:06
DOVER (Dec. 9, 2014) – Due to inclement weather, the parking lot repaving work at Tussock Pond near Laurel that was scheduled for early this week has been postponed, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Delaware waterfowl hunting seasons reopen Dec 12

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:52
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds waterfowlers that the last of three 2014-15 season segments or splits for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese in Delaware opens Friday, Dec. 12 – with duck season running through Saturday, Jan. 24, and Canada goose season running through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Annual Delaware TRI report shows decreases in emissions to air, water and land

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:00
DOVER (Dec. 8, 2014) – The 2013 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data and annual report from Delaware’s industrial facilities shows a significant decrease in onsite releases as compared to the state’s 2012 TRI report, good news for Delaware’s environment and for improving public health.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 24-30

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:30
DOVER (Dec. 5, 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 & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 24-30 made 954 contacts

Tussock Pond to close Dec 9 for parking lot improvements

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:19
DOVER (Dec. 3, 2014) – Access to the parking lot and boat ramp at Tussock Pond near Laurel will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 9 to allow contractors to complete parking lot improvements and upgrades, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for Wed, Dec. 10 in Dover

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:37
The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife holding public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 17:48
DOVER (Dec. 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is holding a series of public workshops to share information and gather feedback regarding wildlife services and proposed changes to hunting and trapping license fees.

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Bear

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:54
DOVER (Dec. 3, 2014) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place, Bear, DE 19701.

Volunteers needed for habitat restoration project at Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Bethel on Dec 7

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:14
Volunteers needed for habitat restoration project at Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Bethel on Dec. 7

Governor Markell highlights Delaware’s progress in recycling

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:22
Governor Jack Markell highlighted Delaware’s significant progress in recycling today, as the State sunsets a four-cent recycling fee established to enhance the state’s recycling rate and the diversion of recyclables that would otherwise be landfilled.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 17 to 23

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:12
DOVER (Nov. 26, 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 & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 17-23 made 907 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including nine vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 39 citations.

Community Involvement Advisory Council to meet Dec 2 at Smyrna State Service Center

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:12
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – Delaware’s Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will meet Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the Smyrna State Service Center’s large conference room, 200 South DuPont Highway, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters to be aware of shared hunting grounds during mixed seasons

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:09
DOVER (Nov. 26, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that a variety of game is in season from now until February, and to be aware of other hunters carrying diverse firearms and other weapons and seeking different game animals. Small game hunters, squirrel hunters in particular, should know that they may find themselves sharing their hunting spots with camouflaged archery deer hunters in tree stands.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold public workshops on proposed increases to hunting and trapping license fees

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:25
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced a series of public workshops to share information and gather feedback regarding wildlife services and proposed changes to hunting and trapping license fees. Hunting license fee revenues have decreased in the past decade and program operating costs have increased, resulting in the need to reduce various wildlife program operations and services.

Delaware State Parks seeks public input in plans to raise user fees; the first increase in a decade

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:05
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is proposing increases in certain user fees, and is seeking input from the public on the proposed changes. Delaware State Parks has maintained a high level of public service without adjusting fees for the last 10 years. As enacted by the Delaware General Assembly, passed in the FY15 Bond and Capital Improvement Act (HB 425), the division is seeking input on the proposal through three public open houses in December - one in each county.

November meeting of Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish rescheduled for Dec 9

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:37
DOVER (Nov. 24, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25 has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Nov 11 to 17

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:40
DOVER (Nov. 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 11-17 made 1,243 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including five vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 65 citations.

Woodland Beach fishing pier to close for paving repairs Nov 21

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (Nov. 20, 2014) – The fishing pier at Woodland Beach near Smyrna will be closed Friday, Nov.21 to allow contractors to complete parking lot repairs adjacent to the pier, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.