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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 1 hour 32 min ago

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 23 to 29

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:54
DOVER (Oct. 3, 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. 23-29 made 733 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 79 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 33 citations.

Laurel man arrested on drug charges at Trap Pond State Park

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:31
LAUREL (Oct. 2, 2014) – Following an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Parks Enforcement rangers on Sept. 29 arrested a Sussex County man on drug charges

DNREC gets $443K wetlands program development grant from EPA to bolster state’s resiliency against sea level rise

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:45
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within the department’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has been awarded a three-year Wetland Program Development Grant for more than $443,000 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Time running out on Oct 15 deadline to enter DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:16
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – The Oct. 15 deadline is fast approaching to enter DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Delaware Hunting and Fishing Week lauds hunters and anglers for funding conservation and contributing to states economy

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:01
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation last weekend expanding on National Hunting & Fishing Day by declaring Sept. 27-Oct. 3 as Delaware Hunting & Fishing Week – celebrating the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s recognition of First State hunters and anglers for their funding of conservation and contribution to the state’s economy.

Public hearing on summer flounder management set for Oct 6

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:18
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will hold a joint public hearing regarding the future direction of summer flounder management in Delaware waters at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the DNREC Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

October to be proclaimed “Children in Nature” month

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:40
DOVER (Sept. 29, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Children in Nature Month” in Delaware.

Owens Station Shooting Sports and Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state owned facility

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:17
GREENWOOD (Sept. 28, 2014) – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 16 to 22

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:49
DOVER (Sept. 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 and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 16-22 made 1,214 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 156 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 86 citations.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 9 to 15

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:52
DOVER (Sept. 19, 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. 9-15 made 765 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 74 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 19 citations.

St Jones Reserve to host Arts in the Estuary celebration Sept 27

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:21
DOVER (Sept. 22, 2014) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) will celebrate National Estuary Day and host the Delaware Native Plant Society’s Annual Native Plant Sale during “Arts in the Estuary,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is free to the rain-or-shine event at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover and at the John Dickinson Plantation, located next door at 340 Kitts Hummock Road – two of the most treasured natural and cultural areas in Delaware.

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

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:40
DOVER (Sept. 19, 2014) – With cooler fall temperatures arriving, there’s still time to take advantage of the fine fishing weather to take that great photo and enter it in DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Oct. 15. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

DNREC extends public comment period through October 6 on proposed revision to gasoline vapor recovery regulations

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:34
DOVER (Sept. 19, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Air Quality conducted a public hearing August 28, 2014 on a proposed revision to Section 36 “Stage II Vapor Recovery” of 7 DE Admin Code 1124: “Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions.” The hearing record has been extended until close of business Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off day set for Saturday, Sept. 20 in Middletown

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:26
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – DNREC is rolling out another recycling opportunity for Delaware residents to turn in their old tires – by sponsoring a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at DelDOT Middletown Maintenance Yard, 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.

28th Delaware Coastal Cleanup and ‘Arts in the Estuary’ event at DNERR and John Dickinson Plantation highlight National Estuaries Week (Sept. 20-27)

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:04
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – With hands-on activities that include the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup and an “Arts in the Estuary” celebration replete with demonstrations, performances and native plants for sale, this year’s National Estuaries Week (September 20-27), offers an open opportunity for Delawareans to experience what’s been called America’s “tidally awesome” estuaries

Delaware to extend recreational black sea bass season

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:38
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – The early recreational black sea bass season will be extended for three days, remaining open Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The Division is making the change so that Delaware’s black sea bass regulations will match federal black sea bass regulations, as is required of southern region states from Delaware to North Carolina.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donations for 2014 to 2015 season

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:40
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.

Delaware to extend recreational black sea bass season

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – The early recreational black sea bass season will be extended for three days, remaining open Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The Division is making the change so that Delaware’s black sea bass regulations will match federal black sea bass regulations, as is required of southern region states from Delaware to North Carolina.

DNREC hosts Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series guided nature walk and celebration Sept. 20 in Seaford

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:07
SEAFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – Chapel Branch Nature Area in Sussex County will be the setting Saturday, Sept. 20, for the final 2014 event in the Reclaim Our River (ROR) - Nanticoke Series, a program offering monthly events, workshops and recreational activities all aimed at raising water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.

Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge in Wilmington State Parks' Brandywine Park back open following renovations

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:08
WILMINGTON (Sept. 17, 2014) – Almost two months to the day, the “swinging bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, has re-opened, following extensive renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington, and is a main artery for commuters who use the trail regularly to walk and bicycle to and from work and various other destinations.