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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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Annual Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contests set for April 23

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:42
DOVER (April 1, 2015) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Delaware Agriculture Museum and Village in Dover for the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests. Entries will be on display at the museum through Friday, May 8.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife now accepting applications for low number hunting license lottery on June 3

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:35
DOVER (April 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is now accepting applications from Delaware residents for its low-number hunting license lottery. The Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct the lottery drawing for 15 available low-number Delaware hunting licenses with numbers under 1,000 at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the auditorium at DNREC’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building.

DNREC order extends Peninsula Compost Company’s closure deadline by three months, with $10,000 daily fines for failure to comply by June 30

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:53
DOVER (March 31, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small has issued a Conciliation Order by Consent to Peninsula Compost Company, LLC, extending the closure deadline of Peninsula’s Wilmington facility by three months to June 30, 2015

Delaware students ‘Make a Splash’ and learn about protecting water resources

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:36
DOVER (March 31, 2015) – More than 650 fourth grade students from seven elementary schools participated in today’s Make a Splash festival, an event that educates students on the diversity of estuary life and the importance of Delaware’s water resources.

DNREC seeking volunteers for 2015 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:40
DOVER (March 31, 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.

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site will shorten schedule; site to be closed Mondays and Tuesdays starting April 6

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:46
DOVER (March 30, 2015) – In order to reduce operating costs and discourage commercial use of DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site in northern New Castle County, the site will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays, effective April 6.

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Georgetown collects almost 39 tons of tires

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:19
DOVER (March 30, 2015) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 14th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 38.81 tons of old and disused tires for recycling.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 9 to 15

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:52
DOVER (March 20, 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 9-15 made 681 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 11 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued four citations.

New campground and other enhancements transform Delaware Seashore State Park

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:51
Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or Jim Westhoff, DelDOT Public Relations, 302-943-3589 New campground and other enhancements transform Delaware Seashore State Park REHOBOTH BEACH (March 27, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell, Federal Highway Administration Delaware Administrator Mary Ridgeway, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, and DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens joined other officials today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, opening the brand new North Inlet

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 16 to 22

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:51
DOVER (March 27, 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 16-22 made 1,141 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 52 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 21 citations.

Annual wild turkey hunt for youth and non ambulatory disabled hunters set for April 4

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:39
DOVER (March 27, 2015) – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2015 spring wild turkey season, youths aged 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 4. Youth and disabled hunters will be able to hunt wild turkeys on private property, state wildlife areas and state forest lands.

Assawoman Wildlife Area road closures announced due to boat ramp improvements

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:34
FRANKFORD (March 27, 2015) – The access road to Mulberry Landing Boat Ramp on Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach will be partially closed periodically over the next two to three weeks for boat ramp improvements including bulkhead replacement, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Wilmington again ranked a top U.S. city for solar energy; Leadership and state energy legislation, policies cited for the city’s growth in solar power

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:49
WILMINGTON (March 26, 2015) –Wilmington again has been named one of the nation’s “Solar Stars” – among the top cities in the U.S. for solar energy. In the report, Shining Cities – Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America, released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Wilmington is ranked 1st in the South Atlantic region and 5th among cities nationwide for solar capacity per capita in 2014.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hosts open house in Delaware Thursday, April 2 to sound out public on seismic permitting in Atlantic Ocean

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:12
DOVER (March 26, 2015) – The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will host two open houses Thursday, April 2 in Delaware to share information on the geological and geophysical (G&G) permitting process on the Atlantic Coast.

DNREC Parks Enforcement reminds visitors that flying drones is restricted in Delaware State Parks

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:15
DOVER (March 25, 2015) – With the increasing popularity of unmanned aircraft, particularly hobby drones, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware State Parks that the use of drones on all park lands is restricted

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.