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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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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.

Conservation Districts to sponsor 2014 conservation poster contest

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:03
DOVER (Sept. 17, 2014) – The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries now for their annual conservation poster contest based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 7. Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

One weekend only!Delaware Outdoor Family Campout will teach new campers the basics at Fort Delaware State Park

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:03
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – The Delaware Outdoor Family Program, which began last year as a way to bring families outdoors and into nature, returns this fall for just one weekend - on Sept. 27 - at Fort Delaware State Park. The campout is intended to introduce families to camping as a hobby and offers an exclusive opportunity to camp on Pea Patch Island within the walls of the historic Civil War fort.

Fall Migration Bird Walks offered at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:58
LEWES (Sept. 16, 2014) – Park naturalists at Cape Henlopen State Park will guide visitors in explorations of the park’s birding hot spots and search for birds during their fall migration. The program meets at 8 a.m. every until Nov. 11. Beginning birders are welcome.

Fort Delaware Season Extended

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:23
DELAWARE CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park invites visitors who missed a trip to the Civil War-era fort this summer to a weekend of programs on Sept. 27 and 28. Among the numerous activities available, visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on-blacksmithing programs. A special family campout is scheduled for Sept. 27; details are available at 302-834-7941. Programs will also be offered on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will feature a period wedding at 1 p.m.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp reopens with dredging completed

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:07
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – With maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel at Augustine Beach near Port Penn completed, the boat ramp and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin have reopened for public use, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 2 to 8

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:47
DOVER (Sept. 12, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Sept. 2-8 made 918 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 143 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 24 citations.

Delaware State Parks to join thousands around the U.S. to celebrate National Public Lands Day

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:48
DOVER (Sept. 12, 2014) – To support public lands and getting active outside, Delaware State Parks will host environmental education programs and recreational opportunities on Sept. 27, in five parks throughout the state. The event is part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). More than 175,000 people around the nation will volunteer or participate in various programs to beautify the land, improve their fitness and enjoy the outdoors.

DNREC and conservation partnership to launch Delawares 2nd annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:32
MILFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – DNREC Secretary David Small will join the Delaware Nature Society and 19 other organizations that comprise the conservation partnership S.O.S. Delaware for a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 to announce Delaware’s second annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week (Sept. 13-20) and to share information about sea level rise and its impact on Delaware.