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Two Sussex men charged with weapons, hunting violations

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:32
SEAFORD (March 6, 2014) – Following an investigation, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested two Sussex County men March 1 on numerous hunting violations that occurred near Seaford and Laurel over the past hunting season.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Feb. 25-March 3

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:32
DOVER (March 7, 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 Feb. 25-March 3 made 360 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 29 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks.

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife extends muskrat trapping season due to February’s severe winter weather

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:05
DOVER (March 7, 2014) – Due to severe winter weather involving widespread icing conditions and snowfall during the month of February, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has extended the muskrat trapping season by seven days.

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2014 frog monitoring

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52
DOVER (March 6, 2014) – The sound of frogs calling in the night is more than just a sign of spring’s arrival. This familiar sound is also a call to volunteers across the state to participate in the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Program (DAMP).

Clean Water for Delaware's Future

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:18
Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara have proposed Clean Water for Delaware’s Future – a comprehensive upgrade plan for protecting public health and cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams within a generation, while creating jobs and strengthening Delaware’s economy.

Trout stocked for downstate Delawares 2014 season opener on March 1

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 15:12
DOVER (Feb. 28, 2014) – With patches of snow lingering on the ground and only hints of warmth from the sun, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries staff met a large truck from Pennsylvania yesterday at the gates of Tidbury Creek Park just south of Dover. They lost no time getting to their task – to prepare Tidbury Pond for its annual rite of spring, the opening of downstate Delaware’s 2014 trout season on Saturday, March 1.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 18 to 24

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:45
DOVER (Feb. 28, 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 Feb. 18-24 made 986 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 14 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued two citations.

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2014 beachnesting season

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:08
LEWES (Feb. 25, 2014) The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Saturday, March 1, for the benefit of piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds.

DNREC postpones Water Quality Standards and TMDL hearings until April 29

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:06
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2014) – In response to preliminary feedback from the US Environmental Protection Agency, DNREC has postponed Water Quality Standards and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) public hearings scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, until April 29.

Public Listening Session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework set for Feb. 27 in Lewes

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:08
LEWES, Del (Feb. 18, 2014) – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework by participating in a listening session. Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host a public listening session from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 at DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Services Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

DuPont Nature Center to reopen March 1

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:51
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will reopen on Saturday, March 1 after being closed for the winter. Spring hours from March 1 through May 3 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 11 to 17

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:42
DOVER (Feb. 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Feb. 11-17 made 148 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including eight vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued five citations.

REMINDER: Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold second public workshop Feb. 26 on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:11
DOVER (Feb. 25, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a second public workshop on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations currently under development at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26.

DNREC seeks volunteers for osprey monitoring project

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:45
DOVER (Feb. 21, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to help monitor the state’s osprey population. These majestic raptors with their distinctive stick-built nests on tall poles or platforms can be seen along many Delaware waterways, especially Sussex County’s Inland Bays.

DuPont achieves second LEED Gold Building Certification at Wilmington area campus

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:29
WILMINGTON (Feb. 20, 2014) – DuPont today announced that a four-story, 170,000 square foot office building at its Chestnut Run Plaza facility has achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the Gold level. This is the second Gold level LEED certification that DuPont achieved for new construction projects in the Wilmington area.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Dover

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:18
DOVER (Feb. 20, 2014) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

Community Involvement Advisory Council to meet Monday, Feb. 24

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:36
SMYRNA (Feb. 20, 2014) – The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will hold a meeting from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Monday, Feb. 24 at the Smyrna State Service Center Conference Room, 200 S. DuPont Highway, Smyrna, DE 19977

State of Delaware and University of Delaware partner to create electric vehicle charging station network

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:57
NEWARK (Feb. 19, 2014) – Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb. 4 to 10

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:45
DOVER (Feb. 14, 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 Feb. 4-10 made 400 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 14 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded issued 24 citations.

More volunteers needed for beach grass planting at Delaware Seashore State Park on March 22

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:58
SUSSEX COUNTY (Feb. 17, 2014) – More volunteers are needed at Delaware Seashore State Park for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. The event, now in its 25th year, helps protect Delaware shorelines by planting Cape American beach grass on sand dunes at beaches along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.