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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 4 hours 56 min ago

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.

New Ralph D Kellam CR Center near Felton rededicated as sporting dog field trial and training facility

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:44
PETERSBURG (Sept. 9, 2014) – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis and a host of sporting dog club members from around Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic region to dedicate a new 2,400-square-foot building on the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area as the second Ralph D. Kellam Conservation and Recreation Center.

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

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:20
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2014) – Have you taken a great photo of a Delaware hunter in action, perhaps in a duck blind or deer stand? If so, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife invites you to enter the 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Sept 11 public hearing on interstate striped bass management plan

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:02
DOVER (Sept. 8, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 26 to Sept 1

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (Sept. 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Aug. 26-Sept. 1 made 3,061 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 873 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 122 citations.

Volunteers begin 2014 Hawk Watch at Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:51
DOVER (Sept. 5, 2014) – As the summer season slowly fades and an autumn chill returns to the air in Delaware, thousands of migrating raptors will travel south over Delaware on their way to warmer winter climates.

Public information meeting on planned improvements to Hearns Pond Dam set for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:46
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10 on planned improvements to the Hearns Pond Dam near Seaford,

First 2014 finding of West Nile Virus in DNREC Mosquito Controls sentinel chickens reported

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:24
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in Delaware in blood samples taken from DNREC’s sentinel chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases. The samples are collected as part of a statewide surveillance program conducted by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section. No cases of West Nile virus have been found in horses or humans so far in Delaware this year, with two cases found in wild birds in August.

Governor Markell signs bill declassifying and updating fines for certain hunting fishing and boating offenses

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:15
DOVER (Sept. 2, 2014) – Today at Wilmington’s DuPont Environmental Education Center, as DNREC Secretary David S. Small and Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine looked on, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation that changes more than three dozen less severe environmental offenses associated with wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating from environmental misdemeanors to environmental violations and exempts these violations from being included in state criminal history records.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 19 to 25

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:53
DOVER (Aug. 29, 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 Aug. 19-25 made 1,390 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 260 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 57 complaints and issued 93 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlife receives federal grant to monitor and provide education on white nose syndrome in bats

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:32
DOVER (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Delaware received a nearly $23,000 grant as one of 30 states to receive federal grants totaling nearly $1.3 million for projects related to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats as it spreads across North America.

Volunteers encouraged to sign up now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:52
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – There’s still time to sign up for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site. To pre-register, go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup. Pre-registration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Sept 11 public hearing on interstate striped bass management plan

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:50
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Park Road to reopen near UD’s Lewes campus

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:46
LEWES (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that Park Road in Lewes will be opened Saturday morning,

Delaware's dove and resident Canada goose and teal seasons to open in September

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:51
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – Delaware hunters will start honing their wing shooting skills Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.

Eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen beachnesting bird monitors report

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28
LEWES (Aug. 27, 2014) – With beachnesting bird season winding down and migratory shorebirds passing through, beachnesting bird monitors reported that six pairs of piping plovers fledged eight chicks this season, four on the Point and four at Gordons Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to open for Labor Day weekend

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:10
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin, which has been closed for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel Monday through Thursday each week since Sept. 4, will be temporarily open for the long Labor Day weekend from 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, until 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Hunters and trappers encouraged to use online registration system

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:40
DOVER (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s upgraded and improved Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system has hit a bull’s eye with its targeted users since it was introduced last year – and the Division has been pleased with how swiftly it operates, too.

DNREC-approved South Chapel Street Yard Waste Site fully operational

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:34
NEWARK (Aug. 25, 2014) – A DNREC-approved yard waste drop-off site located at 1034 South Chapel Street in Newark and operated by Holland Mulch is now fully operational.

Ocean View man charged with theft at Delaware Seashore State Park

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:42
REHOBOTH BEACH (Aug. 25, 2014) – Following an investigation into a criminal mischief case at Delaware Seashore State Park, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Parks Enforcement rangers on Aug. 22 arrested Bryce L. Coviello, 26, of Ocean View.