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Five finalists in youth rain barrel painting contest to be displayed at State Fair for voting by fairgoers

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:33
DOVER (June 16, 2014) – The top five painted rain barrels from the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) have been chosen by public online voting, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section announced today.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: June 3-9

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:01
DOVER (June 13, 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 June 3-9 made 2,086 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public

Trap Pond State Park to host Great American Backyard Campout

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:04
DOVER (June 13, 2014) – Thousands of families across the nation and in Delaware will unplug and get outside on June 28 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. People will participate in this national event by vowing to sleep under the stars, whether they camp in parks, on public lands or even in their own backyards.

Cape Henlopen State Park swimming areas delay opening Tuesday after apparent shark bite

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:09
LEWES (June 9, 2014) - DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation announced Monday evening that swimming areas at Cape Henlopen State Park are to delay opening Tuesday while biologists and lifeguards monitor the ocean beaches for unusual activity after a Delmar teenager reportedly was bitten on the arm by a shark this afternoon.

10th annual Adventure Race Series supports environmental education in Delaware’s parks

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:38
DOVER (June 6, 2014) –This year’s Delaware State Parks’ Adventure Race Series marks the 10th anniversary of the annual program. The series provides the opportunity for athletes of all skill and age levels to enjoy the parks.

DNREC releases “DIY Rain Barrels” video for wise water use

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:17
DOVER (June 9, 2014) – DNREC’s YouTube Channel this week premiered a video highlighting the importance of using water wise techniques around the home to help improve water quality. The “DIY Rain Barrels” video

Dagsboro man dies after jet ski runs aground in Indian River inlet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:28
LEWES (June 6, 2014) – Delaware Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement is investigating an accident in the Indian River Inlet in which a 55-year-old Dagsboro man died Friday after trying to free his jet ski which had run aground on a sandbar.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter May 27 to June 2

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:19
DOVER (June 6, 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 May 27-June 2 made 1,600 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 186 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 38 citations.

EPA highlights Delaware as model for reducing power plant pollution

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:04
Dover (June 5, 2014) – Visiting a natural gas facility construction site adjacent to a utility-scale solar plant that represents part of Delaware’s effective effort to reduce power industry pollution,

Three injured in accident involving Delaware City fireboat

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:36
DELAWARE CITY (June 4, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are investigating a boating accident that injured three crew members of the Delaware City Fire Company when their fire-and-rescue vessel struck a rock jetty near the Reedy Point Bridge on the C&D Canal. The accident occurred around midnight June 4 while the Delaware City fireboat was assisting in a search for an overdue recreational boat.

Nominate a Young Environmentalist for DNRECs 2014 awards

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:33
DOVER (June 5, 2014) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? There’s still time for teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for DNREC’s 2014 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 20, 2014.

First piping plover chicks of the season hatching at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:21
LEWES (June 5, 2014) – This season’s first piping plover chicks began hatching yesterday on the Point at Cape Henlopen, Delaware beachnesting bird monitors reported, noting the nest contained one chick and three eggs when observed. The other eggs were expected to hatch by today.

Delaware State Parks Summer Camps filling up fast

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:00
DOVER (June 5, 2014) – There are only a limited number of spaces still available in Delaware State Parks summer day camps throughout the state. State park day camps offer families safe, supervised educational and recreational opportunities for children during summer vacation. Camps also promote healthy lifestyles by getting children outdoors to enjoy nature.

Public open house at the Brandywine Zoo to be held on June 9

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 08:55
WILMINGTON (June 5, 2014) – The Brandywine Zoo, The Delaware Zoological Society and Delaware State Parks invite the public to an open house at Blue Ball Barn on Monday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Delaware State Parks participating in National Trails Day on June 7

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:48
DOVER (June 4, 2014) – Delaware State Parks will take part in the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) on Saturday, June 7, for the 22nd annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more. Delaware State Parks will offer programs statewide Saturday in different parks.

Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 7 and 8

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:22
DOVER (June 2, 2014) – Been thinking of casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming about a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2014 Delaware fishing license yet? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity for you.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 7

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:20
DOVER (June 2, 2014) – As part of its activities for National Fishing Week, June 1-8, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Silver Lake Park in Dover – a new location for Kent County this year – and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Delaware State Parks 2014 Adventure Race Series features new races

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:51
DOVER (May 30, 2014) – Participants in the 2014 Delaware State Parks Adventure Race Series will enjoy some new formats as well as familiar favorites. The series begins with Full Moon 5K on June 14 at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington. The 2014 series includes four additional races: Baldcypress Challenge at Trap Pond State Park, Cachin’ In Geocache Race at Killens Pond State Park, Bring it on at Bellevue at Bellevue State Park and Crazy Costume Dash at Lums Pond State Park.

Division of Fish and Wildlife to host Take a Kid Fishing programs on June 21 and July 19

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:27
DOVER (May 30, 2014) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! Program has two more upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

Fort Delaware State Park’s Victorian Kids Fest Weekend

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:12
DELAWARE CITY (May 30, 2014) – Fort Delaware has dozens of activities scheduled for the weekend of June 7, including a special Victorian Kids Fest, a vintage baseball game and more.