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DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Jan. 14-20

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:22
DOVER (Jan. 24, 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

Gray squirrel stars in new DNREC YouTube Channel “Wild Notebook” video

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:55
DOVER (Jan. 21, 2014) – Coinciding with the National Wildlife Federation’s Squirrel Appreciation Day, DNREC has released the second video in the DNREC YouTube Channel’s Wild Notebook series: “The Gray Squirrel.”

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 7 to 13

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 16:13
DOVER (Jan. 17, 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 Jan. 7-13 made 447 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 18 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 19 citations.

2013 Conservation Poster Contest winners announced

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 16:10
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2014) – The New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Conservation Districts recently sponsored a conservation poster contest. This year’s theme was “Where Does Your Water Shed?” A total of 105 posters were judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

DNREC now accepting grant proposals for surface water project planning

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:42
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for surface water project planning.

Jan 31 deadline approaching to submit those great shots of Delaware hunters in action to hunting photo contest

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:03
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2014) – DOVER (Jan. 17, 2014) – There’s still time, with deer and waterfowl seasons continuing through January, for photographers to take great photos of Delaware hunters in action and submit them to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest in time for the Jan. 31 deadline. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published later this year.

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for non native plant weedout at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area on Feb 9

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:58
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with a habitat restoration project to remove ornamental non-native plants at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area east of Smyrna from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.

DNREC sponsors rain barrel painting contest to promote barrels’ use in reducing rainwater runoff

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:30
DOVER (Jan. 14, 2014) – DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a rain-barrel painting contest as a fun way to educate the public on the benefits of using the barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Artists from throughout the state will be selected and invited to paint creative designs on a rain barrel for public display.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 31 to Jan 6

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 09:20
DOVER (Jan. 10, 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 Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 6 made 487 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 43 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 33 citations.

DNREC Secretary’s Order authorizes use of lethal action on coyotes posing threat to humans, livestock or pets

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 16:26
DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara has issued a Secretary’s Order effective Jan. 11, authorizing landowners to use certain firearms all year on coyotes conditionally for human safety and the protection of livestock or domestic animals.

DNREC issues $81,426 penalty to Summit Aviation, Inc. for hazardous waste violations

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:57
DOVER (Jan. 10, 2014) – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara has issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty and Secretary’s Order to Summit Aviation, Inc. for violations of Delaware’s laws and regulations governing hazardous waste management

DNREC to host ASMFC hearing on Jan 10 about 2014 black sea bass and summer flounder management options

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:13
DOVER (Jan. 8, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission public hearing at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 to gather public comment on 2014 management options for black sea bass and summer flounder. The hearing will be held in the DNREC Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway in Dover.

Sussex men charged with weapons and hunting violations

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:41
FRANKFORD (Jan. 7, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested two Sussex County men Jan. 5 near Frankford on numerous hunting violations following a call from a concerned citizen regarding deer hunting on a Sunday. The arrests were made with the assistance of Enforcement Labrador retriever K9 Warden’s tracking skills.

Delaware water quality to improve as a result of new wastewater system regulations

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:08
DOVER (Jan. 7, 2014) – Delaware’s revised wastewater system regulations will become effective Jan. 11, 2014. The regulations keep pace with changes in technology for large and small systems, protect public health and reduce pollution in groundwater, streams, rivers and bays, helping Delaware to meet its goal of achieving clean water.

Wetlands and Sea Level Rise video now available on YouTubes Delaware DNREC channel

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:31
DOVER (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship recently posted the third installment to their “Wetlands 101” online video series, which provides introductory information to viewers about wetlands.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 24 to 30

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:56
DOVER (Jan. 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 Dec. 24-30 made 503 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 58 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 13 citations.

Delaware anglers reminded that recreational black sea bass season closes on Jan 1 2014

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:20
DOVER (Dec. 31, 2013) – To meet requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), of which Delaware is a member state, the recreational black sea bass season will be closed in Delaware coastal waters on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in accordance with state regulations adopted Nov. 11, 2013. Federal waters, which begin 3 miles from shore, also will be closing on Jan. 1, 2014.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 17 to 23

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:21
DOVER (Dec. 27, 2013) – 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 Dec. 17-23 made 517 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 20 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 10 citations.

Xmas tree recycling – a Delaware tradition – carries on statewide for 2013-14

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:36
DOVER (Dec. 26, 2013) – Delawareans are encouraged to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by delivering their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Many of the facilities will accept the trees for free

Delaware releases 2012 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:35
DOVER (Dec. 23, 2013) – The annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2012 from Delaware’s industrial facilities was marked by significant decreases in releases to air compared to 2011 and by increases in releases to water and the total amount of waste reported.