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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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DNREC issues Secretary’s Order to Norfolk Southern Railway Co., regarding contamination at 12th Street dump site in Wilmington

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:54
DOVER (June 23, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David Small has issued a Secretary’s Order to Norfolk Southern Railway Co., a/k/a Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC), for non-compliance with Delaware’s laws and regulations governing the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA).

DNREC highlights Delaware’s new mosquito spray notification system during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:22
DOVER (June 22, 2015) – In observance of the 19th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 21-27), DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is highlighting the state’s new spray notification system while encouraging Delawareans to take precautions to avoid or reduce mosquito bites by putting particular emphasis on eliminating backyard mosquito-producing habitat.

Division of Fish & Wildlife upgrades continue at Rosedale Beach boat ramp to install floating dock; intermittent closures expected

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:54
DOVER (June 22, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today that upgrades and an associated construction schedule at the Rosedale Beach Boat Ramp near Millsboro have been extended to July 1

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 8-14

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:15
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 8-14 made 1,457 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 273 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 54 complaints and issued 27 citations,

DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River Nanticoke Series offers Eco Paddle and BBQ June 27 in Laurel

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:08
LAUREL (June 19, 2015) – The tranquil waters of Riverfront Park in Laurel will be the setting Saturday, June 27 for the second-annual Eco Paddle canoe and kayak exploration and education float trip on the Nanticoke River. The outing – originally scheduled for Phillips Landing, also in Laurel – was relocated to Riverfront Park because of a venue date conflict.

Gov. Markell proclaims June 20 “American Eagle Day” as Delaware celebrates symbol of freedom and wildlife restoration success story

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:51
DOVER (June 19, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell has proclaimed Saturday, June 20, as “American Eagle Day” in Delaware, concurrent with a national day of celebrating the bald eagle as emblematic of American freedom and independence, and for its dramatic recovery starting in the late 20th century from the brink of extinction.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating apparent Sussex County drowning

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:09
BETHANY BEACH (June 10, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the apparent drowning Tuesday afternoon of an 86-year-old Rehoboth Beach man who fell overboard while working on his docked boat at the South Shore Marina on the Indian River.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 1 to 7

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:03
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – 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 & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 1-7 made 1,743 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 129 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 34 citations.

DNREC’s Delaware Mosquito Control Section announces new spray zone notification system

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:02
DOVER (June 19, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section today announced a new communications tool for notifying the public of its insect-fighting applications: The Spray Zone Notification System (SZNS), an online program that pairs spray zone mapping with the Delaware Notification Service

Delaware selected as winner of national Excellence Award for innovative outdoor recreation and conservation planning tools

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:43
DOVER (June 18, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has placed Delaware at the forefront of recreation and conservation planning by being selected for the 2015 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Excellence Award. The award recognizes Delaware State Parks for its use of innovative tools that prioritize construction of outdoor recreation facilities to increase trail and new park opportunities, as well as revitalize amenities in need of replacement.

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, June 24 in Dover

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:37
DOVER (June 16, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Division of Motor Vehicles Conference Room, 303 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19903.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for June 17 in Dover

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:40
DOVER (June 15, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for June 17 in Dover

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:27
DOVER (June 15, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Police seek witnesses to fatal motorcycle accident at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 16:38
LEWES (June 13, 2015) – DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed a motorcycle accident Thursday evening at Cape Henlopen State Park to come forward with information

Townsend area farmers receive Cooperator of the Year Award from New Castle Conservation District

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 17:02
TOWNSEND (June 12, 2015) – Norman and Gwen Pierce, owners of Union Ridge Farms near Townsend, are the recipients of the New Castle Conservation District’s Cooperator of the Year Award, presented annually to a farmer in the district who has exhibited a high degree of interest in conservation for their farm operation.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results from 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:01
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6 at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

National Marine Fisheries Service enacts emergency action for blueline tilefish

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:26
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has enacted emergency action to protect blueline tilefish while a long-term management plan is developed to reduce fishing mortality and help ensure the long-term sustainability of a species that is very susceptible to overfishing. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, proposing a regulation in line with NMFS’s emergency action, will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 in the DNREC auditorium.

Four Delaware artificial reefs in Atlantic Ocean to receive federal designation July 9 as Special Management Zones

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:39
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has established Special Management Zones (SMZ) at four of Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean artificial reefs

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 13

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:25
DOVER (June 11, 2015) – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers and boats for the 11th Annual Inland Bays Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13. DNREC once again is lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.

DNREC project aimed at reducing environmental impacts continues around Lewes Public Boat Ramp

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:21
LEWES (June 9, 2015) – A project aimed at lessening environmental impacts including erosion at the Lewes Public Boat Ramp and which partners DNREC’s Divisions of Fish & Wildlife and Watershed Stewardship with the Center for the Inland Bays is making improvements to the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal shoreline, the boat ramp parking lot and the neighboring DNREC Shoreline & Waterway Management facility on Pilottown Road.