News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 4 hours 43 min ago
DOVER (Oct. 9, 2014) – The October muzzleloader deer hunting season opens on Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.
LEWES (Oct. 8, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 17.1-pound sheepshead caught on Sept. 29. The fish was 28 inches long and had a girth of 24 inches.
TOWNSEND (Oct. 8, 2014) – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival will be held, rain or shine, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve – 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend – one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware.
Gov. Markell signs three bills to help spur brownfields development,while safeguarding Delaware’s groundwater and protecting public health
WILMINGTON (Oct. 6, 2014) – On a former brownfield site that’s now a WSFS Bank branch location, Gov. Jack Markell today signed legislation that enhances the state’s capabilities for transforming environmentally-impaired properties while also better protecting public health and groundwater resources from hazardous releases.
GEORGETOWN (Oct. 7, 2014) - Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited by the Sussex Conservation District to attend a free workshop on Wednesday evening, Nov. 12. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 East State Street, Millsboro, DE 19966.
DOVER (Oct. 7, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 12th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 27 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. While the event late last month in Middletown wasn’t among the program’s largest turnouts, it was still successful in removing almost 2,300 scrap tires from the state’s landscape
BEAR (Oct. 06, 2014) - Families, friends, individuals and children are invited to compete in “The Crazy Costume Dash,” a fun run for athletes of all ages and abilities, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m. Registration is open through the day of the race. Adults’ fee is $30, children 7-12 are $10, and kids 6 and under are admitted free of charge. $10 from each paid registration will go toward Delaware State Parks’ Environmental Education programs.
DOVER (Oct. 6, 2014) – The 20th season of the Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, will begin with its first training workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Blackbird State Forest Education Center, just north of Smyrna. The workshop will focus on soils and forestry tools and procedures.
DOVER (Oct. 3, 2013) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide.
LEWES (Oct. 3, 2014) – Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent between the Smith and Cannon buildings on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 38th year – is the university’s annual end-of-summer event that attracts thousands of people from Delaware and throughout the region.
DOVER (Oct. 3, 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 Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 23-29 made 733 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 79 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 33 citations.
LAUREL (Oct. 2, 2014) – Following an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Parks Enforcement rangers on Sept. 29 arrested a Sussex County man on drug charges
DNREC gets $443K wetlands program development grant from EPA to bolster state’s resiliency against sea level rise
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within the department’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has been awarded a three-year Wetland Program Development Grant for more than $443,000 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Time running out on Oct 15 deadline to enter DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – The Oct. 15 deadline is fast approaching to enter DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.
Delaware Hunting and Fishing Week lauds hunters and anglers for funding conservation and contributing to states economy
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation last weekend expanding on National Hunting & Fishing Day by declaring Sept. 27-Oct. 3 as Delaware Hunting & Fishing Week – celebrating the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s recognition of First State hunters and anglers for their funding of conservation and contribution to the state’s economy.
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will hold a joint public hearing regarding the future direction of summer flounder management in Delaware waters at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the DNREC Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway, Dover.
DOVER (Sept. 29, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Children in Nature Month” in Delaware.
Owens Station Shooting Sports and Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state owned facility
GREENWOOD (Sept. 28, 2014) – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.
DOVER (Sept. 26, 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 Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 16-22 made 1,214 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 156 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 86 citations.