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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 31 min ago

David Small sworn in as new DNREC Secretary

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:42
DOVER (July 2, 2014) – David Small was sworn in this morning as the 10th Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup on July 12

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:02
DOVER (July 2, 2014) – The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th Annual Cleanup of the Inland Bays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 12. DNREC once again is lending support through the Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, along with the Division of Parks & Recreation.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results from 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:11
DOVER (June 30, 2014) Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted 168 young anglers and their families who gathered earlier this month at three Delaware ponds for the 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All of the fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: June 17-23

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:12
DOVER (June 27, 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 17-23 made 1,697 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public

Sens. Carper and Coons, US Rep. Carney and Sec. O’Mara highlight $6.9 million in federal funding for Delaware Bayshore projects

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:33
DELAWARE BAYSHORE (June 27, 2014) – With the scenic beauty of Mispillion Harbor Reserve as a backdrop, dignitaries highlighted the state’s $6.9 million in funding from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) through Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency appropriations.

Delaware to participate in Operation Dry Water June 27-29

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:49
DOVER (June 26, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section today announced that Delaware once again will participate in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education event aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

Cape Henlopen State Park to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:28
LEWES (June 26, 2014) – Cape Henlopen State Park turns 50 this year, and there will be plenty of activities to mark the milestone occasion. It is Delaware’s largest state park at 5,320 acres. The park is renowned for its five miles of beautiful ocean beaches, dynamic dune environment, stunning coastal and tidal wetland views, woodland trails, and a rich cultural and historic heritage. There is an Observation Tower (an old World War II fire control tower open to the public that features 115 steps to the top,

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 22 to 28

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:40
DOVER (June 24, 2014) – The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 22-28 as the 18th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and in observance of the event, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section is encouraging Delawareans to take precautions to avoid or reduce mosquito bites, and to put particular emphasis on eliminating backyard mosquito-producing habitat.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to begin annual banding of barn owls

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:47
DOVER (June 24, 2014) – Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists will begin banding barn owls this week during their annual checkup and cleaning of barn owl nesting boxes, including 17 boxes in state wildlife areas and eight boxes in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Banding provides valuable information on life span, home range, nest site fidelity and migratory patterns, and in estimating population size.

Cape Henlopen State Park and Cape May Lewes Ferry to celebrate 50th anniversaries with June 29 fireworks display

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:31
LEWES (June 24, 2014) – Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are both celebrating 50 years of service to Delaware’s residents and guests. In honor of the milestone, a special fireworks presentation will be held at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, June 29 from the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. Public access to the pier will close to at 6 a.m. that morning to prepare for the fireworks display.

Gov. Markell, DNREC Sec. O’Mara announce repairs and restorations of New Castle levees

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:24
NEW CASTLE, Del. (June 23, 2014) – Today at the newly restored Gambacorta Marsh Dike, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, State Senator Nicole Poore (D-Barbs Farm) and State Representative Michael Mulrooney (D-Pennwood) were joined by City of New Castle Mayor Donald Reese, council members and other officials to highlight a multi-year effort to repair and restore the centuries-old levees that provide the City of New Castle

Gov. Markell, DNREC Sec. O’Mara and Sen. Blevins announce new plans to build pedestrian and bicycle trail in Elsmere

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:46
ELSMERE, Del. (June 23, 2014) – Today, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, and Delaware Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins met with Elsmere Mayor Steven Burg and council members to announce plans and funding for a new pedestrian and bicycle trail in the town.

Woodland Beach Wildlife Area named for conservationist and longtime wildlife professional Tony Florio

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:56
WOODLAND BEACH (June 23, 2014) – This morning, DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small joined a host of Division of Fish and Wildlife staff past and present and members of the local conservation community to dedicate the state’s Woodland Beach Wildlife Area to Anthony J. “Tony” Florio, longtime state wildlife professional, conservationist and Delaware artist.

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Monday, June 23 in New Castle

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:27
DOVER (June 19, 2014) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Environmental Education Building located at 1101 Lambsons Lane, New Castle DE 19720.

Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge in Brandywine Park to close for renovations

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 16:25
WILMINGTON (June 20, 2014) – The “swinging bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, will close for renovations starting Monday morning, June 23. It will remain closed as long as three months for renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter June 10 to 16

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:41
DOVER (June 20, 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 10-16 made 952 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 81 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 77 complaints and issued 43 citations.

Free summer concert series offers performances statewide

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:29
DOVER (June 19, 2014) – Six days a week this summer, music lovers can visit one of five different state parks to enjoy free concerts. DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation’s Summer Concert Series is back again this year, presenting a wide variety of family-friendly outdoor performances at Bellevue, Killens Pond, Trap Pond, White Clay Creek and Wilmington State Parks. The concert series will entertain audiences at 6:30 p.m. until Labor Day.

Commercial crabber fined for failure to report horseshoe crab harvest

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:51
CEDAR CREEK (June 19, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited commercial fisherman Travis J. Mick, 31, of Milford, for failure to report horseshoe crab landings within a 24-hour limit as required by state regulations. Enforcement’s investigation found that Mick had harvested approximately 3,000 horseshoe crabs over a two-day period without reporting his take.

With quota landed Delawares horseshoe crab commercial fishery closes for 2014

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (June 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has determined that Delaware’s 2014 horseshoe crab harvest limit has been reached, with the state’s annual commercial quota of 160,435 horseshoe crabs landed. In accordance with 7 DE Admin. Code 3214, DNREC’s Fisheries Section has established that the horseshoe crab fishery is to close effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 19. After this date and time, it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest horseshoe crabs during 2014.

Unique Gordons Pond Trail opens at Cape Henlopen State Park

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 13:20
CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK (June 18, 2014) – On the eve of Cape Henlopen State Park’s 50th anniversary, hiking and biking trail fans, elected officials, park visitors and local residents today came out to celebrate the long-anticipated official opening of the Gordons Pond Trail at the park.