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DNRECs Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 17:06
DOVER (May 17, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 2-8

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:01
DOVER (May 13, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 2-8

DNREC marks American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness and encourage actions

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:32
DOVER (May 12, 2016) –This month DNREC observes American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2016 Young Environmentalist Awards

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:30
DOVER (May 10, 2016) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others whom a youth’s efforts might have impressed to nominate these students for the 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

First piping plover nest of the season found at Cape Henlopen – and an American oystercatcher nest, too

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:28
LEWES (May 9, 2016) – Recent wet weather has not deterred beachnesting birds from beginning their nesting season at Cape Henlopen State Park – with this year’s first piping plover nest found late last week on the Point

DNREC workshops set for May 17, 24 and 25 will help state’s schools, businesses and institutions apply for $1M in recycling grant opportunities

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:21
DOVER (May 9, 2016) – DNREC will hold a series of public workshops this month across the state to provide guidance and help facilitate grant applications from Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions who want to apply for $1 million available this year in recycling grants and low-interest loans.

DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Peace Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival on May 21

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:20
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 6, 2016) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its seventh annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival,

DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Peace Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival on May 21

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:51
SLAUGHTER BEACH (May 6, 2016) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its seventh annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, celebrating the spring spectacle of migrating shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the center, located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, DE 19963. Admission is free.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 25 thru May 1

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:47
DOVER (May 6, 2016) – 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’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 25-May 1 made 692 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 17 citations.

Registration still open for DNREC Division of Energy and Climates Fueling the Future clean transportation conference May 24 in Dover

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:32
DOVER (May 6, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate invites fleet managers, businesses, public organizations and transportation professionals to attend Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware, presented in conjunction with the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Temporary closures for some areas of Cape Henlopen State Park needed to facilitate construction at Fort Miles

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:00
LEWES (May 5, 2016) – Visitors to Cape Henlopen State Park are advised that certain areas of the park, including parts of the park’s bike loop, will be closed for 10 days from May 16 - 25,

DNREC Mosquito Control Section and Division of Public Health share Zika virus information in new DNREC YouTube Channel video

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:48
DOVER (May 5, 2016) – DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) share tips on mosquito-borne illness prevention and precautions in the new video, Zika Virus, Mosquitoes & You, on DNREC’s YouTube Channel.

Training for volunteer beachnesting bird monitors set May 14

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:02
LEWES (May 3, 2016) – Volunteers who want to help protect Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds by joining DNREC’s monitoring team are invited to a training session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Biden Environmental Training Center, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter April 18 thru 24

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:35
DOVER (April 29, 2016) – 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 April 18-24 made 1,392 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 22 citations.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating commercial crab boat accident

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:34
PORT MAHON (April 29, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating an accident in which a commercial crabbing vessel capsized Thursday afternoon after it was swamped by high waves in rough waters off Port Mahon east of Dover in the Delaware Bay.

DNREC takes action to improve permitting processes, agency transparency and access

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 17:12
DOVER (May 2, 2016) – Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will launch an initiative to further streamline and expedite permitting, licensing and administrative processes, including management and storage of data throughout the Departmen

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 08:16
DOVER (April 28, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Charter School of Wilmington Team B wins state championship in 2016 Delaware Envirothon

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:16
DOVER (April 29, 2016) – Charter School of Wilmington Team B is the winner of the 2016 Delaware Envirothon competition held April 28 at Brecknock Park in Camden, marking the school’s 17th win in the event’s 20-year history, including an unbroken winning streak since 2002. Charter’s Team A finished second and Middletown High School placed third in the Envirothon competition.

Nanticoke Musselwatchers program set to launch Saturday, May 7 as part of Reclaim Our River Series

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:58
DOVER (April 29, 2016) – With DNREC sponsorship through the Division of Watershed Stewardship, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) will launch a new citizen science and water quality improvement program, Nanticoke Musselwatchers

DNREC Division of Energy and Climate offers tips for homeowners considering solar lease or power purchase agreements

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:26
DOVER (April 29, 2016) – Over the past three years, the number of Delaware homeowners installing solar panels through a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) has increased significantly. These are popular financing options for homeowners who are interested in installing clean energy solar panels without paying significant upfront costs or claiming ownership of the system.