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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 5 hours 28 min ago

DNREC seeks volunteers for Citizen Osprey Monitoring Project

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:06
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2015) – Delaware’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is seeking volunteers to help monitor the state’s osprey population. These majestic raptors with their distinctive stick-built nests on nesting platforms, tall poles or trees can be seen along many Delaware waterways, especially Sussex County’s Inland Bays. Ospreys depend on a healthy and abundant food supply, and since their diet consists primarily of fish, monitoring their population and activities statewide provides a good indication of water

2014 Conservation Poster Contest winners announced

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:25
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2015) – The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts today announced the results of its annual conservation poster contest, sponsored through the New Castle, Kent and Sussex Conservation District offices. The 2014 theme was “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.”

DNREC to host rain barrel workshop Saturday, March 14, in Seaford

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:12
DOVER (Feb. 25, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section will host a rain barrel-building workshop on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Blades Town Hall, 20 West 4th Street, Seaford, DE 19973.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces spring 2015 trout stocking plans for downstate ponds

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:45
DOVER (Feb. 25, 2015) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced that its spring 2015 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 7 with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout. On that date, Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m.

Brandywine Zoo to open March 7 featuring Star Wars “invasion” and new Tamarin exhibit

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:30
WILMINGTON (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Brandywine Zoo, which opens for the spring season on Saturday, March 7, will welcome Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and other Star Wars characters from the popular science fiction adventure movies (on March 7) for a two-part event for Star Wars fans: “Breakfast with the Empire” and Star Wars Day – including the popular public photo event from noon until 3p.m.

Monthly Guppy Club programs for preschoolers at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:57
LEWES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to Cape Henlopen State Park to take part in the Guppy Club program, where they can discover secrets of nature through activities, games, crafts and outdoor adventures. The Guppy Club meets once a month and features various topics. Next month, on Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m., participants can learn about birds and their feathers.

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2015 beachnesting season

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:45
LEWES (Feb. 23, 2015) – The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Saturday, March 1, for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

Survey finds a significant majority of Delawareans want actions to reduce climate change impacts

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:27
DOVER (February 23, 2015) – A significant majority of Delawareans are convinced that climate change and sea level rise are happening and believe that immediate actions should be taken to reduce their impacts

New Christina River Watershed Report details wetland health and management recommendations

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:52
DOVER (Feb. 23, 2015) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program today announced completion of the final report on the health of wetlands located in New Castle County’s Christina River Watershed.

Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold Feb 23 public hearing on striped bass

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:46
DOVER (Feb. 23, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 on Delaware’s proposed options to reduce the recreational striped bass harvest by 25 percent as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The hearing will be held in DNREC’s auditorium in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 9 to 15

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:25
DOVER (Feb. 20, 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 9-15 made 670 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 10 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 14 citations.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Feb 2 to 8

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:40
DOVER (Feb. 13, 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 2-8 made 603 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including six vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 11 citations.

Two downstate suspects arrested in Milford boat theft case

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:19
DOVER (Feb. 16, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers arrested two men on Feb. 13 in connection with the theft of two boats in Milford earlier this month.

Delaware artists invited to apply for DNREC Watershed Assessment rain barrel painting contest now through March 6

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:48
DOVER (Feb. 13, 2015) – DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section is now accepting applications from Delaware artists to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating the state on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Artists selected will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels that will be prominently displayed in the public eye.

DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship accepting applications for youth artist rain barrel painting contest now through March 5

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 17:24
DOVER (Feb. 12, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting applications from children and student groups to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating young Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Selected children or groups will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels that will be put on prominent public display.

Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold Feb 23 public hearing on options to reduce recreational striped bass harvest

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 15:33
DOVER (Feb. 12, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 on Delaware’s proposed options to reduce the recreational striped bass harvest by 25 percent as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The hearing will be held in DNREC’s auditorium in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

New DNREC video “Mirror Lake: One year later” finds significant improvement in lake’s health

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:14
DOVER (Feb. 11, 2015) – A year after DNREC introduced a first-of-its-kind innovative cleanup plan for Dover’s Mirror Lake, the lake is showing recovery from contaminants and impacted sediment, and rebounding environmentally

Community Involvement Advisory Council to meet Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Smyrna

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:52
DOVER (Feb. 11, 2015) – The Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC) will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Smyrna State Service Center, 200 South Dupont Parkway, Smyrna, DE 19977.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Feb. 18 in Dover

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:51
DOVER (Feb. 11, 2015) - The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m. at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901, starting with a council workshop in Conference Room 220.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 26 to Feb 1

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:30
DOVER (Feb. 6, 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Jan. 26-Feb. 1 made 1,084 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 10 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 23 citations.