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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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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.

DNRECs Division of Fish and Wildlife to offer Take a Kid Fishing program on June 14 17 and 24

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:53
DOVER (June 9, 2015) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program offers five upcoming summer dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 25 to 31

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:50
DOVER (June 9, 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 May 25-31 made 2,924 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 328 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 63 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlifes Milton pedestrian fishing bridge and fishing pier deck replacement projects completed

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:08
Broadkill River in Milton has reopened following completion of decking surface replacement on each facility, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today, with the pedestrian fishing bridge project wrapped up ahead of schedule.

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

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:30
LAUREL (June 5, 2015) – The Phillips Landing Recreation Area 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. Eco Paddle is part of the Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series, a program sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and a host of environmental partners,

DNREC offers new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program to help property owners remove old and disused underground tanks

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:14
Citing the prevalence of old and disused USTs throughout the state, the Tank Management Section recently initiated a heating fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program to assist property owners with removal or closing off of old tanks

Piping plover chicks popping out all over at Cape Henlopen

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:09
LEWES (June 4, 2015) – As of June 1, no fewer than nine piping plover chicks were being shepherded around the Point at Cape Henlopen by their parents, Division of Fish & Wildlife beach-nesting monitors reported –

DNREC offers new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program to help property owners remove old and disused underground tanks

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:47
Citing the prevalence of old and disused USTs throughout the state, the Tank Management Section recently initiated a heating fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program to assist property owners with removal or proper closing off of their underground storage tanks if left in place

Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section for 2015 West Nile virus monitoring

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:07
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is asking for the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting the discovery of sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease of considerable concern to human health and to owners of unvaccinated horses.

Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 6 and 7

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:10
DOVER (June1, 2015) – Been thinking about casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming of a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2015 Delaware fishing license yet? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity that might tempt you into it.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2015 Young Environmentalist Awards

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:05
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – 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 to nominate these students for the 2015 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation named a finalist for 2015 National Gold Medal Awards

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:29
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has announced that DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation (Delaware State Parks) is one of four finalists for the 2015 National Gold Medal Awards

Slaughter Beach unveils new Bayshore signage highlighting shorebirds horseshoe crabs terrapins and wildlife habitat

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 09:26
SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (May 30, 2015) – Town of Slaughter Beach officials and residents gathered with DNREC Secretary David Small, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara, state legislators and representatives from the Delaware Nature Society and the Alliance of Bay Communities to celebrate Slaughter Beach’s new designation as a National Wildlife Federation-certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 18 to 24

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:52
DOVER (May 29, 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 May 18-24 made 2,784 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 667 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 108 complaints and issued 94 citations.

First piping plover chicks spotted at Cape Henlopen

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:12
LEWES (May 29, 2015) – One of five piping plover nests this spring on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park has hatched and chicks have been spotted on the beach, while a second nest is in the process of hatching, Division of Fish & Wildlife beach-nesting monitors reported today. The fifth and most recent nest was found last weekend and contains two eggs so far.

Milton pedestrian fishing bridge and fishing pier deck replacement proceeding

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:03
MILTON (May 29, 2015) – Access to the pedestrian fishing bridge and the fishing pier on the Broadkill River in Milton will be closed to complete the replacement of decking surfaces on each facility, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The fishing pier is expected to reopen by Wednesday, June 3 and the pedestrian fishing bridge is expected to reopen by Friday, June 12.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:15
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do if you find them

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:12
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware has begun, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning individuals call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 11 to 17

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:53
DOVER (May 22, 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 May 11-17 made 1,257 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 111 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 33 citations.

Piping plover nesting season in full swing at Cape Henlopen

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41
LEWES (May 22, 2015) – Delaware beach-nesting bird monitors report that nesting season is progressing by leaps and bounds, with a flurry of activity by piping plovers and oystercatchers at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore state parks.