News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 3 hours 31 min ago
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CEDAR CREEK (June 19, 2014) – DNREC Natural