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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 5 hours 18 min ago

Wetlands and Sea Level Rise video now available on YouTubes Delaware DNREC channel

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:31
DOVER (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship recently posted the third installment to their “Wetlands 101” online video series, which provides introductory information to viewers about wetlands.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 24 to 30

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 09:56
DOVER (Jan. 6, 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 Dec. 24-30 made 503 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 58 vessel boardings for boating safety/hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 13 citations.

Delaware anglers reminded that recreational black sea bass season closes on Jan 1 2014

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:20
DOVER (Dec. 31, 2013) – To meet requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), of which Delaware is a member state, the recreational black sea bass season will be closed in Delaware coastal waters on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in accordance with state regulations adopted Nov. 11, 2013. Federal waters, which begin 3 miles from shore, also will be closing on Jan. 1, 2014.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 17 to 23

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:21
DOVER (Dec. 27, 2013) – 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 Dec. 17-23 made 517 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 20 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 10 citations.

Xmas tree recycling – a Delaware tradition – carries on statewide for 2013-14

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:36
DOVER (Dec. 26, 2013) – Delawareans are encouraged to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by delivering their Christmas trees to one of many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Many of the facilities will accept the trees for free

Delaware releases 2012 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:35
DOVER (Dec. 23, 2013) – The annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2012 from Delaware’s industrial facilities was marked by significant decreases in releases to air compared to 2011 and by increases in releases to water and the total amount of waste reported.

Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 15:57
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will sponsor free, guided hikes in eight state parks on New Year’s Day, as part of America's State Parks’ First Day Hikes initiative, a national initiative taking place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Hikers are encouraged to share their adventure on social media with #firstdayhikes.

Delaware residents alerted to report door-to-door visitors claiming to represent DNREC energy staff

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:45
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate has learned of at least three recent reports handled by Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police of a person or persons knocking on doors in New Castle and Sussex counties, claiming to represent the Division and asking questions about residents’ energy bills and electric consumption.

Now available DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2014 calendar, featuring images from Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:15
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce publication of its inaugural calendar, with each month for 2014 featuring images of young hunters and anglers taken by Delaware photographers. Calendar photos were chosen from DNREC’s 2011 and 2012 Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests. The calendar also includes monthly “Did You Know?” facts, seasonally relevant reminders on Delaware’s great outdoors and a Division of Fish and Wildlife contact directory.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 10 to 17

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 10:10
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – 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 Dec. 10-17 made 640 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 42 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 29 complaints, issued 16 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for non-native plant weed-out at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area on Jan 12

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 13:32
DOVER (Dec. 18, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with a habitat restoration project to remove non-native plants at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area east of Smyrna from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Thursday, Dec. 19 in Dover

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 13:38
DOVER (Dec. 17, 2013) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

Work begins on major enhancements at Delaware Seashore State Park

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:27
REHOBOTH BEACH (Dec. 16, 2013) – Nearly $10 million worth of construction has begun on enhancements in Delaware Seashore State Park. The work, which includes major upgrades, replacements and enhancements,

DNREC’s coastal conservation management grants now available

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:54
DOVER (Dec. 16, 2013) – DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) announces today the availability of grant funding to support projects and activities that improve local and regional capacity to conserve, manage, and promote the incorporation of coastal management issues into local planning and implementation activities throughout Delaware.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 3 to 9

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:29
DOVER (Dec. 13, 2013) – 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 Dec. 3-9 made 651 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 59 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 28 complaints and issued 27 citations.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan now available to help Delawareans prepare and act

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:56
DOVER (Dec. 12, 2013) – After nearly three years of assessment, debate and public input, Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has approved recommendations for adapting to sea level rise in the state through the release of its final report, “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware.”

Winter Break Programs at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:43
LEWES (Dec. 12, 2013) – Winter Break is a great time for families to visit Cape Henlopen State Park and take in fun and interesting programs at the Seaside Nature Center.

New system to allow internet reservations for certain areas at Delaware State Parks

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:55
DOVER (Dec.11, 2013) – An important change is taking place for pavilion and picnic reservations at Delaware State Parks. Parks visitors can now make reservations for pavilion or picnic areas via the internet. The change will go into effect beginning at 8 a.m. on Feb.3, 2014. Previously, customers had to go to the parks to make a reservation for pavilion and picnic areas.

Delaware State Parks 2014 Annual Pass now on sale

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:02
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2013) – Delaware State Parks Annual Passes are on sale now, just in time for holiday shopping. An annual pass to Delaware State Parks is a great bargain for people who love the outdoors or who hope to get in shape or reduce stress in the New Year.

Dec. 18 deadline looms to apply for DNREC commercial sector recycling grant funding

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:34
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2013) – To help Delaware’s businesses and institutions comply with their Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for the Universal Recycling Law, DNREC is again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with $1.5 million in grant funding available