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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great summer-fall shots of Delaware anglers for photo contest

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:06
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – With the summer season winding down but with plenty of fine fall fishing weather on the way, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

Delaware’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported for 2014

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:10
DOVER (Aug. 15, 2014) – An American crow submitted to the Delaware Division of Public Health Laboratory by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section on Aug. 6 has tested positive for West Nile virus, as reported by the lab on Aug. 11. The bird was collected in the north Wilmington suburbs. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that affects humans and horses.

DNREC issues penalty order to Pettinaro Construction Co., Inc. and Christina Crescent, LLC for air quality violations

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:45
DOVER (Aug. 14, 2014) – DNREC Secretary David Small has issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty Assessment and Secretary’s Order to Pettinaro Construction Co., Inc. and Christina Crescent, LLC for violations of air quality regulations. The order calls for a cash penalty of $24,695 and an additional $3,704.25 as cost recovery

Second Venture Outdoors Fest coming to Trap Pond State Park

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:23
DOVER (Aug. 14, 2014) – Delaware has many outdoor recreational activities available to residents and visitors throughout the summer. During the weekend of Sept. 12 – 14, Venture Outdoors Fest will showcase them all at Trap Pond State Park.

Greenwood reduces flooding and stormwater runoff, improving water quality of Nanticoke River tributary

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:26
GREENWOOD (Aug. 11, 2014) – Through a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and with design coordination and guidance from DNREC, the Town of Greenwood expects to reduce flooding and improve its water quality in the future after implementing a restoration project at the town park and on two local industrial sites. Greenwood was awarded $35,000 by the NFWF

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter July 29 to Aug 4

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 09:56
DOVER (Aug. 8, 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 July 29-Aug. 4 made 1,231 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 161 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 77 citations.

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement's K-9 Warden remembered

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 09:55
DOVER (Aug. 8, 2014) – Since joining DNREC’s Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement in 2006, K-9 Warden followed his outstanding nose and canine athleticism afield to track poachers and other law-breakers, uncover evidence and lead rescuers in locating the lost and missing.

“Reclaim Our River” brings First-Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta to Nanticoke Aug. 9

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:10
BLADES, Del. (July 16, 2014) – The Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, in conjunction with the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s “Reclaim Our River” - Nanticoke Series program,will cast off the first annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, August 9, at 3 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park, 26 N. Market St., Blades, DE 19973.

Delaware ranked 7th in the nation for solar energy

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:53
DOVER (Aug. 5, 2014) – Delaware is again among the states leading the nation in solar energy – ranked 7th per capita for cumulative solar installations – according to a report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to begin periodic closings for maintenance dredging from Aug 4 to 7

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:10
DOVER (Aug. 4, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin will be closed periodically starting Monday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Sept.18, for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. This week, the ramp will be closed today through 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and reopening for weekend use.

DNREC announces final regulation for shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:49
DOVER (Aug. 1, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today that the final regulation for shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays was published in the Aug. 1, 2014, Delaware Register of Regulations. The shellfish aquaculture regulation will go into effect Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter July 22 to 28

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:04
DOVER (Aug. 1, 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 July 22-28 made 1,714 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 276 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 74 complaints and issued 90 citations.

DNREC recycling grant and loan opportunities help Delaware schools, businesses and institutions achieve recycling goals

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:54
DOVER (August 1, 2014) – To help Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions start or expand their recycling programs, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for 2014 grants and loans.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to close periodically for maintenance dredging from Aug. 4 - Sept. 18

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:57
DOVER (July 30, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin will be closed periodically starting Monday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Sept.18, for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

DNREC announces changes to Delaware’s Green Energy Fund

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:57
DOVER (July 29, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) have announced the August 4 launch of the Joint Green Energy Program with the intention of increasing small-scale photovoltaic installations in Delaware through the state’s Green Energy Fund.

DNREC now accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:55
DOVER (July 28, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Financial Assistance Branch are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: July 15-21

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:47
DOVER (July 25, 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 July 15-21 made 2,054 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 381 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks

USDA and State of Delaware Increase Incentives for Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:22
HARRINGTON– At the Agricultural Commodities Building today at the Delaware State Fair, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse and Governor Jack Markell were joined by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Bob Walls, DDA Secretary Ed Kee and DNREC Secretary David Small to announce an increase in the maximum incentives available for landowners and agricultural producers through the Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

Governor Markell honors DNREC Outstanding Volunteers at July 24 State Fair ceremony

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:49
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the Department’s Outstanding Volunteers for 2014, with awards presented in eight volunteer categories.

Governor Markell joins DNREC Secretary David Small to honor Delaware’s 2014 Young Environmentalists in State Fair ceremony

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:09
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored four Delaware students recognized as DNREC’s 2014 Young Environmentalists of the Year.