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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 1 hour 36 min ago

DNREC announces dates for sale of remaining rain barrels

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:03
DOVER (April 29, 2014) – The Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship today announced two additional dates for Delaware residents to purchase remaining rain barrels at a discounted price.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages anglers to practice catch and release in Records Pond during 2014 fishing season

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:00
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is encouraging anglers to practice catch-and-release of largemouth bass caught in Records Pond, a 92-acre impoundment in Laurel, throughout the 2014 season.

Commercial crabber from Maryland cited for crabbing without a Delaware license

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:59
NEAR FENWICK ISLAND (April 29, 2014) – On April 28, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited William S. Papa, 60, of Salisbury, Md., for one count each of commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware license, over the limit of commercial crab pots, and improperly marked commercial crab pots on Big Assawoman Bay/Roy’s Ditch near Fenwick Island.

YourDNREC YouTube channel premieres “Living Shorelines” video

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:52
DOVER (April 28, 2014) – “Living Shorelines” is the newest offering from YourDNREC’s YouTube Channel on improving the state’s water quality with emphasis on how we can better enable cleaner water for Delaware’s future.

Governor’s 2014 Agricultural and Urban Conservation Award winners honored

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:10
DOVER (April 23, 2014) – The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village was the setting for today’s Stewardship Week proclamation reading and presentation of the annual Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards. On behalf of Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko led a ceremony

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 15 to 21

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:43
DOVER (April 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 April 15-21 made 695 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 122 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued nine citations.

Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish changes April 29 meeting location to Division of Fish and Wildlifes new Hunter Education facility near Little Creek

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:42
DOVER (April 25, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new Hunter Education building, located at 3018 Bayside Drive/Route 9, Dover, DE 19901. This change of location is only for the April meeting.

Federal and state officials and conservation partners celebrate two $1M grants benefitting Delawares Bayshore and beyond

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:08
NEAR BOWERS BEACH, Del. (April 23, 2014) – Among the lush fields and tidal marshland of Delaware’s Bayshore east of Dover, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, U.S. Congressman John Carney, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee and other Delaware officials and conservation partners were joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Deputy Director Steve Guertin to celebrate the purchase, protection and conservation of the Vance Morris Tract – nearly 750 acres of key coastal Bayshore lands border

Dune Road to close temporarily in May

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 15:38
CAPE HENLOPEN (April 24, 2014) – Beginning May 12, all of Dune Road, which provides access to Herring Point from the ocean, will be closed for approximately one week. This is to enable construction work to be completed on the Gordons Pond Trail, and associated parking lot, scheduled to open in June.

Fort Delaware State Park opens April 26 with Spring Sneak Peek Saturdays

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:28
DELAWARE CITY (April 24, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park’s 2014 season begins on April 26 with special “Spring Sneak Peek Saturdays.” The Fort will be open on Saturdays only through May 17, then weekends and holidays through June 11. Beginning June 11, the fort will be open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays until Sept. 1. The park will also offer two Sept. weekends.

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

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:27
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. May 29, 2014.

Senator Coons, DNREC Sec. O’Mara join volunteer planting event to restore Mirror Lake in Dover

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:59
DOVER (April 22, 2014) – In honor of Earth Day, Senator Chris Coons and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara joined with DNREC scientists and volunteers to plant native shrubs and flowering plants on the intertidal wetland and western bank of Mirror Lake. The wetland was created last November as part of the Mirror Lake Remediation and Restoration Project.

Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration highlights Clean Water in Wilmington

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:40
WILMINGTON (April 22, 2014) – At Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration in Rodney Square today, Clean Water for Delaware’s Future and Air Quality Awareness Week were highlighted at a press conference that celebrated Earth Day by encouraging Delawareans to help clean up our bays, rivers and streams and improve the quality of the air that we breathe.

DNREC modifies Secretary's Order penalty requirements for Peninsula Compost Co.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 08:58
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara has amended an order to Peninsula Compost Co. LLC for environmental violations

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife sets public meeting on Delmarva Fox Squirrel Conservation Plan for Tuesday April 22

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:05
GEORGETOWN (March 19, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public information meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus Lecture Hall, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: April 8-14

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:40
DOVER (April 17, 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 April 8-14 made 894 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 80 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks.

Celebrate Earth Day at a DNREC event

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:24
DOVER (April 17, 2012) – To celebrate the 44th annual Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is holding a variety of public events.

Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp contests set for April 24

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:05
DOVER (April 16, 2014) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Delaware Agriculture Museum and Village in Dover for the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests. Entries will be on display at the museum through Friday, May 9.

Charter School of Wilmington wins state championship at 2014 Delaware Envirothon

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:14
GREENVILLE (April 11, 2014) – The Charter School of Wilmington’s Team A won the 2014 Delaware Envirothon competition held Thursday at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville. Charter School of Wilmington Team B placed second and Polytech Future Farmers of America (FFA) won third place in the competition.