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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 2 hours 53 min ago

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.

State Fairgoers vote first place winner in youth rain barrel painting contest

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:02
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Winners of Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:58
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests that best represented the contest theme of “Conservationists Enjoying the Great Outdoors.”

Statewide winners of 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:55
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 28th annual Youth Fishing Tournament, held last month.

DNREC honors Delawares 2014 Wetland Warriors at Fair

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:46
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored Marlene Mervine, Dr. Danielle Kreeger, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s science team as Delaware’s 2014 Wetland Warriors for their efforts to conserve and restore wetlands, while educating Delawareans on their importance.

Governor Markell signs HB 310 to create Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:31
DELAWARE CITY (July 23, 2014) – Surrounded by supporters, area legislators, and Delaware City officials, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation to advance the revitalization of what he called “one of the most underutilized sites in the state.”

Online registration open now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup volunteers

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:33
DOVER (July 18, 2014) – Online volunteer registration is now open for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: July 8-14

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:19
DOVER (July 18, 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 8-14 made 1,498 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public,

With last piping plover chicks fledged Gordons Pond beach reopens at Cape Henlopen State Park

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:48
LEWES (July 18, 2014) – The last of this year’s newly hatched piping plover chicks at Gordons Pond have fledged and are flying well, allowing the reopening of the oceanside beach today at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Town of Bethel receives $100,000 grant for innovative green infrastructure

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:20
BETHEL, Del. (July 18, 2014) – The Town of Bethel in Sussex County is getting help to reduce flooding, manage stormwater runoff and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The town is receiving $100,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) program that will help the community implement innovative green infrastructure and green street practices.