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News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Updated: 1 hour 41 min ago

With quota landed Delawares horseshoe crab commercial fishery closes for 2014

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (June 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has determined that Delaware’s 2014 horseshoe crab harvest limit has been reached, with the state’s annual commercial quota of 160,435 horseshoe crabs landed. In accordance with 7 DE Admin. Code 3214, DNREC’s Fisheries Section has established that the horseshoe crab fishery is to close effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 19. After this date and time, it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest horseshoe crabs during 2014.

Unique Gordons Pond Trail opens at Cape Henlopen State Park

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 13:20
CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK (June 18, 2014) – On the eve of Cape Henlopen State Park’s 50th anniversary, hiking and biking trail fans, elected officials, park visitors and local residents today came out to celebrate the long-anticipated official opening of the Gordons Pond Trail at the park.

Gov. Markell, Sens. Carper and Coons, Congressman Carney announce funding to increase resiliency of vulnerable Bayshore habitats

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 20:14
DELAWARE BAYSHORE (June 16, 2014) –Today, Governor Jack Markell and Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney and DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara announced that the state has received $6.9 million in federal funding to design and construct projects for Delaware Bay wetland and beach habitats that will minimize coastal flooding and enhance the resiliency of communities and ecosystems degraded by storms, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Nominations still open for Delaware 2014 Wetland Warrior

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:37
DOVER (June 16, 2014) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is still seeking nominations for the 2014 Delaware Wetland Warrior Award to recognize exemplary efforts to protect wetlands and the critical services they provide to all Delawareans.

Five finalists in youth rain barrel painting contest to be displayed at State Fair for voting by fairgoers

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:33
DOVER (June 16, 2014) – The top five painted rain barrels from the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) have been chosen by public online voting, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section announced today.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: June 3-9

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:01
DOVER (June 13, 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 3-9 made 2,086 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public

Trap Pond State Park to host Great American Backyard Campout

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:04
DOVER (June 13, 2014) – Thousands of families across the nation and in Delaware will unplug and get outside on June 28 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. People will participate in this national event by vowing to sleep under the stars, whether they camp in parks, on public lands or even in their own backyards.

Cape Henlopen State Park swimming areas delay opening Tuesday after apparent shark bite

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:09
LEWES (June 9, 2014) - DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation announced Monday evening that swimming areas at Cape Henlopen State Park are to delay opening Tuesday while biologists and lifeguards monitor the ocean beaches for unusual activity after a Delmar teenager reportedly was bitten on the arm by a shark this afternoon.

10th annual Adventure Race Series supports environmental education in Delaware’s parks

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:38
DOVER (June 6, 2014) –This year’s Delaware State Parks’ Adventure Race Series marks the 10th anniversary of the annual program. The series provides the opportunity for athletes of all skill and age levels to enjoy the parks.

DNREC releases “DIY Rain Barrels” video for wise water use

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:17
DOVER (June 9, 2014) – DNREC’s YouTube Channel this week premiered a video highlighting the importance of using water wise techniques around the home to help improve water quality. The “DIY Rain Barrels” video

Dagsboro man dies after jet ski runs aground in Indian River inlet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:28
LEWES (June 6, 2014) – Delaware Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement is investigating an accident in the Indian River Inlet in which a 55-year-old Dagsboro man died Friday after trying to free his jet ski which had run aground on a sandbar.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter May 27 to June 2

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:19
DOVER (June 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 May 27-June 2 made 1,600 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 186 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 38 citations.

EPA highlights Delaware as model for reducing power plant pollution

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:04
Dover (June 5, 2014) – Visiting a natural gas facility construction site adjacent to a utility-scale solar plant that represents part of Delaware’s effective effort to reduce power industry pollution,

Three injured in accident involving Delaware City fireboat

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:36
DELAWARE CITY (June 4, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are investigating a boating accident that injured three crew members of the Delaware City Fire Company when their fire-and-rescue vessel struck a rock jetty near the Reedy Point Bridge on the C&D Canal. The accident occurred around midnight June 4 while the Delaware City fireboat was assisting in a search for an overdue recreational boat.

Nominate a Young Environmentalist for DNRECs 2014 awards

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:33
DOVER (June 5, 2014) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? There’s still time for teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for DNREC’s 2014 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 20, 2014.

First piping plover chicks of the season hatching at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:21
LEWES (June 5, 2014) – This season’s first piping plover chicks began hatching yesterday on the Point at Cape Henlopen, Delaware beachnesting bird monitors reported, noting the nest contained one chick and three eggs when observed. The other eggs were expected to hatch by today.

Delaware State Parks Summer Camps filling up fast

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:00
DOVER (June 5, 2014) – There are only a limited number of spaces still available in Delaware State Parks summer day camps throughout the state. State park day camps offer families safe, supervised educational and recreational opportunities for children during summer vacation. Camps also promote healthy lifestyles by getting children outdoors to enjoy nature.

Public open house at the Brandywine Zoo to be held on June 9

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 08:55
WILMINGTON (June 5, 2014) – The Brandywine Zoo, The Delaware Zoological Society and Delaware State Parks invite the public to an open house at Blue Ball Barn on Monday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Delaware State Parks participating in National Trails Day on June 7

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:48
DOVER (June 4, 2014) – Delaware State Parks will take part in the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) on Saturday, June 7, for the 22nd annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more. Delaware State Parks will offer programs statewide Saturday in different parks.

Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 7 and 8

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:22
DOVER (June 2, 2014) – Been thinking of casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming about a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2014 Delaware fishing license yet? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity for you.