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Updated: 4 hours 59 min ago

Wilmington ranked No. 3 city in U.S. for solar energy

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:24
WILMINGTON (April 11, 2014) –With a new 230-killowatt (kW) solar carport at Delaware Technical Community College’s Wilmington campus as a backdrop, it was announced that Wilmington ranked at one of the nation’s “Solar Stars” – a top city in the U.S. for solar energy.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: April 1-7

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:48
DOVER (April 11, 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 1-7 made 747 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 12 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks

DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara will join with volunteers to keep playgrounds safe in Wilmington State Parks

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:24
WILMINGTON (April 10, 2014) – As part of the Governor’s Annual Week of Service, DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara will join with more than 200 volunteers on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, to improve the safety of two playgrounds in Wilmington State Parks. The volunteers will spread and grade nearly four tractor trailer loads of environmentally-friendly playground mulch that will provide safe outdoor recreation areas at two of the state’s most heavily used playgrounds – Warner Elementary School and Shortli

DNREC's Watershed Assessment Section hosts free rain barrel-building workshop Saturday in Seaford

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:45
DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section will host a rain barrel-building workshop Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the Mt Olivet United Methodist Church located at 315 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973.

DNREC releases educational series of septic system videos for Delaware homeowners

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:08
DOVER (April 8, 2014) – DNREC’s Divisions of Water and Watershed Stewardship have released a three-part video series on septic systems for educating Delaware residents on the importance of properly maintaining functioning systems as well as explaining how failing system affects human health, the environment and surrounding wildlife.

Brandywine Creek State Park permanently closes Creek Road/Rocky Run Bridge as unsafe for any use

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:41
WILMINGTON (April 7, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has permanently closed the Rocky Run Bridge within Brandywine Creek State Park

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter March 25 to 31

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:09
DOVER (April 4, 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 March 25-31 made 504 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 11 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to issued 10 citations.

2014 Delaware turkey season to open April 12

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:29
DOVER (April 4, 2014) – The 2014 Delaware spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 12, and runs through Saturday, May 10, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Hunters are reminded that all birds taken must be checked at an authorized turkey check station by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council public hearing and meeting set for Wed, April 16 in Dover

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:47
DOVER (April 4, 2014) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a public hearing, followed by a council meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

DNREC releases Fort DuPont Master Plan final draft for site renovation and reuse

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:24
DOVER (April 4, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has released the final draft of the Fort DuPont Master Plan, setting the stage for the reuse and rehabilitation of the underutilized former military facility.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces new online shad and river herring identification guide for anglers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:20
DOVER (April 3, 2014) – A new online shad and river herring identification guide is now available for anglers on the DNREC website, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The handy ID guide was developed to help anglers distinguish between shad and river herring, which can be similar in appearance but must be treated differently by anglers who catch them, according to state fishing regulations.

DuPont Nature Center to hold Earth Day celebration on April 19

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:17
SLAUGHTER BEACH (April 3, 2014) – The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife facility located in the heart of Delaware’s Bayshore Region, will hold an Earth Day celebration for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2014 Young Environmentalist Awards

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:43
DOVER (April 3, 2014) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 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.

Outdoor Family Programs at Delaware State Parks

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:50
DOVER (March 2, 2014) – Delaware Outdoor Family, in conjunction with the Children In Nature initiative, will provide two campouts this spring to begin Delaware State Parks’ second year of overnight family camping programs. The programs are geared toward sparking families’ interest in spending time outdoors.

Nominations sought for Delaware 2014 Wetland Warrior

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:13
DOVER (April 2, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is 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.

2014 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey volunteer training to be offered April 5th and April 10th

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:25
DOVER (April 2, 2014) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches. For those who are interested in assisting with this year’s survey, DNERR staff will host two volunteer training sessions at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.

Delaware students “Make a Splash” and learn about protecting water resources; Effort supports Governor's Clean Water for Delaware Future Initiative

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:44
DOVER, Del. (April 1, 2014) – More than 700 fourth grade students from ten elementary schools participated in today’s “Make a Splash” festival, an event designed to educate students on the diversity of estuary life and the importance of Delaware’s water resources.

Delaware students to compete in state Envirothon on April 10

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:11
GREENVILLE (April 1, 2014) – Delaware students from around the state will meet at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville on Thursday, April 10 to compete in the 19th annual Delaware Envirothon. Eighty-five students, representing nine high schools, will compete for more than $5,700 in college scholarships and cash awards. Registration for the competition begins at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Trout season to open in White Clay Creek on April 5

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:19
NEWARK (April 1, 2014) – Delaware’s spring 2014 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, with six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – stocked and ready with thousands of trout, including some trophy-sized fish.

2014 Mosquito Control season begins with spraying wooded wetlands

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:15
DOVER (April 1, 2014) – Depending upon weather conditions, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section will start its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week, treating wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Between 4,000 and 7,000 forested acres that produce large numbers of early season mosquitoes will be strategically sprayed to treat immature aquatic larval stages, using larvicides applied by helicopter and possibly fixed-wing aircraft.