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DNREC receives top awards from the Delaware Press Association

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:18
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware magazine and several website videos also produced by DNREC’s Public Affairs section took several top honors at the 2014 Delaware Press Association (DPA) Communications contest. Held annually, the awards are sponsored by DPA, a member of the National Federation of Press Women, and judged by professional journalists from out of state to ensure impartiality.

DNREC offers rain barrels for sale Sunday, May 4 at Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 15:43
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – For the first time, the Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will offer rain barrels for sale at the Delaware Watersheds exhibit during the Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival Sunday, May 4, at the Blades Marina.

Spring brings piping plovers to nest sites on Delaware beaches

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:41
LEWES (May 2, 2014) – The first few piping plovers of the season have been spotted on bay and ocean beaches along the Delaware coastline, with the first reports at Fowlers Beach on March 21, Delaware Seashore State Park on March 27 and Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve on April 8. With part of the nesting area already closed off at Cape Henlopen State Park, beachnesting monitors are conducting regular surveys and have seen the tiny endangered shorebirds at both the Point and at Gordons Pond.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife to hold May 21 public hearing on proposed shellfish aquaculture regulations

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55
DOVER (May 1, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing on Delaware’s Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Construction to temporarily close a portion of the C&D Canal Conservation Area Castle Trail

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:14
ST. GEORGES (May 1, 2014) – Due to construction activity, approximately 1.3 miles of the Michael N. Castle Trail at the C&D Canal Conservation Area near St. Georges will be closed to pedestrian traffic beginning Friday, May 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The trail section, located east of the Biddle Point parking area, is expected to reopen in the fall.

Winning entry and artist chosen for DNREC/DelDOT-sponsored rain barrel art contest

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 09:59
DOVER (April 29, 2014) – Clean water was the motif for the first rain barrel art contest co-sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and grand-prize winning artist Susan S. Johnston of Dover captured it best, both with her art work and in describing it:

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