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Updated: 3 weeks 2 days ago

DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off event Saturday, Sept. 19 at Middletown DelDOT Yard

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:40
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2015) – Delawareans can recycle their old and disused tires by way of another DNREC Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. The event, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, will be held at the Middletown DelDOT Maintenance Yard, 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.

Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge open temporarily through Oct 4

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:10
DOVER (Sept. 15, 2015) – Due to construction schedule changes, the second phase of dam repairs at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna is now scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 5, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The north parking lot and fishing footbridge will be open now through Sunday, Oct. 4, closing Oct. 5 through Oct. 30.

Open Space Council seeks public input for State Resource Areas from three workshops scheduled this month

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:22
DOVER (Sept. 14, 2015) – Delaware’s Open Space Council is seeking public input on the standards and criteria for State Resource Areas through a series of public workshops to be held under DNREC’s auspices September 21, 22 and 29 in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

New Castle and Kent Conservation Districts to sponsor annual conservation poster contest

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 16:29
DOVER (Sept. 14, 2015) – The Kent Conservation District and the New Castle Conservation District are sponsoring a conservation poster contest this fall with the theme “Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators.” The contest is open to students in public, charter, private or home schools.

Division of Parks and Recreation seeks public input on plans to extend hours on selected White Clay Creek State Park trails

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 16:21
DOVER (Sept. 14, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation is seeking public input on a proposed pilot program to extend trail hours on selected trails at White Clay Creek State Park. Made at the request of the White Clay Creek Advisory Council and the Delaware Trail Spinners, the proposed changes would allow for additional trail use in the fall, winter and spring.

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Lewes

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 15:03
DOVER (Sept. 14, 2015) – Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DNREC Shoreline & Waterway Management Section facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Laurel man arrested for OUI after boating accident on Nanticoke River

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 09:23
SEAFORD (Sept. 11, 2015) – A Laurel man was arrested early Thursday morning by Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police and charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol following a boating accident that ejected him and a passenger into the Nanticoke River west of Seaford.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Aug 31 to Sept 6

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 09:22
DOVER (Sept. 11, 2015) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Aug. 31-Sept. 6 made 2,496 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public, including 638 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 93 citations.

New K-9 team to bring tracking, explosives detection skills to DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 16:13
DOVER (Sept. 11, 2015) – DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit has a new officer with unique skills – and four legs. K-9 Diesel, an 18-month-old, 95-pound German shepherd/Belgian Malinois specially bred for police work in Slovakia, was donated to the ECU by the Wilmington Kennel Club in January.

Delaware issues updated fish consumption advisories

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:16
DOVER (Sept. 11, 2015) – Updated fish consumption advisories for fish caught in Delaware waterways were announced today by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health. The new, less restrictive advisories are for fish caught in four waterways in southern New Castle County – the Army Creek and Pond, Appoquinimink River, Drawyer Creek, and Silver Lake in Middletown.

DNREC now accepting grant proposals for community water quality improvement projects

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 13:54
DOVER (Sept. 10, 2015) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s associations are eligible to apply. Proposals must be received by Nov. 10, 2015.

Two Kent County residents arrested on drug charges in Blackbird State Forest

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 04:21
TOWNSEND (Aug. 31, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two adults Sunday for drug possession and other charges at Blackbird State Forest.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Aug 24 to 30

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 04:20
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2015) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Aug. 24-30 made 1,911 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 347 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 65 citations.