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Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 15:57
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will sponsor free, guided hikes in eight state parks on New Year’s Day, as part of America's State Parks’ First Day Hikes initiative, a national initiative taking place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Hikers are encouraged to share their adventure on social media with #firstdayhikes.

Delaware residents alerted to report door-to-door visitors claiming to represent DNREC energy staff

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:45
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate has learned of at least three recent reports handled by Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police of a person or persons knocking on doors in New Castle and Sussex counties, claiming to represent the Division and asking questions about residents’ energy bills and electric consumption.

Now available DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2014 calendar, featuring images from Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:15
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce publication of its inaugural calendar, with each month for 2014 featuring images of young hunters and anglers taken by Delaware photographers. Calendar photos were chosen from DNREC’s 2011 and 2012 Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests. The calendar also includes monthly “Did You Know?” facts, seasonally relevant reminders on Delaware’s great outdoors and a Division of Fish and Wildlife contact directory.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 10 to 17

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 10:10
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – 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 Dec. 10-17 made 640 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 42 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 29 complaints, issued 16 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for non-native plant weed-out at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area on Jan 12

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 13:32
DOVER (Dec. 18, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with a habitat restoration project to remove non-native plants at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area east of Smyrna from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Thursday, Dec. 19 in Dover

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 13:38
DOVER (Dec. 17, 2013) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Conference Room 220.

Work begins on major enhancements at Delaware Seashore State Park

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:27
REHOBOTH BEACH (Dec. 16, 2013) – Nearly $10 million worth of construction has begun on enhancements in Delaware Seashore State Park. The work, which includes major upgrades, replacements and enhancements,

DNREC’s coastal conservation management grants now available

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:54
DOVER (Dec. 16, 2013) – DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) announces today the availability of grant funding to support projects and activities that improve local and regional capacity to conserve, manage, and promote the incorporation of coastal management issues into local planning and implementation activities throughout Delaware.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec 3 to 9

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:29
DOVER (Dec. 13, 2013) – 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 Dec. 3-9 made 651 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 59 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 28 complaints and issued 27 citations.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan now available to help Delawareans prepare and act

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:56
DOVER (Dec. 12, 2013) – After nearly three years of assessment, debate and public input, Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has approved recommendations for adapting to sea level rise in the state through the release of its final report, “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware.”

Winter Break Programs at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:43
LEWES (Dec. 12, 2013) – Winter Break is a great time for families to visit Cape Henlopen State Park and take in fun and interesting programs at the Seaside Nature Center.

New system to allow internet reservations for certain areas at Delaware State Parks

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:55
DOVER (Dec.11, 2013) – An important change is taking place for pavilion and picnic reservations at Delaware State Parks. Parks visitors can now make reservations for pavilion or picnic areas via the internet. The change will go into effect beginning at 8 a.m. on Feb.3, 2014. Previously, customers had to go to the parks to make a reservation for pavilion and picnic areas.

Delaware State Parks 2014 Annual Pass now on sale

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:02
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2013) – Delaware State Parks Annual Passes are on sale now, just in time for holiday shopping. An annual pass to Delaware State Parks is a great bargain for people who love the outdoors or who hope to get in shape or reduce stress in the New Year.

Dec. 18 deadline looms to apply for DNREC commercial sector recycling grant funding

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:34
DOVER (Dec. 10, 2013) – To help Delaware’s businesses and institutions comply with their Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for the Universal Recycling Law, DNREC is again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with $1.5 million in grant funding available

Delaware, seven other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states seek to curb air pollution from upwind states

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:09
DOVER (Dec. 9, 2013) – With Delaware at the forefront, eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States today petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require upwind states to reduce air pollution generated within their borders, which causes asthma, respiratory disease, and other public health problems downwind

December waterfowl season is the perfect time to take great shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:58
DOVER (Dec. 9, 2013) – With December’s migratory waterfowl season reopening Thursday, Dec. 12, there’s no better time to take great photos of Delaware hunters in action and submit them to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

Delaware waterfowl hunting seasons set to reopen Thursday, Dec. 12

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 16:37
DOVER (Dec. 6, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds waterfowlers that the last of three 2013-’14 split seasons for hunting migratory ducks and Canada geese in Delaware reopens Thursday, Dec. 12 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 25.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:50
DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Nov. 26-Dec. 2 made 640 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 62 vessel boardings for boating safety/fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 45 complaints and issued 70 citations