Comment sought on proposed floodplain mapping

SEAFORD — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is asking residents to review and comment on proposed floodplain mapping changes in the Clear Brook watershed.The proposed floodplain map changes for Clear Brook are being made because a recent evaluation found the Hearns Pond area floodplain is receding and areas downstream are slightly […]

Delaware getting ready for sea bass season

On Friday, sea bass season begins in Delaware. Charters and head boats are hoping to get out and do some catching, The problem is right now they are not allowed. That could change any day at this point. When that does happen, social distancing will be the priority for head boats. You will have to […]

MERR rescues pup seal from netting at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES — Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) responded to a gray seal pup on the bayside of the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday. The seal was entangled in gill netting, which was wrapped tightly around its neck. Although it could still breathe, the line of the netting was cutting deeply into […]

DNREC water-related services now available online

DOVER — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues pivoting to virtual operations both during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future for greater efficiencies and ease of use for DNREC customers and constituents. The latest advance for DNREC’s ePermitting comes from the Division of Water and covers a spectrum of permit applications […]

Fees, passes required at state parks, wildlife areas starting Friday

Fees and park passes will once more be required at all Delaware State Parks starting Friday, May 8, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Wednesday. Also starting Friday, a conservation access pass will be necessary to enter state wildlife areas, DNREC announced. In mid-March, DNREC suspended entry fees, park passes and access […]

CAMP Rehoboth expands online programs and services

REHOBOTH BEACH — For the past 30 years, the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center has provided a place for the community to come together for educational programs, medical services, cultural events and more. In the first month that Delaware’s Stay-At-Home orders were in place, CAMP Rehoboth offered programs on whole foods eating and grocery shopping while […]

State police cancel Camp Barnes for summer

DOVER — The Delaware State Police have canceled all sessions of Camp Barnes for the summer, authorities said Wednesday. Camp Barnes typically runs from early June through August and sees approximiately 90 to 100 campers per week for the six weeks. The camp, which is free, is open Delawareans between the ages of 10 and […]

Fishing getting better as warmer weather on way

Gas is how cheap and we can’t go anywhere? Well not true, you can go anywhere within the state to get outside and get some air. I’m still getting four days a gallon. A lot of people seem to have taken up fishing. Whole families are getting out and trying their hand at fishing. It […]

Recreational tilefish anglers may face new guidelines

DOVER — Recreational tilefish anglers may soon be subject to new permitting and reporting requirements. Under proposed regulations published by NOAA Fisheries, private recreational vessels (including for-hire operators using their vessels for non-charter, recreational trips) would be required to obtain a federal vessel permit to target or retain golden or blueline tilefish north of the […]

Updated road closures at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

SMYRNA — Bombay Hook NWR is conducting a road r-surfacing project along the entirety of the public auto-tour route. The 8.5-mile project will include the regrading of the existing gravel surface to remove the potholes and then a double application of tar-and-chip (chipseal). The grading and resurfacing will necessitate lengthy closures of sections of the […]