Public education campaign launches as beaches reopen

WILMINGTON — Governor John Carney has launched the “Summer Safely” public education campaign in partnership with the beach towns, local Chambers of Commerce, the Delaware Tourism Office, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The public […]

Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park cancels Trail Day

LEWES — Due to the current State of Emergency in Delaware, coupled with guidance from the American Hiking Society, the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park (FOCHSP) have cancelled their National Trail Day and postponed the Youth Fishing Tournament events. National Trails Day, celebrated the first Saturday of June each year, encourages people to take […]

DNREC begins treatment of ponds for aquatic weed

SUSSEX COUNTY — With inland water temperatures rising and aquatic plants emerging, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is treating downstate public ponds for the nuisance aquatic weed hydrilla. Uncontrolled hydrilla can choke the water, crowding out beneficial plant species and preventing fishing and boating access. Ponds being […]

DNREC begins treatment of Sussex ponds for aquatic weed hydrilla

SUSSEX COUNTY – With inland water temperatures rising and aquatic plants emerging, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is treating downstate public ponds for the nuisance aquatic weed hydrilla. Uncontrolled hydrilla can choke the water, crowding out beneficial plant species and preventing fishing and boating access. Ponds being […]

Fishing access opening as restrictions lessen

The last few days prevented boats heading out and surf anglers had to fight wide waves and rough wash. Private boats are the only ones going out. Charters and head boats are still under restrictions not to operate. Eventually after June 1, that will change. The weather turning has dropped the water temperatures more than […]

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 […]