Delaware hunting season begins soon

DOVER — Hunters in Delaware can start their 2020-21 hunting season in one week. Sept. 1 is the opening day of mourning dove, archery and crossbow deer and resident Canada goose hunting seasons. People can hunt teal beginning Sept. 12 and gray squirrel beginning Sept. 15. The first split of dove season runs until Oct. […]

DNREC discounts prices for compost bins, rain barrels

Delaware residents may preorder environmentally beneficial compost bins and rain barrels at discount prices during an online sale sponsored by DNREC. Made available by DNREC’s Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, in conjunction with the Division of Watershed Stewardship, advance purchases must be made for both items via before the deadlines listed below: • […]

DNREC to hold workshops on climate change

DOVER — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is holding a series of virtual public workshops on climate change and greenhouse gas during September and October. There will be four different workshops, with the first focusing on greenhouse gas. It will be offered on two separate occasions but content will be the same. […]

Former WW II ship becomes part of state’s artificial reef system

INDIAN RIVER — Scuba divers relish the opportunity to search for sunken treasures. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is happy to give them some unique places to explore on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, where its series of artificial reefs are creating fish habitats. The Reedville, a […]

DNREC issues recreational swimming advisory for Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH – DNREC has issued a recreational swimming advisory for Rehoboth Beach at Rehoboth Avenue based on elevated levels of bacteria found in a sample taken Wednesday by the Department’s environmental scientists.  The elevated levels of bacteria is most likely associated with rainfall that occurred on Tuesday night. These bacteria often originate from wildlife sources […]

Upgrades to hunting computer system

DOVER — Hunters and trappers can now use a new online system to access license sales, License Exempt Numbers (LEN), harvest registration, hunting permit and hunter education. Made available from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the hunting and trapping license and Conservation Access Pass sales system is fully integrated with the hunter […]

DNREC: Three arrested after deer killed

GUMBORO — Three arrests resulted after a deer was struck by a vehicle on July 9 and died after allegedly suffering from “cruel acts” by the defendants, authorities said. DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police said Richard Bunting, 20, of Frankford and two juveniles were charged with felony cruelty to animals, second-degree conspiracy, hunting […]

Delaware building energy codes receive update

DOVER — An update to the state’s building energy codes that took effect this month is anticipated to help reduce long-term costs to consumers while also decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware. Energy codes establish minimum design and construction requirements for energy efficiency in buildings, including insulation, air leakage limits, lighting and heating and cooling […]

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 […]

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 […]