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 […]

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 […]

DNREC state parks, wildlife area visitors must bring masks starting Friday

DOVER – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced that starting Friday those aged 13 or older are required to bring a face mask with them to enter state parks, wildlife areas and reserves, and should wear the mask when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors. Those who do not […]

Pollutants in two Delaware waterways reduced

DOVER — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced it has successfully used an innovative approach to reduce polychlorinated biphenyls in two Delaware waterways. Newly released scientific data is validating the new method of sequestering pollutants with activated carbon, which render them unavailable for uptake by fish and other aquatic organisms, DNREC said. […]

DNREC report says Delawareans support climate change action

DOVER — The theme for the 50th anniversary of Earth Week is climate change, an issue that concerns most Delawareans, according to a report commissioned by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy. The DNREC report found that 77 percent of Delawareans see climate change as a […]

Polly Drummond waste site closed Sunday

DOVER — The Polly Drummond drop-off yard waste site near Newark, which opened for the season Saturday, was closed Sunday because of material capacity and traffic issues. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said the site had reached about 80 percent capacity just from material dropped off Saturday. As Sunday developed, dozens of […]

Judge orders regulators to turn over documents in Mountaire lawsuit

DOVER — A judge has rejected an effort by state environmental regulators to dodge subpoenas in a lawsuit involving wastewater violations by a southern Delaware poultry processor. The judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control that information being sought could be withheld under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act […]

Entry to Cape Henlopen State Park temporarily closed Saturday

LEWES – Entrance into Cape Henlopen State Park was halted for about 90 minutes Saturday afternoon to limit the number of vehicles inside at any one time, DNREC said. The aim was to boost social distancing and meet other requirements under Gov. John Carney’s ongoing State of Emergency order, according to spokeswoman Nikki Lavoie. The […]