COMMENTARY: Support DNREC’s efforts to regulate upwind power plants

Monday was an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. Bad air days occur often in Delaware, for example June 30, July 2 and July 9. Tuesday may also be an official bad air day. A Code Orange bad air day for ozone is also likely to be at least a Code Yellow bad […]

Mosquito aerial spraying causes concern

  MAGNOLIA — DNREC’s continuing mission is to “fight the bite” this spring. But given Doug Beatty’s recent online research, that campaign is raising his concern. According to the Meadowbrook Acres resident, some studies regarding Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI) — the chemical sprayed to kill Delaware’s mosquitoes — show that it may “decrease biodiversity over […]

Snowy owl sightings stir excitement, controversy

  MILFORD — For the past few weeks, birders, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers have been flocking to the downstate wildlife refuges to catch a glimpse of a rare visitor — the snowy owl. According to various reports, several have been spotted in the region. Karl Krueger, a wildlife photographer hobbyist, said bird-watching groups have been […]

Delaware imposes temporary limits on guns in parks

DOVER — Three weeks after the Delaware Supreme Court struck down a long-standing regulation prohibiting firearm possession in state parks, the state has issued a temporary order that limits where guns are allowed in those parks. The new regulations, intended to act as a short-term placeholder while the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control […]

DNREC issues hunting-related arrests

DOVER — When announcing several hunting-related arrests Friday, DNREC issued reminders about the lawful handling of firearms in vehicles. Delaware Code prohibits loaded firearms in or on motor vehicles, motorboats or farm machinery, the state agency stressed. No ammunition may be placed in the magazine or chamber of any firearm. Federal law may permit hunting […]

New aquatic resources center opens

  SMYRNA — Delaware’s top federal office holders joined state officials and community representatives Monday to help introduce DNREC’s new Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna. The celebratory event, in line with Earth Week, showcased the facility, unveiled a new Bayshore Byway Interpretive Area on the center grounds, announced the extension of the Delaware Bayshore […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Small’s tenure at DNREC filled with ‘cynical disregard’

The March 26 profile of former DNREC official Dave Small [“From reporter to environmental chief”] presented one side. Small has had an impact on Delaware, as does any DNREC secretary, and it makes sense to try to understand what that has been. I was involved with Small from an environmental advocacy perspective since the early […]

Delaware Senate confirms DNREC nominee despite controversy

DOVER — The state Senate confirmed Shawn Garvin as the new secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Wednesday on the first day back after the February break but not without controversy — including a spat between a Republican senator and the governor’s office. Mr. Garvin, whose nomination Senate Republicans blocked in […]

Environmental officials, lawmakers stump for water fee

  DOVER — A new clean water fee could be coming. Lawmakers and environmental officials briefly discussed the state’s waterways in a budget hearing Thursday, with Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small urging the Bond Committee to support a method for funding the cleanup of rivers, ponds and lakes. Sen. Bryan Townsend, a […]

COMMENTARY: Concerns over Garvin’s DNREC nomination won’t go away

The governor’s failure to put Shawn Garvin, his nominee to be the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, up for a vote in January to the full Delaware Senate has created quite the reaction from some quarters. Despite incorrect media reports that we gave “no reason” to oppose Mr. Garvin, members […]