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 […]

SPIEGELMAN: DNREC commended on Sunday hunting law

This past legislative session, I had the privilege of serving as one of the four co-chairs of the new bipartisan, bicameral ad-hoc committee, known as the Delaware Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. [State] Senators Bruce Ennis and Brian Pettyjohn, [state] Representative William Carson, and I worked together to ensure this committee met regularly and addressed timely issues […]

State seeks volunteers to help clean up coastline

  DOVER –– With Delaware’s 30th annual Coastal Cleanup just around the corner the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is seeking volunteers to help tidy up Delaware’s 97-mile-long coastline. “With Delaware’s annual Coastal Cleanup, we know we are making a difference. Not only are we cleaning up trash from our beaches, waterways […]

DNREC gets federal grant to study bat disease

DOVER — DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support Delaware’s ongoing research and monitoring and response to White-nose Syndrome, a disease that causes mortality in bats and has taken a severe toll on hibernating North American bat species since it was […]