Five men arrested as DNREC increases anti-lewdness campaign

LEWES — DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police have arrested five men this month in an ongoing anti-lewdness campaign operating out of the Wolfe Neck parking area near an intersection with the Junction & Breakwater Trail. The men — three from Delaware, two from Maryland and all older than 59 — were […]

Rain barrel contest pairs artists with water conservation

  DOVER — Colorful rain barrels are now on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum after winning the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Rain Barrel Painting Contest. Preeminent among them is this year’s grand prize-winning entry in the adult division by Nathan Zimmerman. DNREC sponsors the rain barrel painting contest and a youth competition annually […]

Delaware stormwater regulation bill signed into law

DOVER — Gov. Jack Markell on Friday signed a bill revamping the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s stormwater regulations. Senate Bill 253, passed unanimously by the General Assembly, was intended to address controversy surrounding DNREC’s rules for stormwater-runoff management, which were the subject of a lawsuit. The bill states DNREC may create new […]

Lawmakers call on DNREC to block transmission line

DOVER — A resolution introduced in the General Assembly Wednesday urges state officials to block a planned power plant line that is expected to the cost burden on Delaware despite the project primarily benefiting New Jersey. The project would create a transmission line stretching from the Delmarva Peninsula to the Artificial Island nuclear complex in […]

Application to spread waste on Frederica farm approved

DOVER — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has approved Levy Court’s application to spread waste on a Frederica-area farm. Kent County applied in October 2014 for a permit to distribute across a county-owned field Class B biosolids, a type of organic material created from treating sewage. Class B biosolids contain “detectible” levels […]

Delaware asks residents to report finding dead birds

DOVER — DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section wants to know more about dead birds people might spot. The division is asking for the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting the discovery of sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus. West Nile virus […]

Fish consumption advisories updated for Delaware waterways

DNREC Secretary David Small

DOVER — Updated consumption advisories for fish caught in Delaware waterways show some of the most significant improvements in fish tissue contaminant concentrations since the state began assessing contaminants in fish in 1986, officials said Tuesday. Fish consumption advisories are recommendations to limit or avoid eating certain fish caught in local waters that alert people […]

COMMENTARY: A delicate balance between DNREC fees and subsidies

In our consumer-driven, market- based economy, we are used to paying for goods and services. When we can, we often shop for value seeking the most for our money. Cell phone minutes, electricity for our homes, dinner and a movie — the user pays and benefits. DNREC offers goods and services, including spectacular outdoor places, […]

Delaware deals with weed problems in ponds in downstate ponds

DOVER — As inland water temperatures rise and aquatic plants emerge, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has started treating downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds. These nuisance weeds, if left unchecked, can choke the water they’ve invaded, crowd out beneficial plant species and prevent fishing and boating access. Blairs Pond and Abbotts Pond, both […]

‘Fueling the Future’ to talk clean transportation

DOVER — DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate will partner with the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition to present a conference on alternative transportation fuels. Fleet managers, businesses, public organizations and transportation professionals are invited to attend “Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware” May 24 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Registration is […]