State erects new signs marking Delaware River Watershed

DOVER — Delaware officials joined environmental activists Friday to celebrate new signs marking the boundaries of the Delaware River Watershed. Placed on major roads throughout the state, the six signs highlight a watershed that provides a home to almost three-quarters of Delaware’s population, as well as abundant wildlife, and supports many jobs. “Millions of people […]

Commentary: Protecting Delawareans from the fossil fuel industry

By Kathleen Jennings and Shawn Garvin Hurricanes. Extreme heat. Flooding. Wildfires. The climate crisis is leaving its mark everywhere, including the destruction we just experienced during Tropical Storm Isaias. But those events in the news only scratch the surface of the extensive damage, and bill, Delaware faces. Delaware is already being forced to spend taxpayer […]

Delaware Coastal Cleanup to run through September

DOVER — The Delaware Coastal Cleanup campaign launched Tuesday and will run throughout September. Delawareans and visitors are encouraged to pick up trash in their neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control ask volunteers to clean up debris, like cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned […]

Spotted lanternfly concerns spur quarantine in New Castle County

DOVER — The spotted lanternfly adult is an interesting looking creature with forewings that are gray with black spots and hind wings are red with black spots. However, while they are colorful, they are also very dangerous. That’s because the spotted lanternfly is a destructive, invasive plant hopper that attacks many hosts including trees, shrubs, […]

Maryland county washing away, residents face hard choices

HOOPERS ISLAND, Md. — High tides surging from a narrow creek destroyed the car Kathy Blake once parked in her gravel driveway here. Over the past two decades, the water has ruined half a dozen of them. Since October, when one of those floods filled the first floor of Blake’s home with 6 inches of […]

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska Wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration on Monday took another step to opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil and gas, potentially fulfilling a decades-long dream for Republicans. Environmentalists, however, promised to fight opening up the coast plain of the refuge, a 1.56-million acre swath of land along Alaska’s northern Beaufort Sea […]

Young Environmentalists of Year honored at state fair

HARRINGTON — Five dedicated Delaware students were honored for their work to protect, restore or enhance the state’s natural resources at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday as Gov. John Carney and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced this year’s recipients of the DNREC Young Environmentalist of the […]

DNREC lifts recreational swimming advisory for Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH – DNREC lifted the recreational swimming advisory for Rehoboth Beach at Rehoboth Avenue late Friday afternoon after water quality tests taken Thursday showed bacteria levels had returned below the advisory level.  The advisory had been issued Thursday based on results from Wednesday’s regularly scheduled sampling by DNREC’s Recreational Water Program. Ocean beach swimming advisories […]

New report shows increasing flood risk in Delaware

Rapid runoff from inland storms, the rising sea level and Atlantic Ocean surge spurred by tidal events and major weather makers all put Delaware on the map for flood risk. That risk is even greater than what’s documented in current Federal Emergency Management Agency flood mapping, according to a recent report issued by the First […]

Rising sea levels a growing concern for Milford flooding

MILFORD — Severe rainstorms and tidal flooding events have become more common in Milford, and with rising sea levels, they will likely become even more prevalent in the future. Rob Pierce, Milford’s planning and economic development director, said residents and visitors should expect increased flood depth and floodwaters creeping further away from the Mispillion River […]