Carper: Delaware choked by ozone pollution from nearby states, urges action by EPA

STANTON — With every new EPA director — interim or otherwise — comes hope that the federal government helps Delaware bid for clearner air. Last week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., raised concerns about ozone pollution fueled by air flowing from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Delaware’s senior senator and […]

Officials: $5 million grant will help restore Delaware River watershed

SMYRNA — An announcement Friday of a $5 million federal grant to support restoration projects in the Delaware River Watershed drew dozens of activists from various environmental organizations to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge pavilion. “For the first time in history, the Delaware River has dedicated funding for restoration projects throughout the watershed,” said […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY: Plant rain garden for beauty, better water quality

When it rains, it pours. Lately in Delaware, it seems to just rain, and rain, and rain. If your yard gets more than a little bit wet after a storm, rain gardens are a great way to handle the moisture, spruce up your property and keep our waterways clean. Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) […]

COMMENTARY: Grizzlies in Yellowstone not safe from bullet

“The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear.” These words were published in 1949 in Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County ALMANAC,” one of the significant literary contributions to the birth of the modern environmental movement. Seventy years later, the insight remains […]

Count shows horseshoe crab spawning season near its peak

MILFORD — Armed with only a clipboard, 20-meter rope and a 1-meter polyvinyl square, three intrepid ladies set out to participate in what’s become one of the most successful citizen science projects in the country late Tuesday night — the Delaware Bay horseshoe crab spawning survey. Delaware Wild Lands marketing manager Wendy Scott, conservation programs […]

$7.8 million restoration of Mispillion Harbor completed

MILFORD — During the celebration of the completion of restoration and resiliency work at Mispillion Harbor on Friday, U.S. Sen Chris Coons told an amusing anecdote about the time he brought Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse down to “experience” the harbor. Sen. Whitehouse claimed that witnessing the mass horseshoe crab spawning and resulting red knot […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cleaning up air pollution caused by chicken houses

Recently there has been a massive expansion of building chicken houses in Delaware and in Maryland. Just one of these chicken houses can hold up to 50,000 chickens, and of course 50,000 chickens making waste! In one small area of Sussex County there were about 15 chicken houses installed and put up without the community […]

Blades gets emergency water supply: High levels of toxic chemicals were found in the town’s wells

DOVER — Gov. John Carney has authorized the National Guard to assist residents of a southern Delaware town after high levels of toxic chemicals were discovered in municipal wells. Authorities said Friday that the Guard has provided two 400-gallon portable water tanks and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations to the residents of […]

COMMENTARY: Time to ‘restore sanity to federal energy policies’

Fights over oil and gas exploration and production off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey (sometimes called the Outer Continental Shelf) are nothing new — they go back decades. But, as he’s so good at, President Trump is converting a simmering issue into an crisis that urgently needs public resistance. It began with his […]