Cleanup from Delmarva oil spill is ‘largely complete’

SLAUGHTER BEACH — The cleanup of oil and debris from beaches resulting from a spill late last month is likely “largely complete,” Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin said Monday. The unified command of DNREC and the U.S. Coast Guard was evaluating cleanup progress in parts of the Delaware and […]

Oil spill culprit still sought, will pay for cleanup if found

SLAUGHTER BEACH — If identified, the source of a significant oil spill affecting Delaware’s shoreline will face a cleanup bill from the federal government that continues to grow. That’s according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is utilizing the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to pay for costs that continued to rise as operations progressed […]

More than 55 tons of oiled debris cleared on Delaware beaches

SLAUGHTER BEACH — As cleanup to a widespread oil spill continued Monday, officials urged the public not to handle any affected material or try to assist wildlife along the Delaware coastline. The Delaware Department of Environmental Control said about 55 tons of oiled debris had been removed from beaches as of Sunday afternoon in a […]

Cleanup of Delaware Bay oil spill continues

SLAUGHTER BEACH — As an oil spill cleanup continued Wednesday, at least 24 affected seagulls had been seen during a response that included state and federal resources and more than 75 contractors, officials said. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also said that roughly two tons of oil sand and debris were […]

Dover reaches out to residents with rules of recycling

DOVER — There are numerous things that many people frequently toss into their household recycling cans, thinking they are a natural fit for single-stream recycling — such as pizza boxes with grease and food in them and plastic bags. However, those kinds of items can jam up the works when it comes to the material […]

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 […]