Update: 1 of 2 Recreational Water Quality Advisories Lifted in Rehoboth Beach

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(Update, Thursday afternoon) A recreational water advisory for the beach at Rehoboth Avenue has been lifted. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, the latest water sample shows bacteria levels have fallen below the recreational quality limit once again. That advisory that was issued Wednesday was lifted Thursday afternoon. The advisory at the Virginia…

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Sussex County’s White Creek Next in Line for Dredging

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An emergency dredge project at the Murderkill River in Kent County has been completed ahead of schedule. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, its Shoreline and Waterway Management Section will take on another navigability restoration project on White Creek in Sussex County. The White Creek project is being put out for bids. More…

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DNREC Sets Virtual Workshop in Sept. on Seaford Biogas Project

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A proposal to expand a composting facility in Seaford will be detailed next month during a Delaware Natural Resources virtual community workshop. Bioenergy Devco will need several permits to move forward with its proposal, which includes construction of an anaerobic digester that makes it possible to convert organic waste into renewable natural gas. BDC would…

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DNREC Issues Recreational Water Advisory for Bethany Beach

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A recreational water advisory has been issued for Bethany Beach,According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, elevated levels of bacteria were found in water samples that were taken Wednesday at Garfield Parkway. The beach is open, but swimmers are advised to use caution and / or avoid prolonged periods in the water.Onshore ocean flows…

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Del. Launches Solar Program For Low-to-Moderate Income Homeowners

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Delaware low- to moderate-income homeowners may qualify to get assistance with the cost of installing solar panels.The Delaware Department of Natural Resources plans to introduce a new two-year pilot program this Friday, July 1st.ÔÇťDNRECÔÇÖs Green Energy Program has helped thousands of Delawareans make the switch to solar power, but installation costs continue to be an…

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Code Orange Air Quality Action Day For Del. Tuesday

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Today (Tuesday, May 31st) will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware.Sunshine, soaring temperatures and southwesterly winds are expected to combine to generate ozone production and additional pollutants.Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly and people with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such individuals…

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As More Visitors Arrives, Beach Communities Continue Response To Early May Nor’easter

Photo provided by the City of Rehoboth Beach; photo taken by Carolyn Brace
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As Memorial Day approaches, finding solitude along some Delaware Beaches may be a bit more challenging.An early May nor’easter caused significant erosion in some communities. Crews have been working during the past few weeks to restore access ramps and pathways.According to Rehoboth Beach officials:By tomorrow (Friday) morning, three of the five closed dune crossings in…

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Del. Extends Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

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Delaware is extending its “clean vehicle rebate program” through the end of the year. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the program was originally scheduled to expire June 30th. DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin said electric vehicles are increasing in popularity, and the environment benefits continue due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Since its inception…

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How Is Your Flood IQ? This Is Del. Flood Awareness Week

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Delaware Flood Awareness Week is underway.The Department of Natural Resources and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency hope to educate citizens about the risk and the likelihood of flooding. Also, property owners should be well versed in the importance of a flood insurance policy and flood remediation for any property damage or loss caused by flooding.Governor…

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Lewes Approves Plan To Annex Donovan-Smith MHP

A section of the Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park off Savannah Road (photo provided by Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer)
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Lewes is moving forward with a plan to annex the Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Park community, which clears the way for the community to be connected with the Lewes Board of Public Works water and sewer system. Residents there have been plagued by a failing water and sewer system for years.The Lewes Mayor and Council…

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DNREC Releases Report On Offshore Wind Power Opportunities, Challenges

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources released a report Thursday that explores the possibilities of the state entering the growing offshore wind industry, as well as challenges. The study was prepared by University of Delaware researchers and DNREC, according to Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin. Garvin last year asked UD’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind…

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Del. Takes New Step To Reduce Auto Emissions

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Delaware plans to adopt what’s known as California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulations, according to Governor John Carney. Carney said Thursday that drivers who are looking to purchase an electric vehicle will find more options at Delaware dealerships. 13 other states have also adopted the policy. “By creating a better environment for the sale and purchase…

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Sen. Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester Highlight Climate Change Challenges During Beach Visits

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Senator Tom Carper visited two Delaware beach communities Tuesday. (photo courtesy of Sen. Tom Carper's Office)
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Delaware for the most part is flat and low-lying, leaving it exposed to the threat of climate change, according to Senator Tom Carper, D-Delaware Carper was accompanied by Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, Delaware Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin and officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday during visits to Slaughter Beach and…

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PFAS Found In Untreated Well Water Across Del., Says USGS

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Contaminants known as PFAS have been found to be widely distributed in untreated well water in Delaware, with the highest number of types of chemicals in Sussex and New Castle Counties. The wells receive their groundwater from the Columbia aquifer, and samples found to contain the chemicals generally had low concentrations. Research is still going…

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Feb. Updates For Del. Hunters

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February brings more hunting opportunities for hunters in Delaware. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is Saturday, February 5th and is open for hunters ages 10 through 15. Other hunting and trapping seasons also continue this month. Hunters should be aware of license requirements, The Department of Natural Resources provided these updates: Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: The one-day,…

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Relief Help Available For Del. Fisheries-Related Businesses Impacted By Pandemic

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Delaware’s fishery-related businesses that were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for relief funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, commercial fishing businesses, shellfish aquaculture specialists, for-hire recreational fishing operations, seafood dealers and processors may qualify for funding. They must show a revenue decline of more…

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Del. Seeks Guidance For Use Of Clean Water Trust

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Delawareans and businesses are invited to help identify ways the Delaware Clean Water Trust can support water quality improvement efforts. The Clean Water Trust oversees $50-million in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget as a funding source for water quality and water related projects. The Clean Water Trust Oversight Committee is hosting three virtual public information…

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DNREC Reopens Shellfish Harvest At Rehoboth Bay

A 21-day emergency shellfish harvest closure at Rehoboth Bay has been lifted (photo courtesy of Delaware Department of Natural Resources)
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Commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting may resume in Rehoboth Bay following a three-week closure due to a sewer spill. According to The Delaware Department of Natural Resources, 21 days is deemed an abundance of caution to protect the public against pathogens of concern, including viruses, that could be associated with wastewater exposure. Untreated wastewater spilled…

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Del. Parks, Some DNREC Operations Adjusted In January

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources is making some changes in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. State parks, nature and wildlife areas are still open, but through the end of January public restroom facilities will be closed. Portable facilities will be available. Indoor programs will be held virtually or may be canceled.…

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