DNREC Plans Info Session On White Creek Dredge Plan

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White Creek is due for maintenance dredging. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources is hosting a virtual information session next week to share details about the project. White Creek, which connects Indian River Bay to the Assawoman Canal and ultimately Little Assawoman Bay, has been affected by shoaling, which in turn impacts navigation. According to…

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Councilman To DNREC: Pick Up The Pace At Lewes 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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12 days after the Delaware Department of Natural Resources issued a Notice of Violation against the Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park off Savannah Road, a pre-dawn visit Tuesday did nothing to impress Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer. Schaeffer told WGMD News that as of early Tuesday, areas of the community where sewage had bubbled to…

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How To Dodge Those Ticks:

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As we spend more time outdoors, we are more at risk to be bitten by a tick. Ticks are present, however, all year long. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Delaware Public Health, we need to be extra alert for ticks, which tend to wait on the grass or on plants for…

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Lewes Mobile Home Park Hit With Notice-of-Violation

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The Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park LLC of Lewes received a Notice of Violation from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Thursday for continuing violations of state laws that govern wastewater treatment and disposal systems. According to DNREC, the community’s onsite wastewater treatment system was found to be out of compliance, posing…

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What Is Happening To The Birds?

Photo Credit: National Parks Service photographer Leslie Frattaroli
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Scientists and wildlife experts are investigating why songbirds are becoming sick or dying or in some cases appearing to fly erratically or stumble. According to the Department of Natural Resources, similar incidents have been reported in at least six states. Most affected have been European starlings, blue jays and common grackles and the disorder has…

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DNREC: Rescued Wild Animals Are Not Good Pets

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Young wild animals that appear to be in distress may inspire the desire to rescue the animal, but the Delaware Department of Natural Resources said it’s important to resist the urge. Animals that seem to be abandoned are often being watched with their mothers nearby. Wild animals can be dangerous and could bite or attack.…

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Cape Henlopen Point Beaches Closed For Nesting Season

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The Point at Cape Henlopen is now closed for the annual beach nesting season. According to the Department of Natural Resources. the stretch of ocean and bay beach has been closed yearly since 1993 to benefit threatened and endangered beach nesters and migratory shorebirds. Piping plovers, red knots, oystercatchers, least terns and other birds often…

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Del. Surf Fish Permits Sell Out

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Sales of Delaware surf fishing permits have reached a cap of 17,000. There are no more permits to be had, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Sales of surf fishing permits began in December. The cap of 17,000 was established in 2019 by the Delaware Parks and Recreation Advisory Council as a way to…

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Del. Trout Season Starts Early

rout being stocked last year for the 2020 downstate pond trout season. Only Newton Pond near Greenwood will have trout stocked this year. Photo courtesy DNREC
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Delaware’s pond trout season will get off to an early start this year. According to the Department of Natural Resources, it’s looking to minimize opening day crowds under the pandemic while allowing for ‘responsible outdoor recreation.’ (It may be helpful to know that many fishing rods are about six feet long.) Only Newton Pond near…

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Sewer Rupture Pours Wastewater Into St. Jones River

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A sewer break has caused wastewater to flow into the St. Jones River in Kent County. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, the ‘force main break’ occurred near the Kent County pumping station along its Puncheon Run line. DNREC and Kent County Public Works have responded to make repairs and assess the situation.…

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Del. Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect

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The new year brings a ban on single-use plastic bags at many Delaware establishments. Delawareans have been encouraged to use reusable bags for grocery shopping. They should be cleaned and disinfected between uses. There are some exceptions: small stores with one or two locations are not subject to the ban on single-use plastic bags, and…

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DNREC Begins Auction Of Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tags

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources has an incentive for Black Friday shoppers who are interested in a low-digit surf fishing tag. A total of twelve two-digit and three-digit tags as well as other choice numbers will be available. The minimum bid for a prized surf-fishing tag is $250. The Delaware General Assembly passed legislation…

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Del. State Parks Will Be Free This Fri.

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Delaware State Parks will be open to the public at no charge this Friday. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the entry fee as part of the annual Black Friday #OptOutside movement. It encourages Americans to spend time outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving and to share their experiences on social media using the…

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Update: Oil Spill Cleanup Reaches Final Stages

Crewmembers from Lewis Environmental, a remediation contractor, conducts cleanup operations of oil patties that washed ashore at various locations on the Delaware Bay coastline between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen, Delaware, Oct. 21, 2020. A unified command consisting of the United States Coast Guard and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has been established as cleanup efforts continue. (Courtesy photo/Released)
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Clean-up crews are nearing the end of an oil-spill response that has now lasted more than three weeks. According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, the beaches at Gordon’s Pond at Cape Henlopen, North Shores, Rehoboth and Dewey were the last to require a final sign-off. The unified command between DNREC and the Coast…

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Squirrel! Delmarva Fox Squirrel Populations To Be ‘Translocated’

A Delmarva Fox Squirrel (image courtesy of DNREC)
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Delmarva fox squirrels are going to find a new home in Delaware. The Department of Natural Resources says some of the once-endangered squirrels, found abundantly on the Maryland Eastern Shore but still relatively rare in southern Delaware, will be ‘trans-located’ from their Maryland population center to suitable habitats in The First State. Squirrels captured in…

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