DNREC Announces a New Director for the Division of Watershed Stewardship

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Secretary Shawn M. Garvin has named Steve Williams as new director to lead the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship. Williams has served his entire career with the Department, and one of his recent positions included administrator for the DNREC’s Watershed and Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring programs. The Division of Watershed Stewardship’s director manages a diverse…

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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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Del. Makes Grants Available For Clean Water Projects

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Grant money is flowing into clean-water-related projects in The First State. According to the Department of Natural Resources, more than $1.23-million in non-point source pollution grants have been made available to Delawareans, government agencies and conservation districts in all three counties. Money comes from the federal Clean Water Act. A wide range of projects have…

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Donovan Smith MHP Hit With 2nd Notice of Violation; Plans Confirmed To Connect With Lewes Wastewater System

A section of the Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park off Savannah Road (photo provided by Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer)
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A mobile home community off Savannah Road will connect with the Lewes Board of Public Works sewer system, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. The Donovan Smith community has been chosen as a pilot project in Delaware’s Clean Water Initiative for Underserved Communities. The community owner’s lender had to sign off on financing…

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Lewes ‘Living Shoreline’ Completed

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A living shoreline project has been completed at the Lewes Canal. The 180-foot feature adds to an already existing living shoreline that was built behind the Lewes Little League field seven years ago. The living shoreline helps to manage stormwater runoff, reduces the possibility of erosion issues and filters out pollutants. They are made of…

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Happy Trails: 2 Local Pathways Up For Hall-of-Fame

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The Georgetown-to-Lewes Trail and Junction-and-Breakwater Pathway are up for consideration to join the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame. Voting is underway for the honor, and is open through next Friday August 6th. You may vote as often as you wish. To cast a vote, please CLICK HERE The Conservancy has been honoring rail-trails across the…

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DNREC Honors Young Environmentalists, Including A Sussex Co. Student

Governor John Carney (right) and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin congratulate DNREC's High School Young Environmentalist of the Year, Julia Rial of Sussex Academy /DNREC photo.
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Delaware and the Department of Natural Resources have paid tribute to three students as DNREC Young Environmentalists of the Year. This year’s group of honorees includes 18-year-old Julia Rial of Lewes, whose efforts have included organizing beach clean-ups and tree-plantings. The Sussex Academy student is also a co-founder of the “Delaware Youth Chapter of Extinction…

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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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Del. Bayshore Byway Gets Federal Designation

DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski, Ann Gravatt, Karen Bennett with DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Chair of the Byway Management Team Steve Borleske, Governor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin Unveiling National Scenic Byways Sign at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve’s St. Jones Reserve in Dover
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The Delaware Bayshore Byway is now recognized by the Federal Highway Administration as a National Scenic Byway. A special sign to show the Byway’s significance was unveiled on Earth Day at the St. Jones Reserve in Kent County. The Bayshore Byway is a series of two-lane roads that run between Lewes and New Castle, bringing…

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DNREC Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

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Delaware has extended its rebate program for electric vehicles and charging station purchases for six months, through the end of June 2021. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the rebate program is part of the state’s commitment to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Transportation is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas…

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Del. Plastic Bag Ban Begins Jan. 1st

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Delaware is one month away from banning plastic carryout bags. Starting New Year’s Day, single-use plastic bags will not be permitted at the point of sale at the majority of establishments. Delawareans are encouraged to keep using, or start using, re-usable bags for grocery shopping. Re-usable bags should be cleaned and disinfected between uses. “Each…

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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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Tar Balls, Oily Bits Continue Showing Up At Beaches

Members of a contracted oil spill response organization cleans oily debris from Rehoboth Beach in Delaware as part of the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response, Oct. 26, 2020. The Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are working together to identify areas where tar balls and oily debris are making landfall to facilitate an effective clean up.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross.)
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Remnants of an oil spill that was first detected at Broadkill Beach last month have made their way further south. DNREC and the Coast Guard say cleanup crews have cleared tar balls and oily debris from ocean beaches between Cape Henlopen and Fenwick Island in Delaware as well as Ocean City and Assateague Island State…

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Oil Spill Cleanup Nears Its End; Investigation Continues

Members of a contracted oil spill response organization cleans oily debris from Rehoboth Beach in Delaware as part of the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response, Oct. 26, 2020. The Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are working together to identify areas where tar balls and oily debris are making landfall to facilitate an effective clean up.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross.)
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An assessment by the Unified Command that has been dealing with an oil spill for two weeks indicates that the clean-up may be largely complete. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard utilized stringent federal and state guidelines to determine whether clean-up crews have been successful or if more work is…

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Update: Oil Spill Cleanup Enters 2nd Week

A member of a contracted oil spill response organization cleans oily debris from Slaughter Beach in Delaware as part of the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response, Oct. 25, 2020. The Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are working together to identify areas where tar balls and oily debris are making landfall to facilitate an effective clean up.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross.)
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The cleanup of oil patties from Delaware beaches enters its second week. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources says about 55 tons, or four construction dumpsters’ worth of oil blobs, polluted sand and other debris had been removed as of Sunday afternoon. DNREC and the US Coast Guard are managing the unified command. “The job…

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Oil Spill May Have Affected 24 Seagulls

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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A unified command has been established as efforts continue to clean up oil patties from a spill on Delaware Bay. The Department of Natural Resources says gobs of oil have been found on various locations between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen. In addition to cleaning up and removing the oil patties, assessment of the spill’s…

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2020 A Good Year For Piping Plover Population

Piping plover chick, 18 days old. Photo by Evangelin Von Boeckman.
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It was a productive summer at the Delaware beaches for nesting shorebirds. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources Thursday reported that 21 nesting pairs of piping plovers were monitored, and they produced about 51 fledglings. The small beach nesting birds are on Delaware’s state endangered list. The rate of fledglings, at 2.4 per pair of…

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DNREC Tightens Parking At State Park Beaches

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The Department of Natural Resources plans to cut back capacity at Delaware Seashore, Cape Henlopen and Fenwick Island State Parks starting Friday. Lots will be limited to about 60 percent of parking capacity. Vehicles that arrive after capacity is reached will be turned away. DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin said state park beaches reached capacity last…

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Governor Signs Bill at Rehoboth Bandstand Protecting Delaware from Offshore Drilling

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Governor John Carney joined state and local officials, tourism, marine, fishing, and environmental advocates at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand today to sign two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting Delaware’s coastline and coastal economy from offshore drilling. “An oil spill of some sort could negatively impact the fragile tidal wetlands and ocean beaches, and habitat…

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