Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Of Mosquitos, Beware

Jun 12, 2013

Brace for another summer of mosquitos in Delaware.

That’s the word from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control…which said that rain over the last week is expected to leave behind pools of water that are breeding grounds for mosquito eggs.

State officials are urging residents to empty things ranging from gutters and birdbaths to rain barrels and old tires as well as covering depressions with tarps.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware natural resources officials say hunters killed fewer deer this hunting season.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says hunters killed 13,302 deer, down 1.9 percent from the year before. Despite the drop, this year's harvest is the eighth highest on record. State officials say the drop was expected because of changes made over the past few years to reduce the state's overabundant deer population.

With the oceans lapping up further into the coastline a public meeting will be held this afternoon at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes to examine the impact of sea level rise.

WBOC reports that this is the first such public meeting being conducted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

They will help provide public input on the potential options developed by the state in meeting this threat and will give residents a chance to learn about the possible impacts to homes, infrastructure, natural resources and the economy.

Delaware State officials are working on putting up a sheet pile wall around 740 feet long…along the northbound lanes of Route 1 and the northeast side of the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

The $1.4 million project is part an effort to deal with the beach erosion that has been occurring at a faster rate than usual at the approach to the roadway to the new bridge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a tie-back system will be installed for the bridge with anchors that will extend behind the wall to help support it in an upright position.


       LEWES, Del. (AP) - A regional fisheries oversight body is proposing changes to the interstate fishery management plan for Atlantic menhaden.

     A hearing was planned Wednesday night at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control field office in Lewes on the proposal by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

     Officials say the revision is needed because a panel found in 2010 that menhaden population abundance had declined steadily and recruitment had been low since the last peak observed in the early 1980s.