Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Two groups are appealing the recent permit issued by state officials to allow the shipment of up to 10 thousand barrels of unblended ethanol per day from the Delaware City Refinery.

The appeal has been filed by Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters.

They are asking the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board to reject the decision by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Harrington voters gave the green light yesterday to borrow around $4 million to improve the city’s aging water system.

This allows the city to avoid an additional tax or rate hike.

The vote was overwhelming with around 90 percent of residents giving their approval.

Plans call for putting in bigger water mains under Route 13 and Liberty Street.

In addition, there will be a new water tower along with another well.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling that invalidated sediment and stormwater regulations adopted over the past two years.

The judge ruled last year that the regulations were invalid because they required adherence to technical documents that were not subject to public hearings or comment under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

Don Rush

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they're investigating the deaths of four bald eagles.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a statement Sunday that one eagle was found dead near Dagsboro on Saturday morning. Three other birds were found disoriented in a farm field in Sussex County. They later died. The three birds were found about a mile away from where the first eagle was discovered.

creative commons

The owner of the Delaware City Refinery is expected to get hit with a lawsuit that charges the cooling water intake system has caused the deaths of sturgeon.

The conservation group Delaware Riverkeeper says the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control could also be named in the lawsuit for violations of federal rules.

The Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel exploring the feasibility of expanding port operations in Delaware are reviewing a legal opinion regarding a request by longshoremen to pay for an environmental assessment of a site for a proposed cargo facility just south of the existing Wilmington port.

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.