Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control


A program that helps communities in Delaware support gardens, parks, trails and other environmentally oriented projects is running low on funds.

The Community Environmental Project Fund which once boasted $2.2 million on hand has found itself down to just over $21-thousand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the result of decreasing revenues from fines and a $100-thousand accounting error.

Originally the agency believed it had $130-thousand dollars before discovering the clerical problem.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are encouraging Delawareans to sign up for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

Preregistration for this year's cleanup, which will be held on Sept. 16, closes Friday.

The cleanup covers more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, including river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas.

Volunteers are encouraged to preregister online at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's website to ensure that enough supplies are readied for each site.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.