Wetlands

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on the health of coastal wetlands in the nation, with the five-year effort revealing that wetlands in the coastal plains region, which includes Virginia, are slightly healthier than the nation overall.

The Daily Press reports that the EPA's survey shows that 50 percent of all wetland types in the region were in good health, 21 percent were in fair condition and 29 percent were in poor condition.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is relaxing some restrictions on waterfowl hunting for a special snow goose season.

The season runs Monday through Friday, and then reopens Feb. 8 through April 9. It's intended to reduce the burgeoning population of greater snow geese causing damage to wetlands and farm fields.

During the special season, hunters can load their shotguns with more than three shells and use electronic calls to attract geese - measures that are usually prohibited.

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Restoration of the marshes at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge is set to begin June 15th.

It will be the first step in a $36 million effort to fight rising sea levels along the Delaware Bay.

Work crews will create drainage channels followed by over a million cubic yards of sand to beef up the beach just south of Fowler Beach Road to deal with openings caused by Hurricane Sandy.

There will also be a dune with grass to preserve the area and provide time for some of the wetlands adversely affected by human activity.

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A federal grand jury has indicted 73-year old Joseph Capano Sr. for illegally running electric and gas lines through wetlands at the troubled Riverbend residential community off Delaware Route 9.

The allegations include lying to the Army Corps of Engineers about the substance and time of the water line work and providing an affidavit that falsely claimed the water line went in before a federal cease and desist order in 2009.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is touting federal funding of about $7 million to help pay for projects that will help minimize coastal flooding along the Delaware Bay and improve wetland and beach habitats.

Members of the delegation planned to join state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara on Friday for a boat tour of Mispillion Harbor and the bayshore to view areas that will be helped with the federal funding.

Two Sussex County Council members are expressing their doubts about the interest by a state committee in regulating development of 4-thousand acres of privately owned wetlands.

Council members Sam Wilson from Georgetown and Vance Phillips  both fear this interest by the Wetland Advisory Committee set up by the state could hamper farming.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that yesterday Council member George Cole told his colleagues that he did not believe this was an attack on farming.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are contacting property owners for permission to study wetlands on their property.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be continuing a wetlands study this summer in the Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds. The study is designed to confirm maps of the wetlands and determine their health.

A 162-acre property set for an RV camper park west of Lewes could be running into environmental issues.       

The facility would accommodate 451 recreational vehicles and 157 families in cabins along with a handful of tent sites.

But, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says half of the property is part of the Love Creek Natural Area which contains wetlands.

It says that intensive development is unsuitable urging the company to consider making it an official nature preserve.