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DNREC to begin restoring beaches, dunes after powerful nor’easter

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Contol on Monday began restoring beaches after a powerful nor’easter caused widespread erosion and damage. The Mother’s Day weekend storm brought tropical-storm-force winds that affected communities along Delaware’s bayshore and Atlantic coast. “Our shoreline team will be hard at [work] for the foreseeable future on beach restoration priorities that this storm handed …

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Offshore wind research to begin near DE Seashore State Park

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park will see an increase in research activity in the coming months, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Monday. US Wind and Ørsted, two offshore wind energy development companies, will conduct research and collect data to determine the best paths forward for their offshore wind projects. Both companies plan to update and …

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Delaware hunters harvest 15,000 deer, donate 100,000 meals

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware hunters harvested 15,383 deer during the 2021-2022 hunting season and donated 24,333 pounds of venison to charity. Although the harvest was 10.9% lower than the 2020-2021 record harvest of 17,265 deer, the venison donation marked a 15% increase year over year.  That resulted in the provision of more than 100,000 meals to individuals and families in need. The most …

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Earth Day celebrations offer new rain garden, salt marsh tour, more

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

    The Aquatic Resources Education Center on Saturday will host one-hour ‘Marsh Madness’ tours highlighting the tidal salt marsh to mark Earth Day. Photo courtesy of DNREC.   Delaware organizations are offering a variety of ways to celebrate Earth Day Friday and Saturday. New Castle County is inviting residents to participate in the installation Friday — which is Earth …

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Wild turkey season to kick off with one-day hunt for kids, disabled hunters

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

This year’s wild turkey hunting season will feature a soft opening on Saturday, April 2 followed by the opening of the regular season on Saturday, April 9.  The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Friday that the season will open with a one-day turkey hunt for non-ambulatory hunters and children ages 10 through 15. Delaware’s wild turkey …

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The Point at Cape Henlopen to close for season

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

DNREC PHOTO The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean and bay beach, will be closed beginning March 1 for the duration of the spring and summer. Since 1993, The Point has closed annually for most of the spring and summer to protect threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds. Those species include red knots, piping …

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State park fee season begins March 1

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

Delaware State Parks When does winter end? Google says March 20. Punxatawney Phil says March 16. DNREC says March 1. That’s the day Delaware State Parks will transition from the winter free-season to the summer fee-season. The fee season will remain in effect until Nov. 30, 2022. State park entrance fees for vehicles registered in Delaware are $4 at inland …

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NCCo touts upgraded sewer cleaning trucks

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

The Vactor 2100i recycles water while it cleans sewer lines. (New Castle County)   Two new sewer cleaning trucks promise to save water, energy and time by recycling cleaning water, New Castle County says in a flyer accompanying its annual sewer bills. The new vehicles use hydraulic jets to dislodge debris, and they vacuum up debris and liquid from the …

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Surf fishing tags sell out hours after going on sale

Charles Megginson Culture, Government, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday that Delaware standard surf fishing permits sold out just hours after going on sale. The announcement came after sales reached the cap of 17,000 standard tags issued for the 2022 calendar year. While no more standard surf fishing permits that allow fishing anytime will be sold until the 2023 season, …