Public property along Brandywine Creek Trail

Property near Brandywine Creek trail turns public

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Rockland property that served as an entryway to the northern Delaware trail system along the Brandywine Creek has become public land. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control joined forces with the Woodlawn Trustees to buy the private property along Rockland Falls Road. It has been preserved through the Delaware Open Space Program, which means it can’t …

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Registration open for Nanticoke River Cardboard Boat Regatta

Staff Writer Culture, Headlines

Are you capable of building a seaworthy cardboard boat? There’s only one way to find out! The seventh annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Nanticoke River Public Marine Park in Blades.  The event, which is returning after a two-year hiatus, is presented by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the …

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Delaware bans 37 invasive plants (with more to come)

Ken Mammarella Culture, Government, Headlines

Delaware has banned 37 invasive plants, and the number will grow. The hit list in a law that became effective July 1 includes plants often sold to homeowners or shared among gardeners and weeds that just seem to be all around that no one today likes. They are: (1) Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora). (2) Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). (3) Oriental …

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Attention shoppers: No more plastic bags as of July 1

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

“Bags, wallet, keys and phone” are some new lyrics suggested for the old children’s exercise song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as Delaware moves to a plastic bags ban. The new words come from some creative folks at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to promote a broader and deeper ban on plastic bags that starts Friday, …

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Carbon emissions goals released from Senate committee

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A controversial bill setting Delaware’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was released from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee Wednesday and will advance to the Senate floor for a vote.  Senate Bill 305, the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, would require Delaware to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% before 2030 and by 90% before 2050.  Opponents said the …

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Residents can comment on pollution permit for Delaware City refinery

Staff Writer Government, Headlines

  Residents have until July 31 to comment on a proposed air pollution permit renewal for the Delaware City Refining Co. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will submit the proposed federal Clean Air Act Title V major source air pollution permit renewal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for that review before DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin …

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Total plastic bag ban begins July 1

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Do you use reusable grocery store bags? Beginning July 1, you’ll have to choose between reusable and paper — and there won’t be any other options. Under Delaware’s 2019 plastic bag ban, stores were allowed to use the thicker 2.25 millimeter-thick plastic film bags, which were considered reusable under the law. Last June, the General Assembly enhanced the state’s plastic …

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Delaware State Parks on track to set visitation record

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

After breaking attendance records in 2021, Delaware State Parks is on pace to set another visitor attendance mark by the end of 2022, DNREC announced Friday. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation had 47,250 active annual passes that allow daily entry into Delaware State Parks compared with 61,744 in 2021, a 31% increase. …

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Here’s how to get a free reusable grocery bag Friday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

    Oh, we know. You barrel into the grocery store, pick up everything on your list and as you’re heading toward checkout, you remember you left your stack of reusable bags in the car. No matter. Practice makes perfect and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control staff wants to help you succeed. It’s handing out free …

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Delaware Memorial Day dune crossing closures

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

Multiple vehicle and pedestrian beach access points will be closed during Memorial Day weekend, DNREC announced Thursday. The drive-on and walk-on crossings sustained damage during a May 8 nor’easter. Unsafe drop-offs along the dunes where the crossings meet the beach necessitated the closures. Very little beach is available for drive-on surf fishing, even during low tide at the closed locations, …