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 …

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 …

Milford removing lead water lines

Terry Rogers Headlines, Health

by Terry Rogers     The City of Milford is removing lead pipes within the city system. (Photo credit: Pan Xiaozhen, Unsplash) One of the projects discussed at a recent City Council workshop dealt with the replacement of water lines that contained lead throughout the city. The removal of those lines is anticipated to cost just over $1 million throughout …

Wells among concerns at first clean water committee hearing

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A new committee focused on improving water quality in Delaware offered a glimpse into some of the projects it hopes to tackle during the first of three public meetings Tuesday. The Delaware Clean Water Trust Oversight Committee has a broad list of objectives, including improving flood resilience, repairing failing sewer pipes, improving drinking water quality, removing pollution from Delaware’s waterways …

Sledding on the dunes is against the rules

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

Those caught trespassing in dune areas restricted to the public could face fines upward of $100 from the DNREC Natural Resource Police. (Photo courtesy of DNREC) In the state with the lowest mean elevation of all U.S. states, the dunes at Cape Henlopen and other beaches along Delaware’s Atlantic Coast might feel like mountains.  And when a snowstorm blows in, …

DNREC to close facilities, reduce hours due to omicron variant

Charles Megginson Culture, Government, Headlines

Several activities and facilities will be closed or operate under reduced hours throughout January due to the COVID-19 omicron variant. (Pixabay/LifeOfPix) Citing a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, DNREC has announced that it will close or reduce hours for several public activities and facilities. While state parks, nature and wildlife areas continue to be …

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Dec. 26 is coming. Here’s how to recycle your Christmas tree

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

Taking down your Christmas tree may not be on your mind just yet — but when the time comes, DNREC’s got your back.  The agency is encouraging Delawareans to “regift their real Christmas trees to the environment” by recycling them at one of the many yard waste recycling facilities located throughout the state.  Once donated, trees are processed into mulch …

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Parks & Recreation to receive DNREC grant

Terry Rogers Government & Politics, Headlines

by Terry Rogers   At a recent City Council meeting, Brad Dennehy, Director of Milford Parks & Recreation, presented council with the opportunity for recreational grants for the city. The funding would be for a new playground and pickleball courts alongside the Mispillion River in Memorial Park. “This is kind of a no brainer. We got some funding from the …

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Numerous hunting seasons to open in November

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

A white-tailed doe. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service. Numerous hunting seasons will open in November. Included are the popular November deer shotgun season which will run from Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 21, as well as the firearms deer hunt available only to youth and non-ambulatory hunters on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.  Duck, …