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  • Governor Markell signs new bill to enable DNREC to issue low-numbered surf fishing vehicle platesGovernor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small, legislators and surf fishing groups and enthusiasts were on hand as the Governor signed HB348, which allows DNREC and the Division of Parks & Recreation to issue low-numbered surf vehicle plates (1-1000) by sale or auction.2014-10-16 17:00:42
  • Governor Markell Signs Three Bills to Help Spur Brownfields Development, While Safeguarding Delaware’s Groundwater and Protecting Public HealthOn a former brownfield site that’s now a WSFS Bank branch location, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation that enhances the state’s capabilities for transforming environmentally-impaired properties while also better protecting public health and groundwater resources from hazardous releases.2014-10-06 15:24:20
  • October to be proclaimed “Children in Nature” monthGovernor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Children in Nature Month” in Delaware. To mark the designation, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation and other partners that comprise the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition will offer public programs designed to get children outdoors and into the beautiful fall weather.2014-09-29 17:00:41
  • Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state-owned facilityGovernor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.2014-09-28 17:00:57
  • Governor Markell signs bill declassifying and updating fines for certain hunting, fishing and boating offenses At Wilmington’s DuPont Environmental Education Center, as DNREC Secretary David S. Small and Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine looked on, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation that changes more than three dozen less severe environmental offenses associated with wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating from environmental misdemeanors to environmental violations and exempts these violations from being included in state criminal history records.2014-09-02 15:29:28
  • Delaware beaches again land distinction as No. 1 in nationPutting it in World Series terms, Delaware has just made a “cleanest sweep,” for the fourth straight year capturing the crown for the country’s cleanest beach water quality.2014-07-02 13:07:47
  • Cape Henlopen State Park to celebrate its 50th anniversaryCape Henlopen State Park turns 50, and there will be plenty of activities to mark the milestone occasion.2014-06-26 11:37:54
  • Governor’s Statement on Confirmation of David Small as Next DNREC SecretaryThe Delaware Senate today unanimously confirmed the nomination of David Small to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, succeeding Secretary Collin O’Mara whose tenure will end after this legislative session. 2014-06-25 17:32:36
  • Unique Gordons Pond Trail opens at Cape Henlopen State ParkOn the eve of Cape Henlopen State Park’s 50th anniversary, hiking and biking trail fans, elected officials, park visitors and local residents today came out to celebrate the long anticipated official opening of the Gordons Pond Trail at the park. The new 3.2-mile trail is part of Governor Jack Markell’s Trails and Pathways Initiative, providing a key link in a 15-mile regional trail system connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach including the existing Junction and Breakwater Trail. 2014-06-19 11:38:31
  • Gov. Markell, Sens. Carper and Coons, Congressman Carney announce funding to increase resiliency of vulnerable Bayshore habitatsToday, Governor Jack Markell and Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney and DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara announced that the state has received $6.9 million in federal funding to design and construct projects for Delaware Bay wetland and beach habitats that will minimize coastal flooding and enhance the resiliency of communities and ecosystems degraded by storms, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The funding will support Delaware’s efforts to protect lands, infrastructure, and communities along the Bayshore from future coastal storms and sea level rise.2014-06-19 11:00:22
  • EPA Highlights Delaware as Model for Reducing Power Plant PollutionVisiting a natural gas facility construction site adjacent to a utility-scale solar plant that represents part of Delaware’s effective effort to reduce power industry pollution, Governor Markell, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Collin O’Mara emphasized the environmental, health, and economic benefits of the EPA’s just-released plan to dramatically cut the nation’s carbon emissions and combat the effects of climate change.2014-06-05 14:56:10
  • Governor Will Nominate Experienced Environmental Leader to Cabinet PostGovernor Jack Markell announced he will nominate Deputy Secretary David Small to be Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). 2014-05-20 15:01:56
  • DNREC Secretary O’Mara Recruited to Lead National Wildlife FederationSecretary Collin O’Mara will conclude a five and a half year tenure leading Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) in July, after the completion of the Delaware General Assembly Session, when he will become President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).2014-05-01 15:25:13
  • Delaware ranked No. 4 among Bicycle Friendly StatesKicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. In the seventh annual assessment, Delaware ranked No. 4 nationally, while placing No. 1 in the East and receiving 55.7 points out of 100.2014-05-01 15:11:47
  • Federal and state officials, conservation partners celebrate two $1M grants benefitting Delaware’s Bayshore and beyondAmong the lush fields and tidal marshland of Delaware’s Bayshore east of Dover, Delaware officials and conservation partners were joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Deputy Director Steve Guertin to celebrate the purchase, protection and conservation of the Vance Morris Tract – nearly 750 acres of key coastal Bayshore lands bordering the Ted Harvey Conservation Area. 2014-04-24 18:20:01



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