DNREC seeking volunteers for Delaware Coastal Cleanup


DOVER – Volunteers are still needed and encouraged to join the 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, including river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to preregister at https://de.gov/coastalcleanup to ensure enough supplies are readied for each Cleanup site. Preregistration will close Monday, Sept. 2.

Cleanup sites that still need additional volunteers include:

Kent County
• Big Stone Beach
• Bennetts Pier

Sussex County
• Slaughter Beach
• Lewes Boat Ramp
• Deauville
• South Bethany Beach

Delaware’s Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines, rivers, streams, and lakes by volunteers. Information collected helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it. For more information, visit oceanconservancy.org.

For more information about the Delaware Coastal Cleanup, please contact Joanna Wilson, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9902, or joanna.wilson@delaware.gov.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC announces availability of 2020 Community Environmental Project Fund grants; public workshops set for Sept. 10-11

DOVER – Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin has announced the availability of Community Environmental Project Fund (CEPF) grants for the 2020 grant cycle – with DNREC scheduling two upcoming public workshops about the CEPF program and applying for the grants. Workshops will be held in New Castle County Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. at DNREC offices at 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720, with a Wednesday, Sept. 11 workshop for Kent and Sussex Counties taking place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

House Bill 192 created the Community Environmental Project Fund, in February 2004. HB 192 requires that CEPF funds benefit the communities where the civil or administrative violations occurred. It provides for the restoration of affected communities by funding environmental projects that result in:
• The reduction of pollution
• The enhancement of natural resources
• The enhancement of natural resources for the purposes of creating recreational opportunities for the citizens of Delaware

IRS tax-exempt organizations are eligible for CEPF grants up to $20,000. These include: civic and community organizations, educational institutions, counties, municipal governments, state agencies and quasi-state agencies. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The projects funded in this grant cycle will commence on July 1, 2020, and should be completed by June 30, 2021.

Pre-registration is requested for the public workshops, but is not required. Please contact James Brunswick, DNREC Community Ombudsman within the Division of Community Affairs at 302-739-9040 and James.Brunswick@delaware.gov to pre-register or for more information about the workshops.

For an application form and more information on the CEPF program, please visit:

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DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit arrests Magnolia man on criminal charges, including felony forgery of US currency

      Jordan Patrick

MAGNOLIA – Delaware Natural Resources Police officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Kent County man Aug. 5, after a traffic stop in the area of Sorghum Mill Road in Magnolia led to the discovery of drugs and counterfeit US currency. After an odor of marijuana was detected during the traffic stop, ECU officers conducting a search of the vehicle found 16.9 grams of marijuana and 10 counterfeit $100 bills.

Jordan Patrick, 25, of Magnolia, was arrested and charged with: forgery first degree/possession of counterfeit money (a felony); tampering with physical evidence; possession of marijuana; operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance in possession; operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious or cancelled registration card, number plate or tag; operating a motor vehicle without registration card in possession; and operating a vehicle without working brake lights.

Patrick was video-arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach. He was released on $10,300 unsecured bond for an active capias, and $3,202 unsecured bond for the charges resulting from the ECU traffic stop, pending an appearance in Superior Court.

Delawareans are encouraged to report environmental violations to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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ANNOUNCEMENT: DNREC to hold second public meeting Aug. 14 in New Castle regarding Croda’s 2018 ethylene oxide release

DNREC LogoDOVER – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, joined by Croda company officials, will hold a meeting Aug. 14 to update the public about actions taken since Croda’s Nov. 25, 2018 accidental ethylene oxide release, and steps moving forward for Croda. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.14 at McCullough Middle School, 20 Chase Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720.


DNREC ECU seeks public help in identifying suspect illegally dumping at Polly Drummond Hill Yard Waste Site

This Toyota Tacoma pickup was captured on surveillance camera entering the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site in Newark twice Sunday evening and illegally dumping material other than yard waste. DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit is seeking information about the identity of the truck’s driver. /DNREC photo.

NEWARK (July 31, 2019) – Natural Resources Police Officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of the red Toyota Tacoma pickup truck pictured above who was twice seen on surveillance cameras Sunday, July 28 illegally dumping solid waste at DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site in Newark.

The Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site, which is open from 8 a.m. to sunset Saturdays and Sundays, does not accept any materials other than yard waste. Yard waste is defined as plant material that comes from lawn maintenance and other gardening and landscaping activities. This includes grass clippings, leaves, prunings, brush, garden wastes, Christmas trees, and tree limbs up to four inches in diameter. Dumping other materials at the site is illegal.

DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit ask that anyone with information about this case to call 1-800-662-8802 or 302-739-9401.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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