Charter School of Wilmington Team “A” Wins State Championship in 2013 Delaware Envirothon Competition

Dover (April 25, 2013) – Charter School of Wilmington Team A is the winner of the 2013 Delaware Envirothon competition held today at Wicked R Western Productions in Wyoming, Del. Charter School of Wilmington Team B placed second, and the team from Polytech High School won third place in the competition.

Eighteen teams prepared all school year for today’s competition.  Each team answered questions, reviewed specimens and took measurements in topics dealing with aquatic ecology, soils/land-use, wildlife, forestry, air quality, and the current environmental issue – pastureland management.  Teams also gave a 6 – 7 minute oral presentation discussing a resource management plan they developed for a given scenario.  After more than three hours of testing, the results were announced. Charter School of Wilmington Team A, with top scores in soils, forestry and wildlife, was crownedthe 2013 state champion.

Each team member from Wilmington Charter School’s Team A earned a $500 scholarship from the Delaware Envirothon, a $100 gift card and other prizes.  The winning team will also receive an award plaque for their school. The second place team, Wilmington Charter School’s Team B, received the $300 Ernest J. Zimmerman award towards the purchase of environmental education supplies. The third place team from Polytech High School received the $150 Dean Belt award.  Charter School of Wilmington Team C received $100 for fourth place.  

The state champions will now train for the 2013 North American Envirothon competition being held Aug. 4 – 9 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

Prizes in the form of gift cards and ribbons are awarded to the top seven teams.  The official results are as follows:

First Place Team:         Charter School of Wilmington Team A
Second Place Team:    Charter School of Wilmington Team B
Third Place Team:        Polytech High School
Fourth Place Team:     Charter School of Wilmington Team C
Fifth Place Team:          A.I. DuPont High School Team Windmills
Sixth Place Team:         Hodgson VoTech FFA
Seventh Place Team:    A.I. DuPont High School Team Final Countdown

Since 1996, Delaware has hosted a state-wide Envirothon competition and has awarded $27,000 in scholarships to 27 students.  For more information about the Delaware Envirothon, please visit www.delawareenvirothon.org or contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-535-7627.

Contact Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-535-7627 or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.  Photos available by contacting DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC now accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning

DOVER (April 23, 2013) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Financial Assistance Branch and the Division of Watershed Stewardship are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. May 30, 2013.

The Wastewater and Surface Water Matching Planning Grant programs are set-asides in the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council through a competitive grant process.

Eligible projects include planning, preliminary engineering, and feasibility analysis of: wastewater, stormwater retrofits; green technology practices; stream and wetland restoration projects; small watershed studies; master surface water and drainage plans; and other source water pollution control projects.

Grant funding is limited to $50,000 for wastewater and $50,000 for stormwater per successful applicant with a 1:1 cash match requirement. Up to 10 percent of stormwater grant funds may be used for administrative costs.

Project guidelines and the application can be found online at the Financial Assistance Branch page.

Wastewater proposals must be submitted by email to Jessica.Velazquez@delaware.gov, and stormwater proposals to James.Sullivan@delaware.gov.  Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10 MB.

For more information, contact Jessica Velazquez, Financial Assistance Branch at 302-739-9941 or Jim Sullivan, Division of Watershed Stewardship at 302-739-9921.

Contact: Melanie H. Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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DNREC celebrating Earth Day on April 22 with rain barrel sale, conservation exhibits

65-gallon rain barrel with planterDOVER (April 17, 2013) – In celebration of the 43rd annual Earth Day, DNREC is holding a rain barrel sale and showcasing conservation exhibits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, April 22 at the agency’s Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

The rain barrels are being offered to Delaware residents by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship at a discounted price – $70.37 each. The 65-gallon granite-colored barrels are made from 30 percent recycled materials and include a planter at the top. Delaware residents who purchase a rain barrel and live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will receive a voucher for a free tree through the “Trees for the Bays” program. Forty barrels are available and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. To check on availability of rain barrels during the sale event, call DNREC at 302-739-9922. Payment may be made by check or money order, made out to “State of Delaware.” Credit cards cannot be accepted.

In addition, outside in front of the building, DNREC will showcase conservation exhibits on what homeowners can do to:

  • Reduce ozone pollution and improve air quality
  • Conserve water
  • Improve water quality
  • Recycle and compost
  • Install a rain garden
  • Volunteer to work on projects that protect our environment

During the event, DNREC staff will be expanding the demonstration backyard habitat located in front of the building. Native plants and mulch will be added that reduce stormwater runoff, create a habitat for local wildlife and beautify the area. Environmental scientists will be on-hand to answer questions on the backyard habitat and on the rain garden located nearby. Easy-to-use information and diagrams on how to design and build a rain garden will be available.

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day is the worldwide environmental movement that educates and mobilizes people to take responsibility for a clean and healthy environment. Earth Day is celebrated by more than a half billion people simultaneously around the globe.

For more information on DNREC and programs underway to protect the environment, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov. The “Trees for the Bay” program is funded by the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, in cooperation with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship.

Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Collaborative coastal grass-planting effort to help Indian River Inlet dune in future storms

LEWES (April 18, 2013) – A coastal grass planting effort capitalizing on Department of Correction’s VOP (violation of probation) laborers and privately-donated resources will help DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship bolster the north side of the Indian River Inlet against lost or displaced sand from future weather events. 

Dept. of Correction VOP laborers plant panic grass on the north side of the Indian River Inlet overseen by DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship

A Sussex County farmer, William Wolter, Jr., donated several truckloads of established panic grass through DNREC’s Office of Community Services, and DOC Sussex Community Correction Center VOP laborers overseen by DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section planted it at the Inlet earlier this month. The VOP laborers also loaded the grass from Mr. Wolter’s Owens Station farm and hunting preserve near Greenwood and transported it to the planting site.

Panic grass is prime vegetation for stabilizing dunes and has widespread use for coastal dune erosion control. Panic grass roots can grow six feet deep and its thick fibrous root system forms a barrier against erosion. As each plug of panic grass was planted on the west side of the dune at Indian River, it was supplemented with fertilizer donated by Perdue AgriRecycle LLC that helped establish the grass along the dune.

Perdue offered a ton of its microSTART60 Plus 7-2-2 fertilizer to the Shoreline & Waterway Management Section to get the panic grass growing as a windbreak and stabilizer along the inlet’s often-shifting sands. VOP laborers gave each plant hole a dose of granular fertilizer, then sprinkled additional fertilizer over it once the grass was planted.

The collaborative venture between Mr. Wolter, who grows panic grass for covering duck blinds, Dept. of Correction’s VOP program, and Perdue drew praise from the DNREC program manager who oversaw the planting. “A genuine example of citizens, the State and private industry working together to do something positive for the environment and help stabilize the sand north of the Inlet,” said Maria Sadler, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship environmental program manager for field operations.

Ms. Sadler noted that Dept. of Correction’s VOP program also helps with DNREC’s annual beach-grass planting along Delaware’s coastal beaches, an annual event which has planted more than 5 million stems of American beach grass over the last 24 years since it began in 1990.

Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC announces preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for portions of Kent County now available from FEMA

DOVER (April 12, 2013) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced that preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for portions of Kent County have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The preliminary maps are available online at www.rampp-team.com/de.htm.  

DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section worked with FEMA to produce the new preliminary flood risk maps for Kent County. FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted the modeling and mapping for the tidal portions of the Delaware Bay in Kent County. DNREC in cooperation with URS Corporation conducted the modeling and mapping of the non-tidal portions of Kent County in the Murderkill watershed.

The preliminary maps include proposed changes to the existing Flood Insurance Rate Maps in Kent County along the Delaware Bay shoreline and adjacent tidal floodplains and the non-tidal portions of the Murderkill watershed upstream to Harrington. The proposed changes include additions or modifications of base flood elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries, zone designations or regulatory floodways.

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program makes flood insurance available to local property owners. Mortgage lenders require borrowers whose properties are located in a designated special flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973. Over the past several years, DNREC has helped several Delaware communities join the national flood insurance program.

Standard homeowners insurance does not cover damage incurred by flooding, however, all property owners can purchase flood insurance. Homeowners interested in how the proposed changes could impact the cost of their flood insurance premium should contact their insurance agent.

The Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the Flood Insurance Study report for Kent County watersheds and communities are available for review online www.rampp-team.com/de.htm and can also be viewed at respective Community Map Repository address listed in the table below.

Community Community Map Repository Address
Kent County, Delaware, and

Incorporated Areas

Preliminary Maps Available for Inspection Online at: www.rampp-team.com/de.htm
   
City of Dover City Hall, Planning Department and Inspection, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901.
City of Harrington City Hall, 106 Dorman, Harrington, DE 19952.
Town of Bowers Bowers Town Hall, 3308 Main Street, Frederica, DE 19946.
Town of Camden Town Hall, 1783 Friends Way, Camden, DE 19934.
Town of Felton Town Hall, 24 East Sewell Street, Felton, DE 19943.
Town of Frederica Town Hall, 2 East David Street, Frederica, DE 19946.
Town of Leipsic Town Hall, 207 Main Street, Leipsic, DE 19901.
Town of Little Creek Little Creek Fire Hall, 311 Main Street, Little Creek, DE 19961.
Town of Smyrna Town Hall, 27 South Market Street, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Town of Wyoming Municipal Building, 1 North Railroad Avenue, Wyoming, DE 19934.
Unincorporated Areas of Kent County Kent County Administrative Complex, Department of Planning Services, 555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

The effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which indicate the current floodplain boundaries and areas of greatest flood risk, can be found at www.msc.fema.gov.

Public comments on the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1301, can be submitted in writing to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or by email Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov. The federal register notice can be viewed at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/04/04/2013-07817/proposed-flood-hazard-determination.

For additional information on the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, contact Greg Williams or Michael Powell, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship at (302) 739-9921. For information on the DNREC’s flood mitigation program, visit DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/Drainage/Pages/Flooding.aspx

Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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