Delaware Forest Service offers “Trees for the Bay” in partnership with DNREC’s rain barrel program

DOVER (March 28, 2013) – In partnership with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrels program, the Delaware Forest Service is inviting residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to “buy a rain barrel … get a free tree” through the Forest Service’s new “Trees for the Bay” program. 

For each purchase of a discounted rain barrel on Wednesday, April 17 in Kent County and Thursday, April 18 in Sussex County, Delaware residents who live in eligible zip codes will receive a voucher worth $125 toward the purchase of a qualifying tree(s) at participating nursery and garden centers. Additional rain barrel purchases to qualifying residents will be eligible for additional vouchers, while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available through DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program, the heavy-duty plastic rain barrels are for sale to Delaware residents at a discounted price of $59 each. Tree vouchers will be available to Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents when purchasing rain barrels at these pickup locations: 

  • Kent County: Wednesday, April 17 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC State Fair Building, located off Route 13 in Harrington on the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink.
     
  • Sussex County: Thursday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. 

Vouchers are available only to those who reside in the following Delaware communities, which are located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

COMMUNITY ZIP COMMUNITY ZIP
Bethel 19931 Georgetown 19947
Blades 19973 Greenwood 19950
Bridgeville 19933 Harrington 19952
Clayton 19938 Hartly 19953
Delmar 19940 Laurel 19956
Ellendale 19941 Marydel 19964
Farmington 19942 Seaford 19973

Vouchers must be redeemed by Sunday, May 5 at these participating nurseries and garden centers:

  • Bess Buds, 34593 Sussex Highway, Laurel, 302-875-2507
  • Jeff’s Greenhouse and Gift Shop, 7781 Main Street, Bethel, 800-276-3420
  • Barton’s Landscaping/Lawn Co., 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford, 302-629-9645

Vouchers are not redeemable for the following tree species (which are not recommended and/or considered invasive species): ash, northern red oak, Leyland-cypress, hemlock, Japanese black pine, Australian pine, American elm, Norway maple, Tree of Heaven, Paulownia, mimosa, white mulberry, Chinese elm, any white-barked birch and any species or variety of pear.

The Delaware Forest Service and DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship both recognize the important role trees play in cleaning our air and water while enhancing the quality of life for Delaware residents. Trees reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, remove excess nutrients, and filter harmful pollutants before they make their way into the tributaries, streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program is underwritten by federal funds designed to help communities meet the water quality goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). For more details, visit
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/wa/Pages/Chesapeake_Wip.aspx.

For more information about the Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program, please visit http://delawaretrees.com/trees-for-the-bay, or contact Kyle Hoyd, Delaware Forest Service, at 302-698-4578 or email kyle.hoyd@delaware.gov.

 For more information about DNREC’s discounted rain barrel program, please call Sharon Webb, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email sharon.webb@delaware.gov.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service, 302-698-4552.

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Open House on Gordons Pond Trail to be held on April 3

DOVER (March 26, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will host a public open house for the proposed Gordons Pond Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park. The Open House will be held from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Lewes Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes.

This project is part of Governor Jack Markell’s Statewide Trails and Pathways Initiative. The proposed trail will provide a key link in a 15.5-mile regional trail system through Lewes and Rehoboth including the existing Junction and Breakwater Trail.

The proposed trail will extend from the wildlife observation platform at Gordons Pond Area to the Walking Dune Trail near Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. Approximately two miles long, the new trail will improve and reroute an existing primitive trail. The proposed trail will consist of a .4 mile elevated segment and 1.5 mile trail with a crushed stone surface.

More trails for walking, hiking, biking, and jogging rank consistently as the highest outdoor recreation need identified by Delawareans throughout the state. In addition, trail networks promote healthy lifestyles and take cars off the road, reducing air pollution and traffic. The Gordons Pond Trail will offer an excellent opportunity for young Delawareans to be outdoors to experience and learn about nature.

Visitors at the Open House can view the Gordons Pond Trail Plan and related information including exhibits, maps, and trail alignments, models of a bridge/boardwalk, trail tread cross sections, and decking material.

For more information on the Gordons Pond Trail Open House, contact Susan Moerschel, Planning Chief, DNREC Park Resource Office, 302-739-9240 or susan.moerschel@delaware.gov.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation holds lifeguard tryouts

DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is seeking qualified applicants to fill ocean lifeguard positions at five of Delaware’s premier swimming beaches in Sussex County. Tryouts for interested applicants will be held at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach at 8 a.m. on April 2 and 27. There is no pre-registration necessary. Interested individuals may simply attend the tryout of their choice.

No experience is necessary; however, applicants must be at least 16 and able to meet fitness standards and swimming ability minimums, such as: swim 550 yards in 10 minutes; complete a two-mile beach run in 20 minutes; do 25 push-ups in 60 seconds; do 25 sit-ups in 60 seconds; complete a 100-yard timed soft sand sprint; and complete a 25-yard timed swim sprint. 

Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol offers a competitive salary, strength training and participation in Ocean Lifeguard competitions. As a United States Lifesaving Associated (USLA) Advanced Certified Agency, the Beach Patrol also offers the following paid training: Delaware State Parks Ocean Rescue Training; DOT – First Responder Training; CPR/AED/First Aid Training; Helicopter – Open Water Rescue Program; and Sussex County EMS – Medic Assistant Training.

 More information about the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is available at destateparks.com/lifeguard or by calling 302-632-0396 or 302-227-2800, ext. 106. Sea Colony is located at 38994 West Way Drive, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.  

Contact: Bryan John, Delaware State Parks, 302-227-2800, ext. 106; Kris Knutsen, 302-632-0396; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks 302-739-9175, Necia.Beck@delaware.gov

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Upstate trout season to open April 6 in six New Castle County streams

DOVER (March 27, 2013) – Delaware’s spring 2013 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – will be stocked and ready with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish. Trout stocking will continue on a regular weekly basis through Thursday, May 2.

For most anglers wishing to try their luck at trout fishing, a Delaware fishing license is required. A resident annual fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20. 

Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free F.I.N. number.

In addition to Delaware’s normal fishing license requirements, most trout anglers also must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. Resident anglers younger than age 12 or age 65 and older are not required to purchase a trout stamp. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.

All proceeds from the purchase of Delaware Trout Stamps are used to help purchase next year’s fish. The popular fishery also is supported by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration funds generated from anglers purchasing fishing equipment.

Downstate trout season remains open in Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood, both of which were stocked in March. Trout are a cold water species and can only survive while water temperatures in the ponds remain cool. 

For more information about trout stocking, click Trout Stocking Schedule. To purchase a fishing license or stamps, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries, or call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

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

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Universal recycling grants, loans available for Delaware’s commercial sector, including businesses and institutions

DOVER – Applications are being accepted through March 28 for Universal Recycling grants and low interest loans for Delaware’s commercial sector to assist them in collecting, transporting, processing and marketing recyclables. All for profit, not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses and other manufacturing, industrial or processing entities and institutions, such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services, are encouraged to apply.

Grant and loan guidance, the application, frequently asked questions, and recycling toolkits can be found by visiting DNREC’s website, grant guidance and application or www.recycling.delaware.gov. For more information, contact James Short at James.Short@delaware.gov or 302-739-9403.

Established by the Delaware Solid Waste Recycling Law, the Universal Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loan Program is designed to help implement:

  • Source separated recyclables collection and processing with emphasis on start- up costs for residential single-stream recyclables collection; and
  • Start-up costs for initiatives which result in recycling solid waste materials which would otherwise be landfilled, with emphasis on commercial waste.

This competitive grant and loan program has no maximum fund limit that can be requested per applicant; however, there is a limit on the total amount of funding that will be awarded.

The types of materials that must be recycled by commercial entities are not specified in the Universal Recycling Law; however, businesses need to divert as much material as possible from their waste stream. Commercial sector recyclables include, but are not limited to: corrugated cardboard; scrap metals; scrap lumber; office paper; aluminum; and rigid plastics. For a more complete list of acceptable recyclables, as well as a variety of toolkits to assist with recycling program implementation, please visit: www.recycling.delaware.gov.

Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law establishes a comprehensive statewide system of recycling that, with full implementation, will provide efficient and convenient recycling programs for every Delaware residence, business, and institution. Universal Recycling is structured to maximize recycling rates and diversion of waste, and to support and stimulate job growth and new businesses in Delaware.  All businesses and commercial institutions are required to implement comprehensive recycling programs no later than January 1, 2014.

 In February, DNREC held seven workshops tailored to business owners and Institution managers that provided information on the grant and loan funding available, legislative requirements, commercial recycling toolkits and local recycling success stories.

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

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