DNREC Opens Registration for the 2022 Delaware Wetlands Conference

Rosedale Marsh. DNREC photo.


Registration is now open for the 10th Delaware Wetlands Conference presented by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Organized by the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship with support from the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, the conference will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Discounted admission rates are available online and by mail through Tuesday, Dec. 21, for early-bird registration. Registration closes Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Opportunities are available to sponsor and exhibit at the conference not only to support wetland science and education in the Mid-Atlantic region, but to also gain visibility with important leaders in the field.

The two-day event showcases the importance of wetlands in Delaware and across the Mid-Atlantic region. The conference brings together scientists, planners, county, state and federal representatives, community leaders, educators and natural resource managers. Attendees will gain insight into current research on tidal and non-tidal wetlands, the value of the region’s wetlands and the impact their management has on the community.

Each day includes invited speakers, poster sessions, networking time and presentations during concurrent sessions. Oral and poster presentations cover wetland topics related to coastal resilience, soils, beneficial use, monitoring and assessment, remediation, stream and wetland restoration, wildlife, policy/legal considerations, green technology, mitigation and hydrodynamics.

Online registration and information about the event, including sponsorships and the preliminary agenda, are available at de.gov/dewetlandsconference.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship develops and implements innovative watershed assessment, monitoring and implementation activities. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Joanna Wilson, joanna.wilson@delaware.gov; Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov


Delaware extends 2020 produce grower registration due to COVID-19

DOVER, Del. – Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the deadline for produce growers to register their farms with the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has been extended to June 30.

The Food Product Inspection Section has enforcement responsibility for the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The rule focuses on regulatory standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables, in an effort to prevent microbial contamination and reduce foodborne illnesses associated with fresh produce.

In order to determine if a farm is subject to the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, DDA requires all farms within Delaware that grow produce to register. Registration materials are available online at https://de.gov/producesafety. Once DDA receives registrations, staff will reach out to producers to verify that the facilities are covered by the Produce Safety Rule or considered exempt.

Additional information on the Produce Safety Rule, including educational videos, outreach resources, and recordkeeping templates are available online at https://de.gov/producesafety. For more assistance with registration, email DE.ProduceSafety@delaware.gov.


Students invited to participate in 26th annual Junior Solar Sprint model car competition

(Rob Underwood of DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy, left, watches as students prepare to race their solar cars at the 2018 Delaware Junior Solar Sprint. DNREC photo by Joanna Wilson.)

Registration for schools due by Jan. 10, 2020 deadline

DOVER – Delaware 5th-8th grade students are invited to build and race solar-powered model cars in a statewide challenge of creativity, engineering, and speed in the 2020 Junior Solar Sprint state competition, co-sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy and the Delaware Technology Student Association (TSA).

The event will take place on April 2, 2020 at the Delaware Technical Community College campus in Dover as part of the National Junior Solar Sprint Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.

Public, private, and parochial schools, and homeschooled children in grades 5-8 across the state may register up to two teams of two to four students each. Registration is free, and the Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy will provide each participating school with two starter kits, each including a solar panel, motor, and wheels.

Interested educators should submit a completed registration form by Jan. 10, 2020 by email to JamesW.Lee@delaware.gov or by mail to DNREC State Street Commons, 100 West Water Street, Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy Suite 5A, Dover, DE 19904.

The registration form and rules and guidelines can be found on the Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy‘s Junior Solar Sprint webpage, or the Delaware TSA State Conference webpage. Schools are not required to have a TSA chapter in order to participate. Additional questions can be directed via email to JamesW.Lee@delaware.gov or by phone at 302-735-3480.

For those not familiar with the event, a video of last year’s Junior Solar Sprint is posted on DNREC’s YouTube channel at 2018 Solar Sprint.

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

DNREC’s Delaware Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend set Sept. 20-22 at Lums Pond State Park


Participants in an Introduction to Archery class at a DNREC sponsored BOW weekend. This year’s event is Sept. 20-22 at Lums Pond State Park

Registration deadline is Sept. 6 for state’s 21st BOW event

DOVER – Delaware’s 2019 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is set for the weekend of Sept. 20-22 at Lums Pond State Park near Bear, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today, with 2019 marking the 21st year the state has hosted the internationally-recognized women’s outdoors program. Delaware BOW registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 6.

BOW offers a variety of one-and-a-half hour and three-and-a-half-hour courses taught by volunteer instructors who share their expertise and provide instruction in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere. The cost of participating in the full BOW weekend is $140, which includes meals, lodging, instruction, and use of necessary equipment and supplies. The cost of participating in only Saturday’s BOW courses is $110, including meals, instruction, and use of necessary equipment and supplies.

Participants can choose from a wide range of hands-on courses, including Kayaking, Tree I.D., Intro to Birding, Advanced Birding, Horseback Riding, Freshwater Fishing, Fly Fishing, Intro to Rifle Shooting, Intro to Archery, Advanced Archery, Firearms Cleaning and Maintenance, Cooking Your Catch, Wild Game Cooking, Urban Gardening, Zip Lining, Rock Climbing, Native Plant Walk, and a Nature Hike.

A specialty course this year at BOW is a mentored crossbow deer hunt. The course involves learning how to safely use a crossbow and taking part in a mentored deer hunt at Lums Pond State Park. Participants in the hunt are required to have a Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number and, if born on or after January 1, 1967, a hunter education certification prior to the event. Each hunter will be partnered with a mentor who will guide them during the managed hunt.

BOW registration packets are available online at http://de.gov/bow. Completed registration forms with payment should be sent to: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife – BOW, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, DE 19963. For more information, contact Lynne Pusey at 302-422-1329 or email: lynne.pusey@delaware.gov.

Scholarships are available for the state’s BOW event through the Delaware Friends of BOW. To apply for a scholarship, candidates should complete the BOW scholarship application form on the website at http://de.gov/bow. Once completed, scholarship application forms should be sent to Delaware Friends of BOW, 410 Cornish Road, Harrington, DE 19952.

While BOW is designed primarily for women, it offers an opportunity for anyone 18 or older to learn skills that allow them to participate in numerous outdoor activities. Since the first BOW event was held in Wisconsin in 1991, this exciting international program has expanded to 38 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 80 workshops offered each year. The main goal of the BOW program is to provide women the opportunity to learn skills that encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities, such as hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, wildlife-viewing, and other activities.

Follow DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife on Facebook, www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.

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

Vol. 49, No. 215

Saturday, August 11th is the last day for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the Thursday, September 6th Primary.

Saturday, August 11th is the last day for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the Thursday, September 6th Primary. Citizens who are already registered do not have to re-register.

The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is via Delaware’s IVOTE system. This system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of occasional brief periods for system maintenance. In order to be eligible to vote in the Primary you must be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary or as a Republican to vote in the Republican Primary. Folks registering without designating a party or with another party will not be able to vote in the September Primary. Citizens who are already registered without a party affiliation or in another political party can apply to change their party affiliation, however the change will not be effective until after the September 6th Primary.

Another way to register is to print a form, complete it and mail it to the Department of Election office in your county.  In order to be eligible to vote in the Primary, the envelope containing the Voter Registration Application must be postmarked on or before August 11th.

Delaware’s Election Offices in each county will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th for those who want to register in-person. The addresses are listed below.

State Election Commissioner – 905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170, Dover DE 19904, Telephone: (302) 739-4277

Kent County Office – 100 Enterprise Pl Suite 5, Dover DE 19904. Phone: (302) 739-4498

New Castle County Office – Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French St Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19801, Phone: (302) 577-3464

New Castle County Warehouse – 220 Lisa Dr, New Castle DE 19720, Phone: (302) 328-8652

Sussex County Office – 119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947, Phone: (302) 856-5367

Contact: Howard Sholl, Dept of Elections, New Castle County Office, (302) 577-5066.