DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin encourages volunteers to sign up for the Department-sponsored 27th annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup along the river and several tributaries next Saturday, April 14 from 8-11 a.m. at 14 sites throughout northern New Castle County.
DNREC’s Conservation Programs Section to host rain barrel-building workshop April 14 in Blades as part of Reclaim Our River Program
The DNREC Conservation Programs Section will host a rain barrel-building workshop in conjunction with the Reclaim Our River Program from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 14, at Hardin Hall, 20 West 4th Street, Blades.
DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will host a two-day Living Shorelines workshop for Engineers, Contractors, and Landscape Professionals.
Registration closes Wednesday, Jan. 24 for the 2018 Delaware Wetlands Conference, so those who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so now.
Delaware timber harvests achieved a 93 percent rate of compliance with best management practices (BMPs) designed to protect water quality and limit soil erosion, according to a new report. Dr. Anne Hairston-Strang, a forest hydrologist with the Maryland DNR Forest Service, assessed the use and effectiveness of BMPs by surveying a total of 72 sites in Maryland and Delaware from 2014 to 2016. Selected sites were locations with waterway crossings and buffers with the greatest potential for water quality impacts. Effects were expected to be larger than normal because high rainfall during the 2014-2016 period represented an increase of 20 percent above the 30-year average.
Final data indicated that the average sediment delivery across all locations was less than one cubic foot per site—indicating that proper use of BMPs was successful at protecting water quality during harvest operations.