DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

Date Published: 
May 9, 2014

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Millville fire hall.

State Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) and Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th) said the information night began with the issue of navigational aids on White’s Creek.

“The Coast Guard was saying they were not going to maintain those,” Gray explained. “I got the most emails I had gotten out of any issue. I got 150.”

Hocker called the public response on the issue “unreal.”

The Coast Guard has more recently announced it will continue to maintain the navigational aids for at least this year. But with approximately 500 properties (and potential boaters) around White’s Creek, Gray said DNREC staff could better address people’s concerns.

“We thought we would put together an evening with all the people there to ask the right questions,” Hocker said.

Gray said he would try to get a Coast Guard representative to attend, in addition to DNREC officials.

“The folks that interface with the Coast Guard are going to be there to discuss how those aids go in” and what may happen next, Gray said.

Someone will also discuss dredging of the Inland Bays, which “I think that would improve water flow” and clean the bay, Gray said.

Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation officials will also discuss improvements to Holt’s Landing State Park’s trails and boat ramp, as well as the Assawoman Canal Trail project.

“Come out and bring lots of questions,” Gray suggested.