As he prepared to take part in DNREC’s online informational meeting Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, and again ask officials to dredge 1,200 feet at the north end of the Assawoman Canal during the upcoming White Creek dredging project, Tom Fowler got a message that put his mind at ease.

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About a month after two Sussex Correctional Institution inmates filed a lawsuit claiming they had been attacked by SCI employees with no action taken by leadership, 10 to 20 more individuals — some still incarcerated there and others who have been released — have reported similar treatment.

DNREC on Tuesday, Jan. 18, announced the end of a 21-day emergency closure of commercial and recreational shellfish harvest of oysters, clams and mussels in the Rehoboth Bay that went into effect Dec. 28, 2021, after a spill from a residential sewer line in the Long Neck area of Sussex Count…

The 2022 Delaware Legislative Session began this week, virtually, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus — a move state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) opposes and that state Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th) hopes changes to in-person sessions by early March.

A coalition of progressive and environmental groups are challenging Delaware lawmakers to sign on to a set of green resolutions to kick-off the 2022 legislative session this week. Endorsers of these green initiatives include the Delaware Working Families Party, Sunrise Newark, Delaware DSA, …

DNREC recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for investments of $3.4 million from the Environmental Mitigation Trust on projects that improve the state’s air by reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). A virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to help organizati…

After twice warning the City of Seaford that it was considering an anti-choice ordinance that was contrary to state law, Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced this week that she had filed suit against the City of Seaford over the ordinance.

As the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles provides improvements to services offered, the process to request vanity tag reservations is changing as part of an effort to increase convenience and efficiency for customers statewide.

DNREC will provide an overview and updates on the White Creek maintenance dredging project in Sussex County during a virtual public information session set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19. The project is now in the engineering phase. More information about the project and the link to join the…

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and current and anticipated staffing shortages, customers who require Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) services are being strongly encouraged to utilize the myDMV online portal (mydmv.delaware.gov), which offers more than 20 services-including renewal of Del…

The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced this week that, effective at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, it was temporarily suspending in-person visitation to all of its Level V prison and Level IV work-release and violation-of-probation facilities, as a precaution to …

Chris Bason, Executive Director of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), reviewed the environmental year in our region with Coastal Point this week. He discussed combating sea level rise, addressing climate change and funding programs to improve Southern Delaware’s natural resources.

The Omicron Variant has now burgeoned from 13 percent of the SARS Covid-19 cases in the United States to about 75 percent of all cases, according to health officials.

A lawsuit filed on Dec. 17 by inmates at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown, claiming they were attacked by jail employees while no action was taken by leadership there, is expected to be heard in U.S. District Court in Wilmington next year.

Increasing cases of the coronavirus, crowding in hospitals and exhausted healthcare workers have reached such a level, Dr. David Tam, CEO of Beebe Healthcare, said this week, “that the last time I saw something like this was in combat.”

DNREC officials presented a Climate Action Plan this week that is designed to mitigate carbon emissions, reduce source-point pollution and provide more than 57 local jurisdictions with technical support and carbon-reduction ideas. The report is non-binding and provides a roadmap for local le…

Delaware residents, along with government agencies, New Castle, Kent and Sussex conservation districts, and non-profit organizations throughout the state, can help support Delaware’s continuing quest for clean water by taking advantage of an annual grant opportunity administered by DNREC and…

Gov. John Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long on Wednesday, Dec. 1, announced the creation of a Community-Based Mental Health Services Fund to support the delivery of mental health services in Delaware communities.

As COVID-19 vaccination expands to children, and as aggressive COVID-19 mitigation measures continue across Delaware’s correctional system the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced recently that in-person inmate visitation at all DOC facilities has been expanded to include childr…

The Delaware Tourism Summit, held on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, provided the industry’s small business and non-profit organization professionals a day of learning designed to deliver both helpful knowledge and a boost of energy for businesses focus…

Annually, Dec. 7, has been proclaimed Delaware Day, in honor of Delaware becoming the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787, thus making Delaware the first state in the nation. This year, the Department of State’s Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs and the Delaware T…

After being in its current location for more than 100 years, the Lewes swing bridge has decided it is not yet ready to be separated from its home in the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal, DelDOT officials announced this week, after it was determined the project requires a larger crane.

Delawareans interested in strategies for minimizing emissions and maximizing resilience to the impacts of climate change identified in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan have two opportunities to learn more at presentations from DNREC. The presentations will be available in both English and Spanish.

DNREC officials announced on Dec. 1 that the sale of 2022 Delaware State Parks annual passes and surf-fishing permits will be delayed due to nationwide supply chain disruptions. Due to the delay, 2021 surf-fishing permits will be honored on surf-fishing beaches through Jan. 31, 2022. Daily e…

The Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles this week issued an alert regarding a scam that has been sent via text message.

A 38-year-old Dagsboro man, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed a $150,000 top prize from the Delaware Lottery’s The Money Game instant game on Nov. 17, at Delaware Lottery Headquarters. He purchased the winning ticket from Wawa No. 836 in Bethany Beach.

The public is being invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo on Friday, Nov. 26. DNREC has waived state park and zoo entry fees annually on Black Friday since 2015, as part of the #OptOutside movement.

DART statewide services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, DART announced this week. The SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Train passengers are being encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance.

Veterans with a 100 percent disability rating may be eligible for a tax credit against 100 percent of non-vocational school district property tax. House Bill 214 with House Amendment 1, which was signed into law by Gov. John Carney on Aug. 10, allows school districts to grant a Disabled Vete…

Registration is now open for the 10th Delaware Wetlands Conference presented by DNREC. Organized by the Division of Watershed Stewardship with support from the department’s division for climate, coastal and energy, the conference will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at …

Beginning Friday, Nov. 26, and running through Friday, Dec. 31, new E-Z Pass customers will receive a free transponder (a $15 value) with each individual account opened during that time. The promotion is open to residents of every state, not just Delaware residents.

Under the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on Monday, the Delaware Inland Bays located near Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and the South Bethany could see up to $4.5 million in additional restoration dollars over five years, through…

Gov. John Carney joined DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin this week to announce that DNREC’s parks and recreation division has won the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) 2021 National Gold Medal Award for Exce…

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday, Nov. 9, launched a new program that aims to plant a tree for every Delawarean as part of the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The initiative was originally announced in Carney’s 2020 State of the State Address and discussed in Delawar…

Next year is a big election year in Delaware, but it could also be a historic one: next year might be the year that casting a ballot by mail becomes a permanent reality for voters in the state. That’s what voting-rights advocates are gearing up to fight for when the 151st General Assembly re…

Gov. John Carney on Monday signed into law eight pieces of legislation designed to restore public trust in Delaware’s criminal justice system, protect minors from facing lifelong consequences for their juvenile mistakes, and expand second-chance opportunities for adults who have turned their…

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this week advised the public to be wary of a text-message scam claiming to be from the DMV.

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Results from samples taken from the water system serving residents of the Bethany Crest community near Millville returned test results that were below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Health Advisory Level (HAL) of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFAS in drinking water. Residen…

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Former Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner has passed away at the age of 86. Numerous Delaware officials on Nov. 4 issued statements marking the passing of the state’s 72nd governor — and its only female governor. Minner served Delaware in elected office from 1975 to 2009.

DelDOT announced to motorists this week that a portion of Delaware Avenue in Frankford, between Mill Street and Route 113, will be closed for the installation of a water line. The closure is set to take place between 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, and 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, pending weather.