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Some Southern Delaware, Maryland Beaches Cleared of Oily Debris, Tar BallsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Del. Museums Sponsor Three Virtual-Programs During NovemberDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Delaware Emitirá Beneficios de Emergencia Para Octubre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on passing of Elaine and Wayne ManloveDate Posted: November 3, 2020
November 03, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Child and Adult Care Food Program offers meal reimbursementDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Unified Command for Delaware Coastal Oil Spill Assesses Cleanup Effort and Smaller Remaining Tar Balls on BeachesDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing Sites Date Posted: November 1, 2020
Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 1 for Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: November 1, 2020
URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!Date Posted: October 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 30, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period 30 Days for Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container PortDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Announce Coordination on COVID-19 Testing GuidanceDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for October to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in NovemberDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Kent County added to Delaware’s spotted lanternfly quarantineDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Virtual Halloween Costume ContestDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Cleanup Operation Extends from Upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City, Md.Date Posted: October 28, 2020
OMB to Hold FY 2022 Online Budget Hearings November 9 -20Date Posted: October 28, 2020
Expanded eligibility and increased funding for hardest-hit industries now part of DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing RoadwaysDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Antes de las elecciones, la Fiscal General Jennings les recuerda a los votantes de sus derechos y responsabilidades.Date Posted: October 27, 2020
Ahead of Election Day, Attorney General Jennings reminds voters of rights and responsibilitiesDate Posted: October 27, 2020
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive YearDate Posted: October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 26, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Early Childhood Education UpdatesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
DOJ secures Manafort and Gates-connected entity dissolutionsDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled DebrisDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Compassionate Champion Award RecipientsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Attorney General Jennings’ statement on Purdue Pharma plea agreementDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Revenue Announces Decrease in HSCA RateDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – October 23, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Public Comment Open, Transcript and Presentation Available on Proposed Plastic Bag Ban RegulationsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Bay Coastline Intensifies Today With Additional Resources DeployedDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Deadline for Second Round of TIIF Grant Application ApproachingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall FishingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Unified Command, Incident Command Post Established for Oil Cleanup Efforts on Delaware ShoreDate Posted: October 21, 2020
COVID Alert DE Surpasses 50,000 Downloads of AppDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Health Care Relief Fund Date Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean Up Oil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern BeachesDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020Date Posted: October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Emergency Response Working to Control Oil Spill That Washed Ashore at Broadkill BeachDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Deadline Extended until October 25 for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardsDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Delaware Announces Grant Program for Contract Poultry Growers Impacted by COVID-19Date Posted: October 19, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 ElectionDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update Oct. 16, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: October 16, 2020
DSHA Celebrates Grand Opening of Splash Laundromat, Presents DDD Rebate CheckDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of DE Relief Small Business Program to $150MDate Posted: October 15, 2020
GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown TeenagerDate Posted: October 15, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro Partner for a Fraud Town HallDate Posted: October 14, 2020
“Civil War Band of Brothers” virtual program from The Old State House on Oct. 22, 2020Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Beebe Healthcare Partners with Lewes Public Library, Delaware Libraries to Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Red Clay’s Kimberly Stock named 2021 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Overdose Medication Distribution Planned For Smyrna WednesdayDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Gov. Carney: Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, DE NAACP Agreement Makes Significant Investment in DE SchoolsDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Update to Lower and Higher Authority Appeals DeadlinesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
October 13, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Delaware Cancer Mortality Rates Decrease Between 2002-2006 & 2012-2016; Improvements Among Specific Races, EthnicitiesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Learn about the History of Disability  in the Delaware Disability History and Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Kent/Sussex 911 restored for AT&T customersDate Posted: October 11, 2020
AT&T 911 cell outage in Kent & Sussex CountiesDate Posted: October 11, 2020
Nominations Open for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Oct. 18Date Posted: October 10, 2020
Weekly Update Oct. 9: New Daily COVID-19 Cases Remain Updated in DelawareDate Posted: October 9, 2020
Office of Highway Safety Launches Operation Crash Reduction & “New” ArriveAliveDE.comDate Posted: October 8, 2020
Laurel Woman Charged With Animal CrueltyDate Posted: October 8, 2020
Delaware Division of the Arts Welcomes Public Input on Strategic PlanDate Posted: October 8, 2020
Smokey visits St. Anne’s School for Fire Prevention WeekDate Posted: October 7, 2020
Delawareans Have More Options When Disposing of Unwanted MedicationsDate Posted: October 6, 2020
Dover man indicted on two felonies after flashing gun at political rallyDate Posted: October 6, 2020
NC City Police Department Earns State AccreditationDate Posted: October 6, 2020
October is Delaware Disability History and Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 6, 2020
October 6, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 6, 2020
FEMA Mitigation Grants Application Period OpenDate Posted: October 5, 2020
DOJ secures Cohen LLC revocationsDate Posted: October 5, 2020
First round of DE Relief Grants helping 741 businesses with $25.7 million in fundsDate Posted: October 5, 2020
DPH Releases Halloween Guidance for Delaware Communities, FamiliesDate Posted: October 2, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: New Daily Cases Remain Elevated this Week; Deaths, Hospitalizations Also IncreaseDate Posted: October 2, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of Emergency to Continue Fighting COVID-19Date Posted: October 2, 2020
Former Wilmington officer sentenced to one year of probation for Official MisconductDate Posted: October 2, 2020
State of Delaware Announces School Testing LocationsDate Posted: October 2, 2020
Video Explores Genetic Background of Eight White and Three Black People Who Lived in 1600s DelawareDate Posted: October 2, 2020
Flags to be lowered Sunday for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial DayDate Posted: October 2, 2020
COVID Alert DE App Expands Partnership to New York, New JerseyDate Posted: October 1, 2020
Extension Of The Delaware Contractor Registration ActDate Posted: October 1, 2020
DelDOT Calls Attention to Employee Injuries, High Number of Overall FatalitiesDate Posted: October 1, 2020
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested TuesdayDate Posted: October 1, 2020
Delaware Child Psychiatry Access Program Looks to Remove Barriers, Empower Primary Care ProvidersDate Posted: October 1, 2020
Nature, Science, and Fun Featured in Outdoor Delaware Magazine – Now OnlineDate Posted: October 1, 2020
Governor Carney, 11 Governors Release Joint Statement on Threats to American DemocracyDate Posted: September 30, 2020
[VIDEO] Governor Carney Receives Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee ReportDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Delaware Gets Approval to Extend Pandemic-EBT Benefits to Feed Children During COVID-19 EmergencyDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Announces Multistate Settlement Over 2014 Anthem Data BreachDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Delaware Integrates Prescription Monitoring Program Into Its Electronic Health Record SystemDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Join DTI For Cyber Security Awareness Month EventsDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Dental Coverage for Low-Income Adults in Delaware Begins Oct. 1Date Posted: September 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in OctoberDate Posted: September 30, 2020

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control | Featured Posts | Date Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Remaining Cleanup Operation Focuses on Delaware Bay and Delaware North Atlantic Ocean Beaches
Cleanup crews for the unified command have cleared oily debris and tar balls from a significant stretch of coastline from the southern side of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware to the Assateague Island State Park in Maryland. Beaches cleared include Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, the Assateague Island State Park, and part of Cape Henlopen State Park along the Atlantic Ocean.
The unified command under the U.S. Coast Guard, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Maryland Department of the Environment has stood down its on-site incident command post at the Slaughter Beach Memorial Volunteer Fire Company on Wednesday, after about two weeks of operations, and shifted to a remotely coordinated response.
The cleanup operations will go on, and also shift resources to more affected areas, as crews continue their process of validating beaches to be clear of oiled material and tar balls.
With Maryland beaches no longer affected, the MDE will step back from the unified command. The Coast Guard, MDE, and DNREC will continue to monitor cleared beaches and continue daily evaluations of areas previously impacted but cleared. Clean up crews may be dispatched to conduct remedial spot checks of areas as necessary.
“Our team came together to address an urgent threat to the environment, and though that threat isn’t over, we believe we have structures, procedures and relationships established to shift our cooperative efforts to manage clean up remotely,” said Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Pugh, U.S. Coast Guard Incident Commander. “We will continue to watch areas that have been impacted and will shift resources as necessary.”
After an oil spill, winds and waves tear the oil into smaller pieces that can be scattered many miles along the coastline. It mixes with water and is changed, known as “weathering,” and also mixes with sand and other marine debris. About 75 tons of oily debris has been removed by cleanup crews during this response.
“We got tons of oily debris and weathered oil off our beaches, but we’re not done yet,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Our experts continue to survey our coastline, assessing the cleanup operation, and as we move ahead, conducting final evaluations of our beaches to make sure the job is done.”
The cause of the oil spill remains under active investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard. If a source is identified, the responsible party would be required to reimburse the federal government for the cleanup operation.
As cleanup ends on individual beaches over the next several days, the public may still see small spots of oil or isolated bits of debris. The beach in Lewes remains temporarily closed, and beachgoers to other affected areas are strongly advised to stay out of the water and avoid walking along the wrack or high tide line.
The public is asked to continue reporting sizeable sightings of oiled debris, tar balls or oiled wildlife.
For reports concerning the Delaware coastline, call DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 800-662-8802. For reports concerning the Maryland coastline, call the Maryland Department of the Environment at 866-633-4686.
About DNRECThe 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. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contacts: Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov; Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov
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Related Topics:  assateague island state park, Bethany Beach, Cape Henlopen, cleanup, delaware bay, dnrec emergency response team, Fenwick Island, ocean city, oil spill, us coast guard

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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control | Featured Posts | Date Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Remaining Cleanup Operation Focuses on Delaware Bay and Delaware North Atlantic Ocean Beaches
Cleanup crews for the unified command have cleared oily debris and tar balls from a significant stretch of coastline from the southern side of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware to the Assateague Island State Park in Maryland. Beaches cleared include Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, the Assateague Island State Park, and part of Cape Henlopen State Park along the Atlantic Ocean.
The unified command under the U.S. Coast Guard, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Maryland Department of the Environment has stood down its on-site incident command post at the Slaughter Beach Memorial Volunteer Fire Company on Wednesday, after about two weeks of operations, and shifted to a remotely coordinated response.
The cleanup operations will go on, and also shift resources to more affected areas, as crews continue their process of validating beaches to be clear of oiled material and tar balls.
With Maryland beaches no longer affected, the MDE will step back from the unified command. The Coast Guard, MDE, and DNREC will continue to monitor cleared beaches and continue daily evaluations of areas previously impacted but cleared. Clean up crews may be dispatched to conduct remedial spot checks of areas as necessary.
“Our team came together to address an urgent threat to the environment, and though that threat isn’t over, we believe we have structures, procedures and relationships established to shift our cooperative efforts to manage clean up remotely,” said Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Pugh, U.S. Coast Guard Incident Commander. “We will continue to watch areas that have been impacted and will shift resources as necessary.”
After an oil spill, winds and waves tear the oil into smaller pieces that can be scattered many miles along the coastline. It mixes with water and is changed, known as “weathering,” and also mixes with sand and other marine debris. About 75 tons of oily debris has been removed by cleanup crews during this response.
“We got tons of oily debris and weathered oil off our beaches, but we’re not done yet,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Our experts continue to survey our coastline, assessing the cleanup operation, and as we move ahead, conducting final evaluations of our beaches to make sure the job is done.”
The cause of the oil spill remains under active investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard. If a source is identified, the responsible party would be required to reimburse the federal government for the cleanup operation.
As cleanup ends on individual beaches over the next several days, the public may still see small spots of oil or isolated bits of debris. The beach in Lewes remains temporarily closed, and beachgoers to other affected areas are strongly advised to stay out of the water and avoid walking along the wrack or high tide line.
The public is asked to continue reporting sizeable sightings of oiled debris, tar balls or oiled wildlife.
For reports concerning the Delaware coastline, call DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 800-662-8802. For reports concerning the Maryland coastline, call the Maryland Department of the Environment at 866-633-4686.
About DNRECThe 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. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contacts: Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov; Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov
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Related Topics:  assateague island state park, Bethany Beach, Cape Henlopen, cleanup, delaware bay, dnrec emergency response team, Fenwick Island, ocean city, oil spill, us coast guard

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
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