Volunteers Needed for St. Jones River Watershed Stream Assessment — Have you ever looked at the water in Silver Lake or in a nearby stream in the Dover area and wondered how polluted it was, or why it looked that way? Would you like to know how to help improve the health of the river and its tributaries?
Volunteers Needed for Broadkill River Watershed Stream Assessment —Have you ever wondered why the ponds in Milton are choked with aquatic weeds in summer or if the fish in the Broadkill River, ponds or tributary streams are safe to eat? Would you like to know how to help improve the health of the Broadkill River and its ponds and streams?.
Rain Gardens and Back Yards — Having a backyard can be more than just cutting grass; it can be an innovative way to help keep local water bodies clean and also create habitats for local wildlife. By applying some creativity and not being afraid to get your hands dirty all of this is possible.
Storm Drain Marking in Milton — On Saturday, September 8th, more than 15 volunteers gathered in Milton, Delaware, to install attractive medallions stating, “No Dumping, Drains to River” on all storm drains within the town. This project aimed to increase awareness about stormwater pollution and remind visitors, residents, and local business owners that what goes down the storm drain ends up in the Broadkill River and ultimately in the Delaware Bay..
State Extends Horseshoe Crab Protections Through 2008 — Residents of Broadkill Beach may have noticed horseshoe crabs washing up on the shore. But there’s no cause for alarm. These are not dead horseshoe crabs, but are simply the discarded shells of molting crabs.
DNREC Offers Ways to Report Drainage Problems in Sussex — It's storming outside, and water is backing up in the street and onto your property. Who do you call? DNREC has a new system for reporting the problem and get help on the way.
Drainage and Stormwater Assistance Line Debuts — Each year thousands of Delawareans express concerns about drainage and stormwater. People often don't know who to contact when they see a problem. Several state and local agencies and programs including the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), the county Conservation Districts and local public works agencies are responsible for working to resolve drainage and flooding related problems.
Tributary Action Team Updates
St. Jones TAT in Action — The St. Jones Tributary Action Team has submitted its PCS to DNREC Secretary Hughes' office, and is now participating in projects to further assess streams throughout the watershed and improve water quality.
Upper Chesapeake TAT in Action — The Upper Chesapeake Tributary Action Team began meeting in April, 2006, and is now refining its recommendations with a goal of drafting its PCS for release in early 2008
Christina Basin Tributary Action Team to Celebrate — The Christina Basin Tributary Action Team has completed its PCS, and has set a signing ceremony for November 5 in Wilmington.
Appoquinimink River Association — The Appoquinimink River Association has been busy implementing the recommendations of the Appoquinimink Pollution Control Strategy. The group is educating residents, students and government officials about what they can do to decrease the amounts of nutrient and bacteria entering the waters of the Appoquinimink River. The ARA has also been implementing on-the-ground pollution-reducing projects, including building rain gardens, restoring streams and riparian buffers, and conducting open space reforestation.