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Seining the Bay programs planned at state parks

Delaware Seashore State Park will be holding a hands-on program for visitors next week, to allow them to discover what’s living in the waters of Rehoboth and Little Assawoman bays. Using seining nets, participants and park staff will venture into the calm and shallow bay water to catch and identify creatures.

Report: Delaware named a top state for solar energy

Delaware is among the states leading the nation in solar energy — ranked 7th per capita for cumulative solar installations and 5th per capita for solar installations in 2012 — according to the report, Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, released this week by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

Good Earth grows into Rehoboth area

Green is growing, and now those in the Rehoboth Beach area can enjoy the selection of natural and organic goodies already available at Clarksville’s Good Earth Market & Organic Farm at a second location, Good Earth Market near Rehoboth Beach.

Aquaculture legislation passed, now headed to DNREC

Last week, the Delaware Senate unanimously passed House Bill 16, to allow commercial shellfish aqua-farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays, and which is believed may also lead to cleaner, healthier waters.

Tansey Warner’s Fitz awarded NAR’s Green designation

Carolyn Fitz, a Realtor with Tansey-Warner, has been awarded the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR’s) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by the NAR.

Coastal Kayak to hold wetland cleanup to honor Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Coastal Kayak will be holding a Wetland Cleanup event on Sunday, April 21.

Delaware’s farmers’ market season soon to begin

New markets join in Bellefonte, Dover

The Delaware farmers’ market season launches this month, featuring new markets in Dover and Bellefonte, with farmers and markets fresh off a record-setting sales season of nearly $2 million last year.

CIB approves aquaculture planning report, launches initiative

One year after creating the Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Tiger Team and naming E.J. Chalabala, restoration coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), to lead it, the CIB Board of Directors approved the final report from the team at their meeting on March 22.

Local man finds nutrient-reduction method in native water plant

After a successful field test monitored by environmental faculty from the University of Delaware, local agribusinessman David O. Rickards said he believes he has developed an environmentally friendly system to improve the health of the Inland Bays.

Christmas tree recycling offered by state through Jan. 26

Delawareans are being encouraged to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by delivering their Christmas trees to one of many yard-waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Many of the facilities will accept the trees for free, but Christmas trees are no longer being accepted for recycling at any Delaware State Park locations.

Historic farm market to host holiday open house Dec. 1

It’s no secret that T.S. Smith & Sons likes to celebrate the seasons, and the holidays are no exception. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the farm market will be the most festive place around, as it is transformed into a one-stop shopping experience for gifts with local appeal. And, of course, there will be fun for kids of all ages and food, too!

HLFM offers farmers scholarships for sustainable ag conferecnes

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market announced this week its scholarship program for 2013 to provide educational opportunities for Delmarva farmers wishing to learn sustainable agriculture techniques and methods.

Viridian Energy expands into Delaware, D.C.

Viridian Energy this week announced it will launch its newest markets, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. For the past several months, Viridian Energy has conducted a series of pre-launch training and sustainability events in the area, gaining momentum and preparing for the launch of service. By expanding into Washington, D.C., and Delaware, Viridian now serves eight states and Washington D.C.

CIB board approves update of plan for cleaning up the bays

The Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) approved the 2012 Addendum to the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) at their quarterly meeting on Sept. 28.

Delmarva Power offers appliance recycling program

As parents across Maryland ease into life as empty nesters, they can also ease up on household energy costs by having an extra refrigerator or freezer picked up for recycling, according to Delmarva Power representatives.

Seining the Bay program offered at Delaware Seashore park

Ever wonder what’s swimming below the surface in a beautiful salt-water bay? Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting the public to participate in a hands-on program using seine nets to discover the near-shore marine life that inhabits Rehoboth Bay.

Delaware among worst states for air pollution from power plants

Delaware ranks 20th among the worst states in the nation when it comes to exposing residents to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, according to an analysis released this week in Delaware by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC-compiled data showed:

Delaware launches pilot EBT program at farmers' markets

Clients of Delaware’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program can now purchase farm-fresh vegetables, fruit and other items for their families by using their benefit cards at several state farmers’ markets, opening up new opportunities for healthy food purchases.

Lady Indians' basketball star Destiny Blake commits to Del Tech

Last week, senior basketball standout Destiny Blake signed her letter of intent to play this fall at Delaware Tech. In the winter season, Blake became just the fourth female basketball player at Indian River to reach the 1,000-point milestone as a Lady Indian, and the first to do so since 1998.

The Farm open to the public in Georgetown

The Organic Farm of Delaware Inc. of Georgetown, also known as “The Farm,” has been providing Delmarva with local certified organic food products for seven years through local retail outlets, but they announced this week that the farm is now open for retail business.

3rd Annual Shredding Event to be held Saturday

The 3rd Annual Shredding Event will take place on Saturday, April 28, in the parking lot of Banks Wines & Spirits. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and organizers encourage visitors to bring canned food donations for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Bethany Beach Nature Center Earth Day celebration

The Bethany Beach Nature Center is holding its first Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the nature center at 807 Garfield Parkway (Route 26).

The Bethany Beach Nature Center Club (BBNCC) has been planning this event under the guidance of Lisa Daisey and Karen Knight since early winter at their after-school meetings every Friday at the Nature Center.

Cooperative launches LED Poultry Light Grant Program

Poultry farmers will soon receive a helping hand from Delaware Electric Cooperative. The co-op is launching its LED Poultry Lighting Grant Program to help farmers convert incandescent and CFL poultry lights to energy-efficient LED lights.

Well-water everywhere, but is it safe?

People who live in a municipality or on an otherwise organized public water system area enjoy some protections against anything harmful being in their water. Tests are done regularly and reports have to go out, and a level of protection is offered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets the standards for safe drinking water using the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Proposed fed budget eliminates beach water-quality grants

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Jan. 31 that it would provide nearly $9.8 million in funding for beach monitoring to 38 states, territories and tribes – with $210,000 to go to Delaware in 2012 – the President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget specifically eliminates $10 million for those same grants.

Aquaponics entrepreneur finds food for growth at Sussex resource cluster

Southern Delaware can see the benefit when a dynamic entrepreneur has an advanced idea that fits well into the region’s existing strengths. And Pennsylvanian Robert Weening has exactly that beneficial combination in mind, pairing innovative science with agricultural production.

AWEA backs Offshore Wind Investment Tax Credit extension

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently highlighted support from a key stakeholder group for the long-term extension of investment tax credits for offshore wind, underscoring what he said is building momentum for crucial financial incentives to build offshore wind energy in the nation.

CSA registration a tasty membership

With a mild winter almost behind us, and spring – whatever that may look like weather-wise –mere weeks away, it’s hard not to think about the fresh fruits and veggies that are once again going to be available in the warmer months. And while some greens – including broccoli, spinach and arugula – are available now, the upcoming warmer seasons offer months and months of locally grown vegetables, berries, peaches and more. And what better way to enjoy those locally grown feasts than by joining a CSA and picking them up fresh each week?

County wins battle over DNREC over PCS regs

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware this week affirmed the March 2011 decision of the Delaware Superior Court that ruled in favor of Sussex County in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), over the agency’s authority to impose its Pollution Control Strategy.

Award-winning Millsboro water treatment plant to green the grass and the environment

One day in the very near future, Millsboro Public Works Director Kenny Niblett will attend a baseball game at the local Little League Park, possessing intimate details of how the grass is kept so green and so lush at his town’s very own “field of dreams.”

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