Going Green!

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.”

Holistic Health Fair returning to Cape Henlopen next March

The Holistic Health Fair will return to the Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and visitors alike are invited to come and discover local resources that support and enhance health and vitality, and green infrastructure at the 18th annual Holistic Health Fair.

The Dirt -- Color my winter

I dread the end of the gardening season each year. The thought of months of gray drabness is so depressing. No flowers? Bare trees? What’s a gardener to do? Well, plenty, actually.

Reminder: Leaf-burning prohibited statewide to protect public health

With autumn leaves beginning to fall, DNREC’s Division of Air Quality is reminding residents that burning leaves is prohibited statewide. The leaf-burning ban, in effect since February 1995, is important to protect people from harmful chemicals that are produced by open burning, officials said.

Millsboro study to look at origins of cancer cluster near plant

In a chemical-laden world – from the cosmetics women wear and the chemicals in dry cleaning to the more obvious pollutants, such as smoke stacks and cigarettes – it is easy to get exposed to something dangerous. What’s not as easy is knowing if and/or when that something could lead to serious and lasting side-effects, or even disease.

DNREC cleaning up former gas station site west of Millville

Activity on a parcel of land just east of the intersection of Routes 17 and 26, across from Hocker’s SuperCenter, has been drawing curious glances and questions from passersby in recent weeks.

Offshore wind industry topic of discussion

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently attended a meeting hosted by Carper to discuss the future of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. with key stakeholders from state and local governments, as well as members of the private sector.

UD garners $1M in funding for energy efficiency training

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently announced a total of $1 million in Department of Energy (DOE) funding to help train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students at the University of Delaware in manufacturing efficiency.

Polluters face tougher penalty under new law

Legislation enhancing financial penalties for polluters who repeatedly break Delaware’s environmental protection statutes has become law, Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week.

Carper introduces bill to encourage offshore wind energy

Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) recently introduced legislation to provide financial incentives for investment in offshore wind energy. Joining Carper and Snowe as cosponsors were Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Report describes water pollution caused by poultry production

Broiler chickens are produced by the millions in industrial facilities concentrated in just a handful of states, and much of the waste they produce ends up polluting the nation’s waterways. These are just two issues highlighted in a new report released this week by the Pew Environment Group.

Reports suggest DuPont herbicide may damage trees

DuPont Professional Products has issued a warning to professional landscapers via their Web site to not use Imprelis, a DuPont-manufactured herbicide, near Norway spruce and white pine trees, amid concern from landscape professionals that the herbicide may damage the trees. The U.S.