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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/13/2010 -


Oct. 12, 2010
Vol. 40, No. 348
Contact: Dawn Lawson, Division of Water Resources, 302-739-9941; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs Office, 302-739-9902.

The Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council (CWAC) will hold a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, Room 220, 555 South Bay Road, Dover.

Annual event shows how to 'Make the Most of Our Coast'
10/11/2010 -

Not even a rainy, gusty day could keep crowds from celebrating the University of Delaware's 34th annual Coast Day. The event, sponsored by UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, was held Sunday, Oct. 3.

“This is our opportunity to share what we do with you in a way that brings everything together in a single day,” CEOE Dean and Delaware Sea Grant Director Nancy Targett told visitors at the event's opening ceremony.

NOAA awards grant to study impacts of oxygen depletion, acidification in fish and oyster habitat
10/11/2010 -

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced it will award a five-year, $1.6 million grant to University of Delaware Prof. Timothy Targett and colleagues at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Louisiana State University (LSU).

The award, through NOAA's Coastal Hypoxia Research Program, will support research to predict the impact of daily cycles of hypoxia and pH in shallow estuarine waters on ecologically and economically important finfish and shellfish.

Delaware EPSCoR receives cyber-infrastructure improvement grant
10/08/2010 -

The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has been awarded a $1.18 million grant by the National Science Foundation through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding to upgrade the cyber-infrastructure linking higher education institutions throughout the state.

“The vision for this grant is that all of the Delaware EPSCoR partner institutions will have access to high-quality cyber-infrastructure and centralized informatics capabilities that support leading-edge research, education and outreach in the EPSCoR focus area of environmental science and biotechnology,” said Karl Steiner, senior associate provost for research development and professor of electrical and computer engineering at UD.

NSF grant supports Maryland-Delaware climate change education partnership
10/06/2010 -

The National Science Foundation has announced it will award $999,949 to the University of Delaware and its partners the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), and the University of Maryland to establish a climate change education partnership.

The Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment, and Research (MADE-CLEAR) program will build partnerships among the two states' research and teaching universities, public schools, federal agencies, and public and private sectors with the goal of increasing the adoption of educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. The initiative is one of 15 projects to receive NSF funding to build such coordinated networks.

CANR researchers promote native plants for suburban lawns
10/05/2010 -

University of Delaware entomologist Doug Tallamy has been conducting research studies on the interaction between native plant species and native wildlife since 2000. Author of Bringing Nature Home, which met with critical acclaim in The New York Times and other publications, Tallamy is well aware that most suburban homeowners plant few shrubs and trees, preferring instead vast expanses of grass.

But his latest research, conducted this summer with Jules Bruck, assistant professor of landscape design in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, amazed even him. The duo analyzed the composition of 65 suburban yards in New Castle County and Chester County, Pa. They discovered that, on average, homeowners dedicated 92 percent of landscapable areas to lawn.

Innovative solutions focus of Energy and Sustainability conference
09/30/2010 -

More than 350 faculty, staff, students and citizens turned out Sept 23-25 to hear diverse and innovative solutions to today's energy problems at the University of Delaware's annual student-run Energy and Sustainability 2010 conference.

Attendees to the program, held at both the Trabant University Center and Clayton Hall, enjoyed presentations from 27 speakers and 35 posters representing well over 26 organizations.

Conservation International expert continues DENIN Dialogue Series
09/30/2010 -

Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) of Conservation International, will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in Mitchell Hall.

The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus. Totten's presentation will be podcast on DENIN's iTunes U site following the lecture.

09/25/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 332
Contact: Stewart Lovell, DNREC Water Supply Section, 302-739-9945; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.                                
(DOVER , Sept. 24, 2010) –Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara is asking state residents to voluntarily conserve water due to the continued dry conditions that have persisted throughout Delaware. Precipitation levels throughout the state have been below normal for the past six months.

Charter School of Wilmington team takes second place at 2010 Canon Envirothon
09/24/2010 -

Students from the Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., took second place and received individual scholarships totaling $20,000 at the Canon Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental education competition, held in August at California State University in Fresno. A total of 500,000 teenagers participated in the competition, which began at the state and regional level and was progressively narrowed to the 270 teenagers who competed at the national level.