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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

09/15/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 318
For more information, please contact Bill Miller, Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, 302-739-9403, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

09/09/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), the University of Delaware's interdisciplinary environmental science, engineering and policy research institute, will host a number of free seminars for the UD community and the general public this fall.

DENIN's fall seminar series includes experts from around the country in the general area of environmental geochemistry. All seminars take place at 1 p.m. in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Room 102, unless otherwise noted. A podcast of each talk will be available on iTunes U following the presentation.

09/08/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 311
Contact:  Dr. Robert Scarborough, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) research coordinator, 302-739-3436; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Medallions mark environmentally sensitive catch basins
09/08/2010 -

While taking a stroll through the University of Delaware, you may have come across one of hundreds -- 844, in fact -- of small metal medallions located on the numerous catch basins on campus and wondered what they are doing there.

Andrew Homsey, an associate policy scientist at the UD Institute for Public Administration's Water Resources Agency (WRA), said the medallions, which are purchased through the Department of Environmental Health and Safety's (EHS) stormwater program, serve as a way to track the locations of all of the catch basins in the area, as there were previously issues with accuracy as to where they were. The purchase of the medallions was made in order to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

09/07/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 307
For more information, contact Bonnie Arvay, Delaware Coastal Programs, 302-739-9283, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Grad student wins prestigious EPA fellowship
09/03/2010 -

Camille Jones, a second-year master's student in plant and soil sciences, has been awarded a prestigious STAR Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The STAR (Science to Achieve Results) fellowship program is the only federally funded, nationally competitive graduate fellowship focusing specifically on environmental research. It is designed to support excellent research that advances protection of human health and the environment and to encourage promising and committed students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers that will serve the future needs of the country as environmental professionals in academia and business.

Researchers study declining bobwhite quail populations
09/03/2010 -

With populations of bobwhite quail declining drastically across the country, Chris Williams, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, is turning his attention to saving grasslands and 'edge habitats' -- unkempt, overgrown areas often found on the edges of fields. Both are disappearing due to suburban development and increased efficiency in farming, Williams says.

“The farms themselves have switched so much from this small family farm to this extreme commercialized, 'clean' agriculture, farming every inch of the field you can possibly get,” Williams says. “The habitat is disappearing fast. We have to be very careful about how much land we're losing and converting away from these edge habitats.”

09/01/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Vol. 40, No. 303
Contact: Jennifer Volk, Division of Water, 302-739-9939; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Public comments requested by Oct. 30; educational meetings offered to organizations

Faculty, students work with UN to study sustainable watershed management
09/01/2010 -

Providing safe, nutritious food for growing world populations can take its toll on natural resources, especially in developing countries.

Led by Shreeram Inamdar, associate professor of bioresources engineering, three faculty members and four students in UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) are using the U.S. and India to look at ways in which sustainable management practices can help boost agricultural production with the environment in mind.

Over the summer, the team embarked on a 10-day study visit to India as part of a project funded by the International Science and Education program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

New satellite receiving stations provide real-time environmental data
08/17/2010 -

It's a process that begins 22,000 miles above our heads -- satellites collect information about our planet and transmit it back to Earth.

Thanks to two satellite receiving stations installed last month on the Newark campus, University of Delaware researchers will be among the few who can access that data as it streams in from space.

The equipment, located on the roof of the Willard Hall Education Building, benefits faculty and others who study changes in the mid-Atlantic environment. It will support a wide range of research projects, including ones that monitor coastal flooding; observe coastal waters for harmful algal blooms, which can deprive waters of oxygen; and track changes in ocean circulation that could be related to climate change.