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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

06/12/2013 -

Delaware officials are reviewing their decision to allow the Delaware City Refinery to build a massive crude-by-rail yard outside its Coastal Zone boundary, and have agreed to pay an expert private lawyer $325 an hour toassist the state as threats of permit challenges loom.

UDaily: UD-based environmental monitoring system helped track storm conditions during local tornado
06/12/2013 -

The tornado that downed trees and damaged homes in Newark on Monday evening, June 10, was uncommon but not unprecedented, according to Delaware State Climatologist Daniel Leathers, who is also a professor of geography in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

UDaily: UD class displays "Who's Downstream?" project at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts
06/06/2013 -

When students in an interdisciplinary class at the University of Delaware set up a “Who’s Downstream” exhibit at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), they wanted to show the path that stormwater takes through urban and industrial areas -- specifically how the Brandywine River flows through the city of Wilmington -- and also find out what the city’s residents know about their drinking water and how concerned they are about its quality.

06/03/2013 -

It seemed like an easy task: figure out the chemical that makes horseshoe crabs such a desirable attractant to catch conch and eel.

“Mother Nature was unwilling to give up her secrets easily,” said Ann Masse, global safety, health and environmental strategy leader with DuPont Co.

She is not the only one trying to unlock nature’s secret about the marine arthropod that dwells in and around shallow ocean waters.

“We looked at eggs, females, males, different baits, different presentations. I think I have a shelf full of notebooks,” said Nancy Targett, dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment.

UDaily: New research on white perch has implications for consumption advisories
05/30/2013 -

White perch are a popular catch in the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, but contaminants can make the fish unsafe to eat. Officials advise against eating white perch caught north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and limiting consumption of those from south of the canal. The trouble is, the fish can swim through that border.

UDaily: New artificial bait could reduce number of horseshoe crabs used to catch eel, whelk
05/30/2013 -

A new alternative bait product that will help reduce the number of horseshoe crabs harvested from the Delaware Bay has been introduced. A team of University of Delaware researchers led by Nancy Targett, DuPont scientists, fisheries biologists, watermen and conservation groups were joined by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara to make the announcement on Wednesday morning, May 29, at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

UDaily: Tallamy receives Garden Club of America honor for conservation education
05/28/2013 -

Doug Tallamy, chair of the University of Delaware’s Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, was recently awarded with the Garden Club of America’s Margaret Douglas Medal for notable service to the cause of conservation education. Tallamy, a proponent of the use of native plants in gardening, received the medal during an award reception held earlier this month in Philadelphia.

UDaily: NSF awards $20 million to statewide EPSCoR consortium
05/24/2013 -

The National Science Foundation and Delaware’s congressional delegation announced Thursday that the Delaware EPSCoR program has been awarded a new five-year, $20-million Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant.

EPSCoR, which stands for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a congressionally mandated federal program to help states develop their research initiatives and institutions. In Delaware, the program focuses on enhancing environmental science, engineering, social science and policy research in support of the state’s goal of achieving a sustainable environment and a prosperous economy.

05/24/2013 -

What’s left on plates at some Rehoboth area restaurants is finding new life, helping grow food that could wind up on that very same plate.

State officials Monday touted the initial efforts of REPLENISH, a recycling project developed by Delmarva Wellnet Foundation’s EDEN Delmarva program. REPLENISH takes restaurant food waste ranging from fruits and vegetables to coffee grinds and filters, as well as other compostable materials, and turns them into nutrient-rich compost. That compost, produced by Blue Hen Organics, is then made available to area farmers who sell their produce to the area restaurants.

UDaily:  New technology holds potential for monitoring ecosystem, human health
05/24/2013 -

University of Delaware researchers are developing sensors that they hope will allow real-time, in situ detection of water and air pollutants in an inexpensive and environmentally friendly manner.

Juejun Hu and Chaoying Ni of UD’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering are creating small, highly sensitive devices that will detect organic, inorganic and biological molecular species at low levels in the environment. The team is funded by a seed grant from the National Science Foundation’s Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). 

“We’re making nanostructures to detect chemical molecules in a very sensitive manner,” said Hu, an assistant professor who is the lead researcher on the project.