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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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.

05/19/2013 -

More than 800 acres of valuable coastal lands in the Delaware Bayshore, will be conserved and protected thanks to a federal grant awarded to DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetlands Conservation Act award of $1 million will be used, along with matching funds from the state Open Space Program, conservation partners and private contributors, to acquire property along the Bayshore in Kent County. Nearly ten conservation partners have pledged matching funds that helped to make the grant award possible.

05/19/2013 -

During the next three weeks, weather permitting, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will be treating six downstate ponds for aquatic nuisance weeds that, left unchecked, can choke the waters, crowd out beneficial plant species, and prevent fishing and boating access. The ponds to be treated are: Abbotts Pond and Tub Mill Pond near Milford; Millsboro Pond; Horseys Pond and Tussock Pond near Laurel; and Concord Pond near Seaford.

05/17/2013 -

Students from the University of Delaware interested in sustainable development and agriculture are encouraged to apply for the second session of the Consortium for Sustainability beginning June 23 at Costa Rica’s EARTH University. The event involves a consortium of universities including the University of Florida, Michigan State University and Penn State University, among others, that will send faculty and students to study in Costa Rica for two four-week sessions. Mark Rieger, dean of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, spearheaded the consortium when he served as associate dean and professor in the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

05/16/2013 -

A popular program aimed at helping residents make their homes more energy efficient would restart under a plan Sustainable Energy Utility is considering. But the Home Performance with Energy Star program would restart with substantially less funding than it did two summers ago, and with likely smaller incentives. The SEU, the state-created, not-for-profit organization tasked with energy efficiency, recently issued a request for qualifications for contractors to run the program, and received five answers, said Tony DePrima, the SEU’s executive director.

June 6-9: Garden symposium to feature prominent speakers, garden tours
05/16/2013 -

Everyone who appreciates the beauty of nature and gardens — from backyard enthusiasts to art historians — will find something to learn and enjoy at the "Earth Perfect?" symposium, being held June 6-9 at locations at and near the University of Delaware.