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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

First invasive nutria population since 2002 confirmed in Delaware
01/18/2012 -

Following on a lead from an alert fur buyer, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services have confirmed the presence of an invasive nutria population on a pond near the town of Marydel, Delaware in the west central part of the state.

01/17/2012 -

Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Delaware Division of Energy and Climate offers tips to keep costs down while chasing away winter chills
DOVER (Jan. 17, 2012) – It’s mid-January in Delaware. You’re shivering in the grip of winter’s chill. You’d like to keep warmer, but that means using more power in your home and more gas in your car – and having less money in your pocket. To tip that balance in your favor, the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate offers the following tips to help you use less energy and save more money this winter – and in some cases, year-round.

Coffee and collaboration: DNREC leadership joins UD environmental faculty for lively EcoCafe discussion
01/13/2012 -

Leaders of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spent the morning of Dec. 14 getting to know one another better at the most recent EcoCafé workshop held at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark.

“EcoCafés” are breakfast meetings hosted by DENIN several times a year that are designed to increase communication and collaboration between University of Delaware researchers and DNREC personnel working on related environmental challenges.

01/13/2012 -

A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.

The research, led by Drew Shindell of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, finds that focusing on these measures could slow mean global warming 0.9 ºF (0.5ºC) by 2050, increase global crop yields by up to 135 million metric tons per season and prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. While all regions of the world would benefit, countries in Asia and the Middle East would see the biggest health and agricultural gains from emissions reductions.

Federal Government Releases Action Plan to Address Ocean Challenges
01/13/2012 -

To address the most pressing challenges facing ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, the federal government today released a National Ocean Policy action plan.

The draft requests comments on actions the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies on the National Ocean Council will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy and are essential to public health and national security.

Gulf of Mexico topography played key role in bacterial consumption of Deepwater Horizon spill
01/10/2012 -

Scientists document how geology, biology worked together after oil disaster

When scientist David Valentine and colleagues published results of a study in early 2011 reporting that bacterial blooms had consumed almost all the deepwater methane plumes after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill, some were skeptical. How, they asked the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) geochemist, could almost all the gas emitted disappear?

In new results published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Valentine; Igor Mezic, a mechanical engineer at UCSB; and coauthors report that they used an innovative computer model to demonstrate the respective roles of underwater topography, currents and bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico.

DENIN student initiative: DENIN establishes Student Programs Committee to help plan student-targeted environmental events
01/09/2012 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware has selected nine undergraduate and graduate students to serve on its Student Programs Committee, a team charged with facilitating student involvement in DENIN’s environmental mission.

The Student Programs Committee members will serve as ambassadors, representing DENIN at campus-wide events; a focus group, providing input to DENIN staff about what students are interested in and concerned about; and event planners, carrying out events for students that further the educational objectives of DENIN.

Bycatch-22: University scientists aiding fishermen in butterfish conundrum
01/09/2012 -

Butterfish may sound delicious, but local fishermen would rather keep them out of their nets. The small, silvery fish are protected by fishing limits yet frequently surface in tows when fishermen are trawling for squid. Too much of this unintended butterfish “bycatch” can get a fishery shut down by regulators for the year – before the squid allocation is caught.

The University of Delaware’s Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), is helping to address the problem. Combining satellite data with radar information on ocean currents, he and others are developing a model to predict where butterfish populations are most likely to be on any given day. Their habitat model could assist fishermen in avoiding butterfish while fishing for squid.

01/05/2012 -


For more information, contact Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902. Photos available.

Delaware awarded nearly $1 million federal grant to protect critical coastal wetlands in Delaware Bayshore

PORT PENN (Jan. 5, 2012) A key coastal wetland property, part of the Thousand Acre Marsh near Port Penn, will be conserved thanks to a $829,400 federal grant awarded to DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 2012 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The grant will be used, along with matching funds from the state Open Space Program and private contributions, to acquire a 194-acre property, bringing a total of 388 acres of the Thousand Acre Marsh under permanent protection. The conservation of the property protects and expands access to the globally significant wildlife habitat within the Delaware Bayshore and supports President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative by providing new recreational opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature.

Sustainability Conference: "Sustainability in Higher Education: The Next Frontier" at West Chester University
01/04/2012 -

Paul Morgan, one of the attendees of the DENIN-sponsored University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force Regional Sustainability Institute, encourages UD presence at West Chester University's "Sustainability in Higher Education: The Next Frontier" February 9-10.