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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UD awarded FishAmerica Foundation grant to help restore American shad
02/07/2011 -

The Water Resources Agency (WRA), a unit of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), was awarded a $42,000 grant from the FishAmerica Foundation (FAF), part of the American Sportfishing Association, to supplement ongoing work to help restore American shad, hickory shad, and other anadromous fish to the National Wild and Scenic White Clay Creek near UD's Newark campus.

The FAF funds will be used for research, design, and investigative studies for the removal of Dam No. 1 at Delaware Race Track in Stanton, Del., seven miles downstream from the UD campus. Fish-abundance studies conducted by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) fisheries biologists last spring confirmed that this dam is indeed a barrier to migration and spawning of anadromous fish; up to 1,000 hickory shad were detected downstream from the dam and none upstream. (full article)

UD participates in Delaware Estuary Conference
02/04/2011 -

More than two dozen University of Delaware faculty, students and staff contributed to the Fourth Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, organized by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Cape May, N.J.

Held every two years, the conference provides a forum for educators, government representatives, resource managers, scientists, and students and to discuss the health and future of the Delaware River and Bay. This year's theme, “Connections -- Land to Sea, Shore to Shore, Science to Outreach,” was highlighted by more than 130 presentations. (Full article)

02/03/2011 -

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

Delaware’s own wildlife reality show returns with the 2011 debut of live Falcon Cam

WILMINGTON (Feb. 3, 2011) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced that the wildly popular Falcon Cam is back online for another season of real-life ornithological drama on the 19th floor of Wilmington’s Brandywine building. Sponsored by the DuPont Clear into the Future Program and the Delmarva Ornithological Society in partnership with the Buccini/Pollin Group, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, A Bright Idea, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and DNREC, the Falcon Cam made its debut in March 2010.

01/25/2011 -

The Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA), a newly formed coalition of industry, academia and government, will hold a Technology Platform Workshop at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute on Friday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The goal of the workshop is to identify and prioritize sustainable chemistry platforms that are capable of delivering future business growth for Delaware. Four initial areas of discussion will include water purification and re-use, chemistries from renewable raw materials, bioprocesses and catalysis. (full article)

Green Building Conference set for March 21-22
01/25/2011 -

Those who are concerned about the future of green building and economic development in Delaware should consider attending the inaugural “The Power of Green” building conference to be held March 21-22 at Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware's Laird Campus in Newark.

Hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Delaware (ABC Delaware), in partnership with the University of Delaware, the two-day conference highlights economic opportunities available in green building and design, as well as educational and economic programs available within the state.

“Sustainability is as much about building strong relationships as it is about building a healthier and more sustainable environment,” explains Jon Lavin, director of education for ABC Delaware. (full article)

Penguins, robots and satellites: New blog shares Antarctic research
01/24/2011 -

A new University of Delaware blog transports readers to penguin rookeries at the bottom of the globe, where a team of scientists is using underwater robots and satellites to understand where and how the birds feed.

Based in the West Antarctic Peninsula, the scientists fit selected penguins with satellite transmitters that allow them to map the penguins' tracks. Underwater vehicles then allow the scientists to examine the foraging habits of Adélie penguins, which are experiencing significant population declines.

The Antarctic team comprises UD's Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and researchers from Rutgers University, Polar Oceans Research Group, and California Polytechnic Stat University in San Luis Obispo.

01/20/2011 -

The Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE) will hold the second annual DAEE Conference, which is focused on “Environmental Education in a Changing Climate,” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Magnolia, Del.

Dennis Coker, chief of the Lenape Indian tribe of Delaware, will deliver the keynote address.

Lisa Tossey, marine outreach specialist in the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and Dorothy Abbott, renewable resources extension agent with UD Cooperative Extension, serve on the DAEE board of directors. (full article)

01/19/2011 -

Contact:  Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Water samples from wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed needed for groundwater quality study
SUSSEX COUNTY (Jan. 19, 2011) – Water samples from domestic wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed are needed for a groundwater quality study being completed by DNREC’s Division of Water. Property owners living in the Nanticoke River watershed, who are willing to have their well water sampled and tested, are encouraged to contact DNREC by Feb. 15.
The Nanticoke River Watershed is located on the western side of Delaware from Harrington, east to Georgetown and south to Delmar and includes lands that drain into the Nanticoke River. Attached is a map of the watershed.

Sparks details DENIN goals to retired UD faculty members
01/12/2011 -

Donald L. Sparks, director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), highlighted the institute's goals and current research initiatives during a meeting of the University of Delaware Association of Retired Faculty held last month at Clayton Hall.

Sparks, who is also the S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, said that DENIN's multi-disciplinary approach includes partnerships with government, nonprofits, industry and the business community.

“Our main goal is to enhance interactions between faculty in science, engineering and policy, and we are interested in facilitating the development of interdisciplinary academic programs,” Sparks said. “We also have been working very diligently to forge partnerships among government agencies and a number of nonprofits.” (full article)

Chapas named state EPSCoR director
01/11/2011 -

After a nationwide search, Richard B. Chapas has been appointed the next state project director for the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or Delaware EPSCoR.

He will succeed Steve Borleske, who has retired after more than eight years of service. Borleske had served as Delaware EPSCoR's state project director since 2002, when Delaware submitted its first successful multimillion-dollar Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant to the National Science Foundation. (full article)