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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

12/08/2010 -

Sudarshan Dutta, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware, has been cited for his paper published in the Journal of Environmental Quality for research involving hormones in poultry litter.

Dutta's study was conducted on experimental plots receiving raw and pelletized poultry litter on the coastal plain agricultural soils in Middletown, Del., and from those plots he evaluated estrogen concentration in surface runoff.

Over a four-month period, Dutta performed sampling from 10 natural storms and, according to a Journal of Environmental Quality press release, “found that the amounts of estrogen were lower in plots fertilized with pelletized manure and plots that received no-tillage treatments.”

DENIN Dialogue speaker discusses economics, environment, 'global weirding'
12/03/2010 -

Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business of Conservation International, delivered the 2010 DENIN Dialogue lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Mitchell Hall, speaking on the topic “Water in an Uncertain Climate Future.”

The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus.

Totten said it is vital that economics and environmental awareness go hand in hand at this time in human history when there are vast numbers of poor people “alongside far more wealth than we've ever seen.”

11/30/2010 -

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIONMENTAL CONTROL

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

Delaware submits the final Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan to EPA  for cleaner streams and the Chesapeake Bay

DOVER (Nov. 30, 2010) – Delaware’s final long-range plan for reducing pollutants from entering local waterways that lie within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, meeting the EPA’s Nov. 29 deadline for Delaware’s final Phase I of the Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The plan was also posted on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s website, http://www.wr.dnrec.delaware.gov/Information/Pages/Chesapeake_WIP.aspx.

11/24/2010 -

NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
 
Vol. 40, No. 392
 
For more information, please contact Robert Newsome, Site Investigation and Restoration Branch, 302-395-2600, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
 
DNREC announces proposed plan of remedial action for Chrysler Newark assembly plant site
 
NEWARK (Nov. 24, 2010) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control today announced the proposed plan of remedial action for a portion of the Chrysler Newark Assembly Plant site, formerly an automaking and Army tank assembly plant. The site is currently owned by 1743 Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Delaware, which plans to redevelop it for furthering educational and technological opportunities.

Kirchman presents inaugural Alison lecture on microbes, oceans
11/24/2010 -

As a microbial ecologist, University of Delaware Prof. David Kirchman used to have the luxury of being left alone to do his work with no one bothering him.

Not any more.

With alarming increases in carbon in the Earth's atmosphere, scientists and policy makers across the globe are interested in his knowledge about the role of microbes in the carbon cycle and other bio-geochemical processes of the oceans.

Kirchman, the Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies, shared some research highlights from his 25-year career at UD during his Francis Alison Inaugural Lecture, “A Journey Into our Unseen World: Marine Microbes and Global Cycles,” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Roselle Center for the Arts.

DENIN hosts inaugural advisory board meeting
11/24/2010 -

In its first year, the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware has coordinated interdisciplinary research teams that have garnered two large federal grants worth $5.5 million and submitted four more; forged research, education and outreach partnerships with organizations ranging from DNREC to the Delaware Nature Society; and inaugurated the popular DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series that brings renowned speakers in environmental fields to the Newark campus.

These were among the numerous accomplishments that the institute's external advisory board heard about when members gathered for their inaugural meeting on Nov. 16-17 at Clayton Hall.

Conservation International expert continues DENIN Dialogue Series
11/23/2010 -

Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) of Conservation International, will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in Mitchell Hall.

The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus. Totten's presentation will be podcast on DENIN's iTunes U site following the lecture.

Totten will address the topic “Water in an Uncertain Climate Future.” Billions of people around the world are mired in poverty, are chronically ill, and lack adequate drinking water and basic sanitation services. Efforts to ensure water security now also contend with the impacts of climate change and the uncertainty in water flow and availability.

11/18/2010 -

NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
 
For more information, contact Tom Barthelmeh, Wetland Restoration Program, 302-739-9921, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
 
Wetland restoration project completed on Greenwood farm
 
GREENWOOD (Nov. 18, 2010) – Last fall, poultry producer Doug Vanderwende attended a presentation about nutrient management and wetland restoration projects, prompting him to contact DNREC’s Drainage Program about a wetland project on his Greenwood farm. He provided a sketch that served as the basis for the project that was constructed last summer by the Sussex Conservation District and DNREC Drainage staff.

11/18/2010 -

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
 
For more information, contact: John Parker, DNREC Emergency Prevention and Response Branch, 302-739-9405, or
Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

NOTE: Please see TRI Fact Sheet that follows this press release.

Vol. 40, No. 387

Annual state TRI data and reports show decreases in emissions; companies' anti-pollution efforts, economic conditions are factors
Trend continues downward in Delaware since data first reported in 1998

DOVER (Nov. 18, 2010) – The annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data and reports for 2009 from Delaware’s industrial facilities as compiled by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control show a significant decrease in reported emissions over 2008 and continued trend in reduction since 1998 – a baseline year when TRI reporting requirements expanded significantly and more facilities began reporting to the program.

11/15/2010 -

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
For more information, contact: Robert Newsome, Site Investigation and Restoration Branch, 302-395-2600, or
Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DNREC, other state and federal agencies to receive $27.5 million to restore Delaware River from 2004 Athos I oil spill impacts

DOVER (Nov. 15, 2010) – State and federal natural resource agencies including Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have reached a settlement of $27.5 million for ecological restoration of the Delaware River following an oil spill six years ago from the tanker Athos I. DNREC, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey will collectively receive the funds from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) to implement 10 restoration projects, including three in Delaware.