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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/09/2015 -

Sea-level rise, dissipating dunes and susceptibility to storm surges are a few of the factors that contribute to a vulnerable coast. A coast at risk means an increased potential for damage to coastal communities and ecosystems in the event of tropical systems, nor'easters or other damaging weather. More than 40 experts representing state and federal agencies and regional universities gathered to discuss these and other important issues during the Coastal Flood Research, Modeling and Monitoring Workshop on Sept. 16.

10/09/2015 -

A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware's stormwater and erosion-control regulations, in a court decision that the winning parties predicted would become a major precedent for public rights to review and challenge government rule-making. In ruling against the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Judge T. Henley Graves said the agency provided "illogical" justifications for failing to include a large amount of technical but critical details on the regulations in a public notice. He also said the agency wrongly disputed the standing of those who sued.

10/09/2015 -

From the air, the Atlantic Ocean looked "like chocolate milk" on Wednesday, three days after a storm pounded the region's coastline, said Art Trembanis, an associate professor at the University of Delaware College of Earth Ocean and Environment. At Broadkill Beach, the weather system erased some of the beachfront created as part of a $69 million project to pump Delaware River sand onto the shoreline.

UDaily: Brazilian activist, legislator and statesman to speak at Mitchell Hall in DENIN Dailogue
10/06/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host Brazilian activist, legislator and statesman Fabio Feldmann as part of its DENIN Dialogue speaker series on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4–5:30 p.m. Feldmann has devoted his life to protecting and improving the environmental sustainability of his native Brazil, a goal he has relentlessly pursued in every possible arena, from business to politics to nonprofit advocacy organizations.

10/06/2015 -

Delaware and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic headed back into more typical October weather as high water slowly drained from repeatedly flooded areas along the Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay. It exposed massive beach loss in some areas and raised fears that replenishment won't come until 2017.

10/05/2015 -


Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Gov. Markell announces launch of Environmental Literacy Plan

ELP a key part of the Children in Nature Initiative


DOVER (Oct. 5, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell announced today the completion of the Delaware Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP), a major component of his Children in Nature Initiative. The announcement coincides with the month of October, which he designated in 2010 as Children in Nature Month.

UDaily: Second annual UD water symposium focuses on science, policy
10/03/2015 -

University of Delaware students and faculty, as well as professionals from industry, government and non-profit organizations, gathered in the Townsend Hall Commons on Friday, Sept. 25, as part of the second annual Water Science and Policy Symposium. Donald Boesch, professor of marine science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, served as the plenary speaker for the event and addressed his experiences with a talk titled “Science and Policy in the Chesapeake Bay: The Long-Haul and the Tight Crunch.”

UDaily: Two events scheduled to celebrate the University's work toward sustainability
10/03/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Campus Sustainability Day Working Group of the Sustainability Task Force has announced the schedule of events for Campus Sustainability Day 2015 on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

UDaily: Environmental engineering faculty study novel approach to stormwater management
10/01/2015 -

When stormwater runs off impervious surfaces like pavements and roofs, it bypasses nature’s filtering system and moves rapidly through storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches into creeks and rivers, carrying with it pollutants such as nutrients, heavy metals and bacteria.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been promoting the use of “green infrastructure” to manage and reduce stormwater pollutants, but the design, installation and maintenance of this type of infrastructure is expensive.

UDaily: UD professor, graduate look at effects of non-native plants on herbivores
09/29/2015 -

Not only do native plants do a better job of hosting and supporting local insect communities than their non-native counterparts, but a University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants are compounding the problem of declining species diversity by supporting fewer herbivores across landscapes. The research was conducted by UD alumna Karin Burghardt and Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology in the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and published in a recent issue of Ecology Letters.