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Study to quantify turbine impact on birds and bats
03/07/2011 -

The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine is the site of new research that will help answer a common question about the alternative energy producers: How do they affect birds and bats?

The two-year project, which will assess the mortality risk of birds and bats around the turbine, is led by UD Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology researchers Jeffrey Buler and Gregory Shriver. It is funded by First State Marine Wind, a partnership between UD-owned Blue Hen Wind and turbine manufacturer Gamesa. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) also committed funds to support the effort.

A complementary project at the wind turbine that focuses solely on bats is being conducted by an expert at Delaware State University and is funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. (full article)

02/24/2011 -


Contact:  Melanie H. Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902; and DHSS Division of Public Health at 302-744-4704.

Protecting water sources is goal of Delaware River Basin Forum March 10 in Newark

DOVER (Feb. 24, 2011) – The Delaware River Basin Drinking Water Protection Forum will be held March 10 at sites throughout the region, including Delaware’s location – the University of Delaware’s (UD) Trabant University Center in Newark. The free forum will electronically connect regional and local officials, planners, water suppliers and other stakeholders at eight satellite locations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

02/16/2011 -


Contact:  Melanie H. Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and Clean Water Advisory Council announce the next $16 million of clean water infrastructure projects benefiting Delaware communities

DOVER (Feb. 16, 2011) – Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara and the Clean Water Advisory Council have announced the next $16 million in water infrastructure projects through the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), bringing the number of ongoing projects to 41, totaling nearly $100 million. The loans will finance 16 new projects that will protect public health and the environment and are vital to the economic vitality of Delaware communities.

The CWSRF facilitates financing for construction projects for water infrastructure, such as treatment plants and upgrades to existing sewer systems. In addition, green projects - those that control flooding, reduce stormwater runoff and erosion and improve energy efficiency - are funded through the program.

Recyclemania 2011 is under way
02/11/2011 -

Recyclemania 2011, an eight-week competition among college campuses to help reduce waste, is now under way.

During last year's campaign, UD recycled 275,000 pounds of material. This year's goal is 300,000 pounds.

To reach that goal, the participation of everyone is needed. And it's easy to participate. Just dispose of recyclables properly on campus.

The following items can be recycled:

Cicin-Sain named laureate for Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy
02/11/2011 -

Biliana Cicin-Sain, professor and director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware, has been named the 2010 laureate by the jury for the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy.

The award has been given annually since 1998 by the International Council of Environmental Law and Pace University School of Law, which consider the most important diplomatic achievement in the field of environmental law and policy in the preceding year.

The jury cited Cicin-Sain's “outstanding contributions to the international efforts to preserve the world's oceans and the several international agreements related to them,” adding that, “This is especially important at a time when oceans and their fisheries are under such heavy stress from climate change, pollution, acidification, and unsustainable fishing practices.” (full article)

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.

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)

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)