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City of Rehoboth Beach

Delaware has given Rehoboth Beach final approval for a project to empty its treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.



Courtesy of National Aquarium

‘Phil’ the harbor seal is continuing his recovery at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, aquarium staff says.



The state’s Department of Health and Social Services announced upgrades to its addiction outreach campaign Tuesday.

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Two dozen red imported fire ants were found in a shipment of palm trees that arrived at a Sussex County nursery, and the state’s department of agriculture is working to exterminate the danger.



Care Predict

A new program in Milton is using GPS wrist watches to locate people with dementia who wander off.


Chris Bason / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays


Delaware’s shellfish farming program has seen a lot of changes since lawmakers approved its creation in 2013. And in December, the state took a major step toward finally launching the industry here this spring when it adopted a process to approve leases for areas available for farming.

Still, some people still felt their issues with the program hadn’t been fully heard.

A bill was recently introduced to ensure changes being made to Delaware’s shellfish farming program in Little Assawoman Bay to address nearby homeowner’s concerns are permanent. 

Pamela D'Angelo

The Chesapeake Bay's crab, oyster and bait industry has been losing its American workforce since the late 1980s, as the old hands retire and younger workers seek better paying jobs.

The packing houses turned to foreign, seasonal workers to fill the gaps, but the visa program Congress established for that, dubbed H2B, quickly reaches the 66,000 worker cap. And that’s forcing some seafood processing plants to shut down.

More Sussex County residents are embracing the superhero inside them, as many have downloaded a smartphone app that can help save lives.



Photo courtesy: DE Div. of Public Health

Temperatures in the First State are reaching the low 90s for this first time this year, starting this week, and Delaware's Division of Public Health says "don't forget to wear sunscreen."

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Three Delaware beaches are getting more sand to make up for erosion caused by past storms, Sen. Tom Carper (D) announced Monday.