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First State lawmakers have a new tool in working with local environmental groups to preserve the Delaware River Basin.


The recently passed Delaware River Basin Conservation Act creates a program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that allows the feds, state agencies and local groups to work together to develop a basin management plan.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Environmental groups in the First State are praising President Obama for denying all pending permits for an invasive oil exploration practice in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Del Tech is expanding its training curriculum with the help of a $3.5 million federal America's Promise grant from the US Department of Labor.

Searching for ghost pots in the Chesapeake

Jan 6, 2017

Every year, Chesapeake Bay watermen toss about 600,000 pots overboard to catch one of our favorite delicacies – the blue crab. But inevitably, some of those crab pots disappear. They become "ghost pots," killing millions of crabs and other marine species trapped inside.

It’s estimated there are about 145,000 ghost pots bay-wide. Some 58,000 are lost in Maryland and 87,000 in Virginia. Laid end to end, they'd stretch 53 miles. That’s from Havre de Grace to Tilghman Island in Maryland or from the mouth of the Potomac River to the mouth of the Bay in Virginia.

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The Dover campus of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was recognized for its efforts in environmental sustainability Wednesday.


The Richardson & Robbins Building at 89 Kings Hwy is the first state-owned building to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for maintaining and operating an existing building.

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Several Delaware State University students recently excelled in a statewide neuroscience competition.


The Delaware Neuroscience Symposium invited Delaware neuroscience researchers to present their work. 


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More Delawareans are realizing the importance of getting their children vaccinated, according to 2016 national health rankings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware saw its first case of the Zika virus in February of this year and the state ends 2016 with 17 confirmed cases and no known vaccine.

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Starting next year, Delaware’s Division of Energy and Climate will be offering more than $1,000 in rebates for anyone who purchases a bi-fuel vehicle.

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Exercising and eating healthy in the new year may not just be good ways to trim your waistline, they may also help fend off prediabetes.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three American adults (86 million) has prediabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. And 90 percent of those people don’t know they have prediabetes.