Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science Reporter/Fill-In Host

Katie Peikes came to Delaware from Logan, Utah, where she worked as a municipal government reporter for a newspaper while simultaneously serving as a correspondent for Utah Public Radio covering science, technology, transportation and features.

Originally from Connecticut, she has contributed as an intern to other member stations including WNPR in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She even had a brief stint writing technology news for a magazine in Ireland.

When she's not in the office, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing or kayaking at one of Delaware's state parks.

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Courtesy of NOAA

A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists says thousands of Delaware residents and their properties will be more prone to flooding aggravated by sea level rise by 2045.

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South Bethany residents and a local environmental group started installing floating wetlands along many of South Bethany’s canals Tuesday, hopeful they’ll improve water quality that has historically suffered from high levels of nutrients.

Courtesy of Beebe Health

Beebe Healthcare expects to break ground on a new facility in Millville later this year, bringing services to the South Coastal area that some residents say they’ve been waiting for.

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Christiana Care has been talking with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about developing a gene editing tool called CRISPR to assist in lung cancer treatments. One question they’ll face in the future is if insurance companies will pick up the cost.


Courtesy of City of Rehoboth Beach

The Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall went live at the end of May. It’s now discharging treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.

The city has been working on this project for a number of years after being mandated to stop discharging into the Lewes Rehoboth Canal. But the environmental opposition to this project remains, raising the question “what sort of oversight does the outfall need going forward?”

City of Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach’s controversial ocean outfall recently started discharging treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean. But it’s not the first outfall operating in Sussex County. Another has been operational for more than 30 years.


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Lawyers for some Millsboro residents planning to sue Mountaire Farms are moving to intervene in a settlement between Delaware and the poultry producer addressing wastewater violations.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

About a hundred environmentalists and members of the public gathered outside of Legislative Hall on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to fund clean water improvements across Delaware.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to deny a handful of petitions submitted by Delaware in 2016 regarding harmful emissions from upwind state power plants.


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State environmental officials have filed a complaint against Mountaire Farms in state Superior Court regarding 2017 wastewater violations, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Monday.