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Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

This story was originally published Sept. 14, 2018.


New Castle County has finished surveying residents of two communities along Route 9 about environmental conditions in their neighborhoods— and whether they might ultimately want to relocate, if given the opportunity.

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Four years after Hurricane Sandy hit the Delaware Bayshore in 2012, federal officials completed a $38 million project restoring Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Scientists expected the restored Fowler Beach area of the refuge to attract spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds that feed off their eggs.

What they didn’t expect to see – state endangered, regionally threatened piping plovers making the area their home.

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A bill banning lead paint on outdoor structures passed the state Senate with unanimous support Wednesday and is headed to the governor’s desk.

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Twenty dolphins have washed ashore on Delaware beaches so far this year, raising a red flag for an environmental group.

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Long considered the most beneficial way to dispose of dead chickens, composting has become a management tool of the past for some Delmarva poultry farmers.

Some local growers have shifted to a more environmental practice – freezer technology.

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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.

Delaware Sierra Club

The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing cleanup efforts at a contaminated New Castle industrial waste landfill site, now designating the site as needing more immediate efforts.


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Yard waste sites around the state are accepting used Christmas trees now through Jan. 28.

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A group of University of Delaware students are trying to encourage businesses in Lewes’ historic district to hand out plastic bags to customers less often.



City of Rehoboth Beach

The City of Rehoboth Beach is a couple of months into construction of a pipeline that will discharge city and Sussex County treated wastewater into the ocean.