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Water quality

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Elisia Downing has been a resident of Ellendale for only a few months but she’s already familiar with the challenges of living without clean water from the taps in the home she shares with her daughter.

Contamination by toxic PFAS chemicals in ground water at Dover Air Force Base was dramatically higher than federal health limits recommended this year, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Delaware researchers are getting more federal funding to develop recommendations to address the state’s climate challenges.

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UPDATE: The advisory was lifted at 3 p.m. on May 24. 


State environmental officials have issued a recreational water advisory for Slaughter Beach after tests revealed high amounts of bacteria in the water.


Katie Young / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

In less than a month, the City of Rehoboth Beach will start discharging treated wastewater through an outfall pipe into the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Executive Director Chris Bason says once Rehoboth stops discharging treated wastewater into the canal on June 1, the final major point source of discharge into Rehoboth Bay will be eliminated.

via Linne Industries website

Nutrients at the bottom of a pond allow for algae to grow, but when too much algae spreads across a pond, those nutrients become problematic.




Newark start-up Linne Industries has a solution to control algae bloom populations and mosquitos, ultimately improving water quality.

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Third graders in Seaford waded into watershed education Thursday with the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control’s mobile science trailer, learning about the importance of water in nature.


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Governor Markell signed a proclamation declaring last week “Septic Smart Week.” The aim is to send a message to Delawareans about proper septic system care.


But Jack Hayes, the program manager for Delaware's Division of Water, said proper septic system care should be noted year-round.



A recent Harvard study that looked at drinking water contamination said Newark had unsafe levels of PFAs, an industrial chemical, in its water. The city says that's wrong.

Local municipalities have until this Thursday to send in their wastewater or surface water project proposals to DNREC.

Eligible projects include water pollution control, green technology practices and wetland restoration. Applicants can ask for up to $50,000 in grants, with a 1 to 1 cash match requirement.

Greg Pope, who runs DNREC’s finance assistance branch, says these grants are especially helpful for improving infrastructure in small towns.