Don Rush

There’s a water quality advisory for Slaughter Beach.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reports that bacterial levels have been found to be above recreational safe levels.

WBOC reports that the agency says it is the result of droppings from migrating shorebirds along the Delaware Bay Coast.

Increased rainfall is one possible cause for the higher levels washing up on the beach.

The television station reports that DNREC will conduct further tests before lifting the advisory.

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A potential class action lawsuit is in the works in the wake of water contamination for the town of Blades.

A law firm says it has been approached by number of residents who have experienced health problems.

WBOC reports these included thyroid issues and pregnancy complications.

The water was found to have contained an elevated level of PFC’s.

The attorneys say they are now trying to determine who was responsible or what caused the contamination.


The warmer temperatures mean that mosquito season could last a bit longer than usual.

WBOC reports that the Delaware health officials say that it could last for another three to four weeks.

Dr. Bill Meredith with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that they won’t disappear until there is a hard freeze.

He added there is also the continuing threat of West Nile virus that is spread by the insect.

It’s recommended that residents remove standing water and wear long-sleeved clothes during this period.


The Delaware Attorney General says that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The office says that the agency failed to properly respond to a request for records by the Delaware Audubon Society last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law requires agencies to respond within 15 days by either providing the records, denying the request or asking for more time.

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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Another bald eagle has been found dead in Delaware, bringing the total number of dead eagles found to five.
Delaware Natural Resources Police Sgt. John McDerby says the fifth eagle was found Sunday in Dagsboro.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources previously said in a statement that one eagle was found dead near Dagsboro on Saturday morning. Three other birds were found disoriented about a mile away from where the first bird was found. They later died.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials say the state will again lead Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2013-2014 deer hunting season.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Wednesday that deer coolers are ready to receive donations. Donated meat is processed and distributed to charities.

Participating hunters can drop off deer at the eight walk-in coolers maintained by DNREC. Hunters should call the phone number posted on the cooler so the deer can be processed quickly.

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ELLENDALE, Del. - Tuesday night, about 40 people met with state officials at Mount Zion A.M.E Church in Ellendale to get an update on an ongoing water contamination problem, first identified back in 2009.

Authorities told WMDT that the source of the contamination is a gasoline leak at a salvage yard located near the church. It directly affects the church and two nearby homes.

Authorities have yet to identify all responsible parties. However one of the potential parties is helping with the clean-up process.

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A fish killed has left 75-hundred menhaden in the Broadkill River dead.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said another 10 Striped Bass and 8 Carp also died.

DNREC suspects low oxygen levels in the river due to heavy rain. 

WBOC TV reports that some fisherman in Sussex County said they were worried about their health.

But state officials said there should be no concern yet. 

DNREC is testing the water testing.  

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara is urging Delaware residents to conserve water during the hot dry summer.

Among the recommendations is don’t water your lawn.

That’s generally 50 percent of demand.

State officials say that New Castle County is just 8 inches shy of the normal rainfall for the last six months.

In Sussex it’s been 9 and-a-half inches while Kent has been short by 12 inches.

This is the driest season since a drought 8 years ago.

Delaware State officials are renewing a contract with the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute to deal with large ocean-going animals who beach themselves on the state’s shores.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control withheld new funding for eight months because it was concerned that the non-profit had violated the terms of its federal grant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this led to the organization’s executive director to work without pay since March.