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During this holiday season, Delaware-surf-fishing.com will be undergoing a face lift. The new look has been live for a few weeks, but there have been some underlying issues. Over the next week or so the site will be up and down. If you try and visit the site and it doesn’t come up, that is normal. Please don’t send Rich an email about it, as he and I are working closely to make the site faster, more responsive and better overall.


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Delaware releases 2012 Toxic Release Inventory

Delaware releases 2012 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report

Air releases decrease 54 percent compared to  2011; reporting now includes hydrogen sulfide


DOVER (Dec. 23, 2013) – The annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2012 from Delaware’s industrial facilities was marked by significant decreases in releases to air compared to 2011 and by increases in releases to water and the total amount of waste reported. The increases are primarily attributable to the addition of hydrogen sulfide to the list of reportable TRI chemicals and a full year of operation of the Delaware City Refinery.

In its first year of reporting, hydrogen sulfide accounted for 78 percent of all TRI waste reported, which alone accounted for an increase of 329 million pounds of waste being reported as compared to 2011. Of all TRI waste reported, 98 percent was either treated on- or offsite by various means (recycling, energy recovery, treatment, or being sent to a publicly owned treatment works).

“Delaware continues to make great strides improving air quality and reducing pollution released into our water and soils,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “With the additional of data about hydrogen sulfide, the Toxic Release Inventory will provide even more information to residents and businesses interested in protecting the environment and improving public health.”

A total of four facilities reported waste activities involving hydrogen sulfide, with a total of 75,000 pounds being released onsite, all of it into the air. The majority of hydrogen sulfide reported is managed onsite by either treatment or energy recovery, with the largest reported amount being the 329 million pounds treated onsite by the Delaware City refinery. The addition of this chemical to TRI reporting provides communities with information that was previously unavailable to them, but does not necessarily represent new activities occurring in their area.

Overall onsite releases of all TRI chemicals reported for 2012 increased compared to 2011, concurrent with the Delaware City Refinery being in full operation. The refinery’s releases of nitrate compounds to water increased by 2.5 million pounds compared to 2011;after being idled since 2008 and returning to full operations. Though overall onsite releases increased, releases to air decreased by 54 percent compared to 2011, with the Indian River Generating Station reporting a decrease of 1.3 million pounds in releases of hydrochloric acid to air.

Please refer to the following fact sheet for a summary of the 2012 TRI data. The full TRI 2012 report and data are available at:www.dnrec.delaware.gov/SERC/Information/Pages/PublicInformation.aspx. 


What is TRI?

The Toxics Release Inventory, or TRI, is a publicly available data set containing information reported annually since 1987 for toxic chemicals manufactured, processed, or otherwise used by certain facilities in Delaware and throughout the United States.  TRI was established in 1986 under Title III, Section 313, of the Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA 313) to provide information to the public about the presence and release of toxic chemicals in their communities.  Title III is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).


Who must report?

Facilities that are required to the government under TRI must meet the following criteria:

1)    The facility must be covered under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) or be a federal facility. Primarily these NAICS codes include manufacturing facilities, oil and coal fired electric facilities, and bulk petroleum terminals.

2)    The facility must have 10 or more full time employees.

3)    The facility must manufacture or process over 25,000 pounds or otherwise use over 10,000 pounds of a TRI chemical. The list of reportable TRI chemicals includes of 593 individual chemicals and 30 chemical categories. Certain chemicals, such as persistent bio-accumulative toxins (PBTs), have lower reporting thresholds.


What is reported?

Facilities submit reports to Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the waste management activities for the covered TRI chemicals. These activities include:

1)    Direct releases onsite to the environment. These releases are to air, water, and land.

2)    Waste managed onsite, which includes recycling, treatment, and energy recovery.

3)    Waste managed offsite, which includes recycling, treatment, energy recovery, or disposal.

Data from Delaware facilities is compiled by DNREC and the results are summarized in an annual report. A national analysis of the TRI data is provided by EPA’s annual report.   It is noteworthy that TRI only requires reporting of releases and waste management activities, but not amounts used. The control of those releases is achieved separately through a variety of DNREC and EPA permits, laws and regulations.

                      Delaware 2012 Results Summary


For 2012, 60 facilities submitted reports for 88 different chemicals. Approximately 5.2 million pounds were reported as being released onsite, an increase of 1.2 million pounds or 32 percent compared to 2011.  Of this amount, approximately 3.7 million pounds were released to water, while 1.1 million pounds were released to air and approximately 300,000 pounds were released to land. Of the TRI chemicals reported, nitrate compounds were reported as the largest release to water at 3.7 million pounds, with 3.4 million pounds (90 percent)  released by the Delaware City Refinery and 360,000 (10 percent) released by Perdue Georgetown.

Total onsite releases to water increased by 2.5 million pounds (207 percent) compared to 2011. This increase was due to the Delaware City Refinery being in full operation for a complete year, resulting in the refinery’s releases of nitrate compounds to water increasing by 2.4 million pounds.  Total on-site releases to air decreased by 1.3 million pounds (54 percent). The decrease in releases to air was primarily the result of the Indian River Generating Station reducing their releases of hydrochloric acid to air by 1.3 million pounds to 170,000 pounds. Onsite releases to land increased by 28,000 pounds (10 percent). This increase was the result of Mountaire Farms of Delaware releasing 28,000 pounds of ammonia to land, which was previously not reported in 2011. 

Waste transferred offsite increased by 1.6 million pounds (12 percent). This increase was primarily the result of the Johnson Controls Distribution Center reporting 1.3 million pounds of lead compounds being sent offsite for recycling.

Total TRI waste for Delaware increased by 347 million pounds or 473 percent compared to 2011, driven by onsite waste management increasing 619 percent or 344 million pounds. This dramatic increase was the result of hydrogen sulfide being added to the list of reportable TRI chemicals in 2012. In the first year of reporting, hydrogen sulfide accounted for 78 percent of all TRI waste, with over 329 million being treated onsite by the Delaware City refinery. Please note the addition of hydrogen sulfide to the list of reportable chemicals represents new data that is available to the public, not necessarily new activity.

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Invasive plant weed-out at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area on Jan. 12

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for invasive plant weed-out

at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area on Jan. 12

DOVER (Dec. 18, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with a habitat restoration project to remove invasive plants at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area east of Smyrna from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

At the Vogel Tract on the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area, non-native ornamental shrubs are outcompeting native plants and taking over the understory, impacting native wildlife habitat as they spread. To remove these shrubs, volunteers will use hand saws, pruners and loppers, which will be provided along with work gloves, or volunteers may bring their own.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s volunteer website (see address below). Participants under the age of 16 also must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers will meet at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area’s Vogel Tract. Follow Thoroughfare Neck Road, cross over Collins Beach Road and continue to the end of the dirt road. A map with directions can be found on the Fish & Wildlife online volunteer calendar by clicking Cedar Swamp Vogel property map.

For more information, or to sign up for this wildlife area project, please contact Lynne Pusey at 302-735-3600 or email lynne.pusey@state.de.us. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register with contact information so they can be notified in case of inclement weather leading to postponement.

For more information on other volunteer opportunities with the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, as well as parental consent forms, maps and directions to volunteer project sites, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers.

This project is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.

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Delaware residents alerted to report door-to-door visitors claiming to represent DNREC energy staff

Delaware residents alerted to report door-to-door visitors
claiming to represent DNREC energy staff


DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate has learned of at least three recent reports handled by Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police of a person or persons knocking on doors in New Castle and Sussex counties, claiming to represent the Division and asking questions about residents’ energy bills and electric consumption.


“We do not currently have staff engaged in any door-to-door survey activities of any kind anywhere in the state,” said Program Administrator Rob Underwood, Division of Energy and Climate. “We encourage residents who are visited by a person asking questions and claiming to be a member of the Division of Energy and Climate staff to give out no information and to report the incident to the Delaware State Police or to their local municipal police department.”


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Winter Solstice brings a heat wave weekend

toggin, tautog, blackfish, wreck fishing,

Maggie Lingo with the catch of the day. This was one of the larger small tautog they caught today.

Well everyone keeps asking what will happen in the surf this weekend, and where are the hot spots?  Well, for the past week and last weekend not much was happening in the surf, and the best fishing was out front.  The back bays have seen hot action for shorties on plugs, spoons, and swim shads.  These are resident fish we are seeing in the back bays and that action will slow down as the water cools more.  The striped bass action in the surf has been not happening, and not for the lack of trying.   I have talked with many friends who have been on almost every beach off and on for the past week, and have come up donuts for striped bass.  Skates, dogfish, and spotted hake (ling) have been caught.  If you catch enough hake they can make for a tasty meal.  Squid is the best bait on top and bottom rigs with 2/0 hooks is usually the ticket.  Small chunks of cut bait work well, such as bunker or mullet.  The boats have been doing decent in front of Bethany Beach and Fenwick island.  One day it is hot and one day it is not.  Tautog have been caught in the DE bay and at some of the wrecks.  The charters in Lewes have been doing decent for tog.  This weekend it will be gorgeous out, unseasonably warm, the first official day of winter, and the water will still be rather cold.  The surf has averaged 47 degrees and is steadily dropping.  Even with a slight warm up it will not help the fishing too much I am afraid.  The fall run is basically over for us until the spring, I know a lot of anglers hanging up their Rockfish”guns” for the season.  Winter flounder will start showing up soon and that will be another option, that season does not start until February 11 and ends April 10.  Then again this weekend will still be a day at the beach or out on the boat, so regardless have fun out there and you just never know.  The past few years we were seeing catches of striped bass until and into January.  This year the water has cooled off much faster.  The inlet has seen some catches but nothing to write home about.  There are always resident bass if you put in the time.  The snowy owls are still around too and we are seeing more seals here and there.  Good luck out there, have a fun weekend and safe holidays.

Fish On

Rich King

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DNREC … major enhancements at Delaware Seashore State Park

Work begins on major enhancements at Delaware Seashore State Park


park enhancements for indian river inlet, delaware seashore state park

Full map of enhancements for Indian Ri

REHOBOTH BEACH (Dec. 16, 2013) – Nearly $10 million worth of construction has begun on enhancements in Delaware Seashore State Park. The work, which includes major upgrades, replacements and enhancements, will be focused on the south and north sides of the Indian River Inlet. As a result, the park’s is closed for the season. The southeast day use area will be closed at a later date this winter.


The contract was awarded for $9.87 million, of which the Federal Highway Administration agreed to pay up to $7.06 million while the remaining funds came from state capital funds awarded to DelDOT. The enhancement funds were part of the original plans which were obligated because the footprint of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge utilized state park lands for bridge construction. The upgrades and enhancements replace what was taken away during construction and are designed to modernize park amenities to today’s outdoor recreation standards.


“These improvements will showcase an important part of the recreational trails and pathways we’re continuing to build,” said Governor Jack Markell. “The upgrades are enhancing what is already a great Delaware destination, making this area even more attractive to families and anyone who lives, works or visits here.  All of this is good for tourism, for our economy and for the enjoyment of the people of this state.”


“The Indian River Inlet Bridge gives breathtaking views of the Delaware coastline to travelers, and the Delaware Seashore State Park project will allow the public to enjoy this scenic area once again,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “I am proud of the federal, state and local partnerships that have allowed these economic development projects, which benefit all Delawareans and tourists, to happen.”


north side indian river inlet,  dealware seashore state park

North side enhancements Indian River Inlet

“Delaware’s beaches so important to the economy in southern Delaware region and our entire state,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons. “While it is vital to continue to invest in our state’s greatest natural resource, it is important to also invest in the amenities that make our beaches so memorable to those who visit. The added parking, updated bathhouses, additional camping locations and outdoor pavilions will offer a more comfortable visit for the more than one million visitors each year to our award-winning beaches.”


“Delaware beaches are already among the most popular vacation spots on the east coast, and the improvements underway at Seashore State Park will only make them better,” said U.S. Representative John Carney.  “The economy in Sussex County, and across the entire state, relies heavily on tourism.  This project is an investment that will bring more visitors to the state and support the many jobs and businesses in the area.  I can’t wait to come back and see the finished product.”


south side indian river inlet enhancements, delaware seashore state

South side indian river inlet

“The investments at Delaware Seashore State Park will allow thousands of additional families to enjoy this incredible recreational jewel,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “From new campgrounds, trails, a new playground, and improved fishing access, to renovated bathrooms, additional parking, and better beach access, these enhancements will make this park a must see attraction for all Delawareans and visitors.”


“We are pleased to see that this phase of work is starting,” said DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt. “These enhancements will complement the area around the Indian River Inlet and truly make this a destination.”


Construction will begin south of the inlet first. This will include:


  • Refurbish existing south RV and tent campground
    • Construct 94 family camping sites
    • Renovate bathhouses
    • Construct a scenic beach access
    • Add a promenade along the Indian River Inlet
    • Construct six new RV sites with full hook-ups
    • Create a new DART Bus stop
  • Replace the south inlet Day-Use parking lot and entrance
  • Reconstruct south park roadways
  • Create more parking for anglers
  • Construct outdoor pavilions

Construction north of the inlet will begin following the south inlet refurbishments. This will include:

  • Relocation and construction of a north inlet  Day-Use parking lot
    • Construct 221 visitor parking spaces
  • Construct north RV campground and amenities
    • Create an 80-space full hook-up family campground
    • Construct a playground
    • Enhance fishing access along the inlet
    • Create direct access to the beach on the north side of the inlet
  • Construct outdoor pavilions

The improvements will include refurbishing the existing campground on the south side of the bridge, as well as replacing the previous campground and day use parking area on the north side of the bridge.


Other upgrades and enhancements will include expansion for visitor parking, and construction of a scenic beach access, a promenade along the Indian River inlet replacing and updating 94 family camping sites and six new RV sites with full hookups, renovated bathhouses, a DART bus stop. Other improvements will include a playground, improved bathhouses and showers for beach users, more parking for anglers (daily), a nature walk, and outdoor pavilions.


“Not only are the north and south sides of the park now connected, new amenities will enable visitors to access and enjoy the bridge itself as a destination,” said DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation Director Ray Bivens. “Those who want to stay overnight will have plenty of options from tent camping to RV to exclusive cottages and the state-of-the-art marina, all located along the inlet within walking distance to the beach.”


Construction will take place simultaneously on the north and south sides of the bridge. The area used as a construction site on the north side will be returned to an 80-space full hook-up family campground, 221 visitor parking spaces, a playground, enhanced fishing access along the inlet, as well as direct access to the beach on the north side of the inlet.

The park’s south campground and the southeast day use area are scheduled to reopen before Memorial Day weekend in 2014.Camping reservations for 2014 will be accepted once a firm date is set for completion of the construction work.


Watch for the progress of the reconstruction work on the DelDOT and Delaware State Parks websites. The DelDOT site can be viewed athttp://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/irib_parks/ .Information on the Delaware State Parks website is found at destateparks.com/DelSeashoreMap.

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