The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has a number of programs for homeowners. The Department regulations onsite wastewater systems and asbestos. It provides grants and homeowner assistance. And it offers guidance on a wide variety of subjects of interest to homeowners.
Use the Discovering Wetlands guide to identify and learn about wetlands you may have in your back yard
Take advantage of the Delaware Landowner Incentive Program to find funding and assistance
Learn how to stabilize shorelines by creating living shorelines rather than bulkheads
Responding to old debris pits and the sinkholes that they can cause.
Assistance in closing underground storage tanks (USTs) that store heating fuel.
Learn about on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems known commonly as septic systems
Review the Septic System Guide for Homeowners
Learn how you can take advantage of solar, geothermal and other green energy alternatives
Use less energy at home by weatherizing your home
See how Delaware’s modern building energy codes are helping reduce energy use
Reduce, re-use and recycle to save energy expended on waste management
Explore the potential of home- and community level green infrastructure
Most open burning is prohibited in Delaware from May 1 through September 30, typically referred to as “Ozone Season.”
Read the Citizens’ Guide to Residential Open Burning to learn what’s allowed, and what’s not.
Learn how to handle asbestos in your home.
The best way to dispose of yard waste is to recycle it on-site. You can “grasscycle” by using a mulching mower and leave grass clippings to enrich your lawn. Compost yard waste and kitchen scraps for use in your garden. Your waste hauler may offer yard waste collection, or you can take it to a drop-off facility. Remember, yard waste may not be disposed of with your trash or in Delaware landfills.
Information about Coyotes in Delaware
An online app to help you find a nuisance wildlife control operator
If you think there’s an animal with rabies, contact the Division of Public Health at 302-744-4995 or toll-free at 1-866-972-9705
If there’s a dead animal on or near a roadway, use the DelDOT Report an Issue app (select “Dead Animal”) or contact the DelDOT Transportation Management Center at 302-659-4600, #77 on your cell, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about ownership and breeding of exotic animals, visit the Dept. of Agriculture’s Poultry and Animal Health Section