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DNREC Offers a Learning Experience on Earth Day

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DOVER, Del. - Earth Day was celebrated across the U.S. on Monday and some people who live in Dover learned how to be environmentally-friendly.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held an event to honor the day.

People came to learn about recycling, how to build a rain garden and how to preserve water with rain barrels.

Many people, like Donna Whittington of Farmington, lined the sidewalk outside of the DNREC building to buy rain barrels for the first time.

"I want to use it for washing the cars and I thought it would be a great idea. This barrel evidently stops mosquitoes from getting into it so that's great," said Whittington.

Exhibits were also on display for people to learn about composting.

"To reduce the amount of things that go into a landfill, composting is one of those ways in addition to recycling. It puts nutrients back into the soil. It keeps the moisture. It's just beneficial overall," said Mindy Anthony, who works in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Office of DNREC.

Volunteers also spruced up the garden with some native Delaware plants.

Some workers with DNREC say many homeowners don't know about low to no-interest loans that exist for septic system repair.

"Places near the waters are the crucial areas. Pollutants move right into the waterways and create these huge algae blooms that take all the oxygen out of the water so fish and other marine life can't live," said Phil Miller with DNREC's Watershed Stewardship Division.

For more information on the septic rehabilitation loan program, log onto http://de.gov/septicloans.

For more information on DNREC's recycling, log onto http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awn/Recycling/Pages/Recycling.aspx

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