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30 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 Cape state park Point reopens to pedestrians, fishermen The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced the reopening of the Cape Henlopen State Park's Point Beach begin- ning Friday, Sept. 1. The ocean- side beach will reopen to pedestri- ans and surf-fishing vehicles, while the bayside beach will remain closed until Sunday, Oct. 1, for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter. Shorebirds, including the state and federally-threatened piping plovers, return to the Delaware coast in March and build their nests in the sand between the dunes and the water. The practice of nesting on beaches puts the eggs and young shorebirds in dan- ger from predators, including foxes, crows, gulls, feral cats and dogs. According to Patrick Cooper, park administrator with Cape Henlopen State Park, people can also degrade the habitat of shore- birds and destroy nests. "Both the eggs and the young shorebirds are so well camou- flaged that they are in danger of being stepped on or otherwise dis- turbed by humans," said Cooper. "It is so vital that we continue to preserve the nesting and feeding habitat for these birds." The Division of Fish and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program monitors the piping plovers throughout the breeding season and erect wire cage-like structures called exclosures around the plovers' nests. The exclosure's wire is small enough to restrict predators, but large enough for the plovers to enter. They place a netting materi- al over the top of the structure to keep out avian predators. Success can be measured in this year's numbers. "This year, a record nine pairs of piping plovers nested at Cape Henlopen's Point and Gordons DNREC announces plans to enfo: ce anti-idling regs beginning Sept. l The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Air and Waste Management Enforcement Section will begin ticketing operators of heavy duty vehicles violating Regulation 45, Excessive Idling of Heavy Duty Vehicles, Friday, Sept. 1. The regulation prohibits owners of on-road vehicles over 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight to idle their engines for a period more than three minutes long. Violators are subject to a penalty of not less than $50 and not more than $500 for each offense. Subsequent violations carry fines of $500 - $1500. According to All Mirzakhalili, Air Quality Management Section administrator, the regulation con- tinues DNREC's efforts to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, fine particulates, and other tailpipe pollutants from heavy-duty vehi- cles operated in the state. "Vehicle emissions contribute significantly to our overall air quality, and we are particularly concerned with diesel exhaust," said Mirzakhalili. "Regulation 45 and our plans to enforce the anti-idling regulation of heavy duty vehicles are impor- tant in helping us reach our goals of improving air quality and pro- tecting public health in Delaware." Heavy duty vehicles subject to this regulation include long-haul and delivery trucks, as well as transit and school buses. Emergency fire, rescue, and life- saving vehicles are exempt from the regulation. Additional vehicle operating situations are exempt and are listed in the Exemption Section of the regulation. The reg- ulation can be accessed online at www.dnrec .state .de .us/air/aqm_p age/docs/pdf/REG_45.pdf or can be obtained by contacting Phil Wheeler at 302-739-9402. Since the regulation was adopt- ed in April 2005, DNREC's Enforcement Section completed education on the anti-idling rule. "We met with more than 30 truck- ing businesses potentially affected by the new regulation," said Captain Chip McDaniel, opera- tions manager with the Division's Enforcement Section. "The Delaware Motor Transport Association, Delaware Transit Corporation and the Delaware Department of Education worked with us to develop the regulation and assisted with our educational efforts," he said. Citizens can report idling viola- tions by calling the Air and Waste Management Enforcement Section's 24 Hour Environmental Complaint Line in-state at 1-800- 662-8802. In addition Verizon Wireless customers can call #DNR from their cell phones to register a complaint. al Dwelli00Clo00T.00 &ails Dockety Design Construction 302.227.2868 300.353.5816 Pond," said Wildlife Biologist Matt Bailey, adding that the 13 chicks that fledged this year can now fly and are making their migration south for the winter. 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