Volunteers needed! DNREC is sponsoring a dune grass planting to assist our battered beaches throughout the state. 3/23/13 at 9AMThe Delaware Chapter wants volunteers to help at the Indian River Inlet, North Side. Specifically, we will be planting in Savages Ditch, about 1/2 mile north of Indian River Inlet. Park at the Savages Ditch Bayside Parking area, and plant on the dunes on the oceanfront. FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH KIDS – THIS WILL REQUIRE WALKING ACROSS ROUTE ONE. This time of year that’s probably not a big deal. See picture below.
Register with DNREC here but choose Delaware Seashore State Park as your desired planting location http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/Shoreline/Pages/BeachGrassPlanting.aspx
Check the Chapter’s Facebook Page for an event here.
If anyone has a surf tag, you can drive on the beach right there at Savages Ditch.
Here is a primer on the plant we will be planting. Instructions included http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_ambr.pdf
Photo: Russ Merritt Photography
Please help us stop the Ocean Outfall Pipe off Rehoboth Beach by clicking here.
The Delaware Chapter has been fighting the proposal ocean outfall pipe off of Rehoboth Beach for almost 4 years. The pipe would put the effluent from the local Sewage Treatment Plant into the Ocean about 1 mile from shore. Links to the full EIS are here http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/wr/Services/Pages/Financial-Assistance-Branch-proposed-Rehoboth-ocean-outfall.aspx
Surfrider Foundation is concerned with this proposal for several reasons:
- Tourism – Any malfunction or mishap at this plant in the summer months could destroy tourism for years to come. Even the perception of sewage treatment plant effluent going into the ocean could be bad for tourism.
- Wasting water – This project essentially wastes 7 million gallons of freshwater a day that could be used on farms at current treatment levels, or could provide other beneficial uses with a higher level of treatment. We are essentially throwing this water away after using it once.
- Atlantic Sturgeon – are an endangered species with an estimated population of 300 in the Delaware Bay area. The outfall pipe would further degrade their essential habitat.
- Impact on wildlife – Marine mammals and sea turtles live and migrate off the coast. Toxins in the effluent plume bio accumulate in animals like dolphins and the cumulative effects are unknown.
The Final EIS has been completed and there is a comment period until February 26, 2013. Read more here. Please submit your comments in opposition to this project by clicking here. http://action.surfrider.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7250 You can edit your own letter to DNREC’s Greg Pope regarding the project’s Final EIS.
Thank you and please read more about the Outfall pipe here http://www.saveourcityrehoboth.org/16-blog/news-articles/187-rehoboth-presents-outfall-statement.html Note, this Cape Gazzette article appears on the website of a group in favor of Ocean Outfall.
From 2009 http://sandiego.surfrider.org/a-new-ocean-outfall-at-rehoboth-beach-delaware
Join us for the August Monthly Meeting on Monday August 6th at 7pm at El Dorado in Rehoboth Beach. See you there!
There is a meeting Tuesday April 10th at 1pm regarding the Rehoboth Beach Outfall. The meeting will be at the Rehoboth Convention Center and public comment will be allowed.
If you cannot make the meeting, written comments will be accepted until May 10th. While I will be sending a letter from the chapter as a whole, it would be great to send them your own comments and ask others to do the same. More information on the meeting and where to send your comments is listed below and on the following links.
Thank you very much.
The public hearing to discuss the contents of the draft EIS will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The meeting will be transcribed and will include the following agenda items:
A brief presentation of DNREC’s roles and responsibilities and the EIS process
A presentation summarizing the contents of the draft EIS, and
An opportunity for interested government agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments on the draft EIS.
Written comments may be submitted during the public comment period until May 10, 2012 at 4:30pm. Please send written comments to Greg Pope, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Financial Assistance Branch, 5 E. Reed St. Suite 200, Dover, DE 19901 or by FAX: 302-739-2137 or email at Rehoboth_EIS_Comments@state.de.us. Electronic submission is preferred.
The March meeting will be Monday March 5th at 7pm at El Dorado in Rehoboth. Hope to see everyone there!
The Delaware Fisherman’s Alliance will be meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Center for the Inland Bays office located next to the Coast Guard station on the north side of the Inlet. Meeting will begin at 6:30pm. Agenda items include – the proposed park improvements, osprey nesting platforms, and 2012 proposed fishing regulations strategy.
The DFA meeting tonight is a good opportunity to find out what the “preliminary concepts” are for enhancements at NSIR Inlet. This is meeting a by another stakeholder group, and it is open to the public. It’s at the Center for the Inland Bays at 6:30 PM.
Tonight’s meeting is at 7pm at El Dorado. Hope to see everyone there!
Want to save everyone from sure DOOM. Pretty soon the BAG MONSTER may be moving into your area. You can stop it now, by supporting our neighboring chapters in their campaigns to reduce plastic bag usage!
Check out the link below to find out how to can chip in!