The article in the Washington Post had good detail and info from both sides, but the solution to the problem – land based application or spray irrigation – was not mentioned. Here is some more detail of those solutions.
This was great coverage in the Metro Section of Sunday’s paper. Unfortunately there is no mention of the solution or the real problem with ocean outfall – the waste of fresh water.
In scenic Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, a proposed sewer outfall causes nasty fallout
By Darryl Fears January 24
Washington Post Article
There are glitzier beaches in America, but most are not nearly as pristine as Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach, where the water quality is routinely ranked among the nation’s best.
But the same can’t be said for dirty Rehoboth Bay, separated from the popular ocean beach by a sliver of coastal highway. For decades, wastewater treated at a nearby sewer facility has been dumped into a canal that runs to the bay. A court has ordered it to stop
Rehoboth outfall fallout just beginning
By Gregg Rosner | Jan 16, 2015
The first rule of wildlife conservation is you cannot save species if you do not save habitat. For those of us who are conservative, we should regard that ethos and preserve our natural world for future generations, along with the health and well-being of all species that share this planet. If not, then that makes you a radical, someone disregarding the intrinsic value of biodiversity, which is directly and importantly the foundation of humanity on many fundamental levels.
Environmental groups protest outfall decision
Opponents cite deficiencies in science supporting approval
REHOBOTH BEACH — Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s approval of Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall has left environmental groups pondering their next moves to stop the project.
Rachael Pacella, DelmarvaNow 7:02 p.m. EST January 5, 2015
Rehoboth Beach’s proposed ocean outfall has been called a lot of things, from a solution to pollution in the bays to a public relations nightmare, but after more than a year of stagnation, it can now be called “moving” again.
Gregg W. Rosner representing Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter on WBOC News discussing the approval for Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe Project.
Rehoboth ocean outfall wins approval
City to begin construction in October 2017
By Ryan Mavity | Jan 05, 2015
Rehoboth Beach has received approval for state funding to build its long-awaited ocean outfall. Construction on the project, which will carry highly treated wastewater from the city treatment plant some 6,000 feet into the ocean, is expected to be complete by June 1, 2018.
The latest article in the Cape Gazette discusses the looming deadline for the proposed ocean outfall pipe. Full article by Ryan Mavity here http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/rehoboth-running-out-of-time-on-outfall/1279655
To be honest, we can’t imagine DNREC imposing fines for not meeting the deadline when it is their agency who has been sitting on this decision for almost two years. That would not be fair to the City of Rehoboth Beach. Perhaps they are working on this agreement for more time because they are looking more seriously at alternatives. That would make for a very Happy New Year!
Experts lack data to link injuries to recent projects
By Maddy Lauria | Nov 21, 2014