More on what the feds weighing in on the proposed Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe might mean.
Linked letter from the paper here http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/a-revelation-on-proposed-ocean-outfall/1267328 Please chime in by leaving a comment below the letter online.
While DNREC has been silent for over a year and a half since the comment period closed on the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe Final Environmental Impact Statement, (FEIS), Surfrider Foundation activists have spoken up and continue to shine light on important details of this proposal.
Molly Murray, The News Journal 4:06 p.m. EDT November 1, 2014
Some residents on Delaware’s ocean coast worry the state is focusing too much on shoreline protection and not enough on safety and recreation.
At issue for Rehoboth Beach resident Ed O’Connor is the limited number of beaches where he can still surf – and even take friends and family swimming – since state and federal renourishment projects started.
“Those beaches have a use, and it’s for recreation,” O’Connor said.
And those bigger, wider beaches, he said, just aren’t as safe for swimming anymore because of the steep dropoffs formed when the beach is elevated and widened.
By Ryan Mavity and Chris Flood | Oct 28, 2014
REHOBOTH BEACH — A deal that would have tied in Rehoboth Beach’s wastewater outfall project to improvements to the city’s stormwater outfalls never got off the ground, Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper said.
“DNREC Shoreline and Waterway Management is evaluating potential updates to the regulations governing beach protection and the use of beaches that will increase the effectiveness of the Coastal Construction Program and improve its protection of the beach and dune system.”
These discussions are VERY important to Surfrider!.
Surf Shop Liaison!
Work at a Surf Shop? Are you constantly in them bugging the staff? Do you love the smell of wax and sale racks?? WE NEED YOU!
Your Chapter is looking for a volunteer to gauge issues concerning our Local Surf Community and the businesses that support it. Surf Shops are the water coolers of our salty kin and we need to make sure we’re advocates for them.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, please contact us Email here.
Saturday, October 25th – 9:30am’ish
Join us this coming Saturday for some FUN! What you’ll need-
- Cape of some sort
- Good throwing arm for candy
- Comfortable walking shoes
We are going to theme ourselves as “Superheroes of Surf – Protecting our Coasts!” We wanted to keep the costume basic so all could participate. Who doesn’t have a bedsheet lying around the house?
We will be decorating our Chair’s car with all kinds of stuff. We’ll supply all the candy and décor for the car. We have volunteered our Chair to wash his car afterwards.
Bring kids – Bring pets – Bring unicorns
Email our Volunteer Coordinator for specific details. See you there! Email here.
Surfrider Foundation has put tremendous effort into quantifying the economic value of non-consumptive coastal recreation. (It excludes fishing & boating economics because those have been well documented.) And the DE Chapter has put tremendous effort into making sure beach replenishment does not create dangerous beaches with no surf which will drive tourists elsewhere. Great treatment of both subjects here http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/delaware/2014/09/25/surfrider-foundation-releases-recreation-study/16240689/
Sea Level Rise Week in DE got some great news coverage on WBOC, video linked below. Many environmental groups in DE worked together to make this week a success. We know sea level rise means more beach replenishment, so we all need to follow this and ask for alternatives.
Delaware Coastal Cleanup – September 20th – 9AM – Noon
Northside Indian River Inlet – Need 10-15 Volunteers to help beautify
Dogfish Dash!- September 28th, 7:30AM – 12PM
Milton, Delaware – Need 5-6 Volunteers – First to email us gets first dibs. Spots will fill fast!!!
Delaware Coast Day – October 5 – details to be announced
Sea Witch Parade – October 25th – WE WILL HAVE A FLOAT THIS YEAR!
We will need folks willing to wear some wetsuits and carry boards with the float. We have some other ideas brewing!! We need as many volunteers to make a presence as possible.
Please contact our NEW Volunteer Coordinator Dominic at email@example.com to sign up.