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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.