We are not going to sugar coat this – we lost our appeal to the Environmental Appeals Board – but please note that the case was not even heard on its merits. We lost because DNREC argued that the Environmental Appeals Board does not have jurisdiction over decisions like this. More from the News Journal’s Molly Murray here.
We would love to have had this comment two years ago when he was DNREC Secretary, but Colin O’Mara posted a comment to his Facebook page last week about the proposed Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall pipe. This was covered in a News Journal article by Molly Murray earlier this week.
Please join us at this year’s International Surfing Day Celebration, Saturday, June 20th, 8AM Indian River Inlet North Side.
This year you can also help us by joining Surfrider through this special link made just for our Chapter. You can also renew your membership there or just donate
Surfrider and Sierra Club host Hands Across the Sand event
By Chris Flood | Jun 06, 2015
INDIAN RIVER INLET — Representatives of the Delaware chapters of Surfrider and the Sierra Club joined forces to celebrate Hands Across the Sand at Indian River Inlet May 16.
The local event was part of a nationwide day-of-action effort. The focus was to show a united front against new offshore drilling and to promote clean energy.
In January, President Barack Obama announced offshore drilling will be allowed in the waters off the southeastern United States, The president’s proposal calls for opening the coastline areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to oil leasing.
In addition to raising awareness, members of the two groups also spent about an hour picking up debris from the beach.
California is dreaming…they are dreaming about your water. In all of the well publicized problems of the California drought right now, they don’t mention one thing. They don’t mention that California has until recently pumped 1.35 billion gallons of water into the Pacific ocean every day through ocean outfall pipes. Yes, we said billion.
They have cut that back a bit in recent years due to water recycling programs*, but it is still about a billion gallons a day.
At the May 15th Public Hearing in Rehoboth where the Commissioners set a date for the referendum on borrowing money for an ocean outfall pipe, a letter was read from Tidewater Utilities. It said they would be submitting a proposal detailing the cost of a land based application approach for Rehoboth Beach’s Wastewater Treatment Plant’s water. This proposal was just officially posted on the Tidewater website. At $20 million, it is much less than the recent estimates of $31 million for the cost of the pipe alone. Please read that proposal here http://www.middlesexwater.com/family/tidewater-utilities-inc/a-sustainable-solution-for-disposal-alternative-for-the-city-of-rehoboth-beach-e
City of Rehoboth Commissioners set the date for the referendum, the public vote, on borrowing the money for the controversial ocean outfall pipe for Saturday, June 27, 2015.
People need to ask why the cost keeps going up. The City website claims the outfall pipe portion of the project will be $25 Million as seen in the slideshow (below the video) here . But tow news articles have the cost of the outfall pipe portion at $31 or $32 million, as reported in this Cape Gazette article by Ryan Mavity and this News Journal article by Molly Murray.
Let us just say that Stan Mills’ claim of “misinformation” by our group are unfounded.
The Chapter has sent a mailing to every property owner in Rehoboth Beach to make them aware of the referendum coming up on borrowing money to fund the outfall pipe. The mailer aims to tell people that as property owners, they are eligible to vote in the election even if they don’t live in Rehoboth. Here is a PDF of the one-page mailing. Please share this with those you know that own property in Rehoboth.
And please, please come out the public hearing