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June 25, 2015

Second Letter to Rehoboth Property Owners

The second letter from the Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has arrived in the mail for Rehoboth Beach property owners. This time the chapter is joined by the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon.
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June 24, 2015

Appeals Board Case Not Heard on Merits, Lost on Jurisdiction

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.
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June 18, 2015

Former DNREC Secretary Weighs in on Outfall Pipe

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.
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June 16, 2015

International Surfing Day 2015 – June 20th @ 8am – Indian River, North Side

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
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June 12, 2015

Hands Across the Sand – Against Offshore Drilling

Surfrider and Sierra Club host Hands Across the Sand event
By Chris Flood | Jun 06, 2015

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Members of the Delaware chapters of Surfrider and the Sierra Club hold hands during the national Hands Across the Sand event, held in opposition to offshore drilling. Pictured are (l-r) Bruce and Damon Galm of Rehoboth, Surfrider event coordinator Dominic Ragni, Surfrider member Jules Jackson of Lewes, Surfrider vice chair Steve Myres, Surfrider members Melanie and Jay Liesener of Milton, Sierra Club member Peter Roe, Surfrider President John Doerfler and his son John John, Sierra Club member Amy Roe, Sierra Club member Laura Henderson, and Surfrider family Kyleigh, Sue, Erin and Dwayne Dunlap.

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.

For more information go to surfrider.org or sierraclub.org.

 

 

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June 8, 2015

California’s Pumping, and California’s Dreaming

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.
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May 29, 2015

Tidewater Proposal – $20 Million

Link to Tidewater’s proposal for land application for $20 million.

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
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May 18, 2015

Outfall Pipe Vote Set for June 27th

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.
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May 12, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Mailer & Public Hearing

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
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May 6, 2015

Hands Across the Sand

May 16th – 11:30 AM – Northside Indian River Inlet

·  Did you know oil exploration and seismic testing is being actively proposed by the Department of Interior directly off of our Delaware coasts?
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