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.
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
Monthly Chapter Meeting
May 12th – 6:30 PM – Lewes Public Library, Lewes DE
We will be holding our monthly chapter meeting to plan for the coming summer events and outfall response, appeals process, and logistics.
All members and non-members are welcome
Council approves outfall loan
By Ryan Mavity | Apr 21, 2015
DOVER — Rehoboth Beach officials will ask voters to approve borrowing $71 million to pay for the proposed ocean outfall and City Hall projects. While a referendum is expected to take place in June, opponents of the outfall say it is not a done deal yet.