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.
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
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.
Cooper not surprised by action
By Ryan Mavity | Feb 27, 2015
REHOBOTH BEACH — The Delaware chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has appealed Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small’s decision to approve Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall project.