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 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

Public Hearing on Ocean Outfall Pipe Vote

Where:  Rehoboth City Hall, Commissioners Room, 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE
When:   Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm
There will be a public hearing by the Rehoboth Beach Mayor and Commissioners on setting the date for the referendum where we can vote on borrowing the money to build the ocean outfall pipe. Please attend and urge then to vote no on holding the referendum. All Sussex County Residents are being asked to contribute towards this ocean outfall pipe for the sewage treatment plant. If you don’t want it come out an speak! There will be a comment period at the meeting.
Sussex County is funding 40% of this project.  Even if you do not live within the City limits, but live in Sussex County, this issue affects you.

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April 21, 2015

Rehoboth to ask voters for $71 million

Council approves outfall loan
By Ryan Mavity | Apr 21, 2015

Article can be found on capegazette.villagesoup.com

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.

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February 27, 2015

Delaware Surfriders appeal Rehoboth outfall decision

Cooper not surprised by action
By Ryan Mavity | Feb 27, 2015

Article can be found on capegazette.villagesoup.com

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.

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