Outfall Work ongoing in Rehoboth Beach (Update March 13)

Hearing set on Rehoboth outfall

Cape Gazette March 13

Officials from Rehoboth Beach and the Delaware Depart­ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host a public hearing on the draft en­vironmental impact statement for Rehoboth’s ocean outfall project, 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the Rehoboth Beach Conven­tion Center. The statement is re­quired in order for the city to se­cure state funding for the outfall. The statement compares various alternative methods for dispos­ing of treated effluent including no action and land application, as well as the preferred alterna­tive of ocean outfall. Included in the statement is an analysis of relevant environmental issues and impacts from the outfall.

The proposed ocean outfall will lead from Rehoboth’s waste­water treatment plant along the banks of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal down Henlopen Avenue and discharging 6,000 feet off the shores of Deauville Beach.

Copies of the draft statement can be found at the city’s web­site, www.cityofrehoboth.com; at the Department of Natural Re­sources and Environmental Control’s website, www.dnrec. delaware.gov; and at the Re­hoboth Beach Public Library.

Dunes set to be raised to 2005 height

By Ryan Mavity

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Cape Gazette March 2, 2012

The dredges may be gone, but work on Rehoboth Beach by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Nat­ural Resources and Environmen­tal Control goes on, as bulldozers and excavators work on the out­fall pipes that carry stormwater into the ocean.

Stephen Rochette, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, said an excavator is work­ing to maintain drainage for the outfall pipes until the state is able to extend them.

Maintenance on the outfall pipes was a modification to the contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, which com­pleted beach replenishment in Rehoboth last month.

Michael Globetti, spokesman for Department of Natural Re­sources and Environmental Con­trol, said the excavator is keeping the ends of the stormwater out­fall pipes clear until extensions can be placed on the ends of the pipes.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper said during the 2005 beach re­plenishment, the outfall pipes were buried. The corps is now trying to keep the pipes open so they do not back up, and will be extending the pipes.

Rochette said it costs $1,200 to maintain the outfall pipes, which is being shared by DNREC and the corps. He said the corps is still waiting on proposals for the extension work.

Globetti said DNREC will be­gin work on the dunes as early as next week. 'The dune work in Dewey Beach was completed in two weeks’ time, but it may be that Rehoboth Beach will require less,” he said.

DNREC will raise the dunes to their height following the 2005 replenishment, 13.2 feet.

Cooper said the city has very little role in the project.