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
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.