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12 - CAPE G ZETrE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 Schroeder group still seeking bays solutions By Michael Short The session was short on specifics, but long on consensus. On Friday, Jan. 9, the "Schroed- er Committee" met for the third time to try to move ahead with cleanup efforts in Rehoboth, Little Assawoman and Indian River bays. The committee is named for Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes), who has pushed hard to remove pollution sources, especially sew- er plants, from the bays. The committee consists of state and local officials and Friday&apos;s session was expected to result in some specifics, but no real priori- ties were set. Instead, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials said they will meet with members of the agricultural community to get more data on the potential impact of farming on the bays. Some of the data developed by DNREC was incorrect and farm- ers let state officials know that in an intense session on Jan. 5. Schroeder asked DNREC to meet with Delaware Agriculture Secre- tary Jack Tarburton and Sussex County Farm Bureau President Joseph Calhoun to develop better statistics on issues like the amount of phosphorous that runs into the inland bays. "We think Delaware agriculture will step up to the plate. We know that it will," said Delaware Divi- sion of Soil and Water Conserva- tion John Hughes. The first sessions of the com- mittee have focused on removing three sewer discharges from the inland bays, specifically the treat- ment plants of Rehoboth Beach, Millsboro and Delaware Seashore State Park. The committee membership in- cludes Schroeder, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels, Cen- ter for the Inland Bays Executive Director Bruce Richards, Rep. Shirley Price (D-Ocean View) and Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany Beach). Hughes has also played an ac- tive role as has DNREC Director Water Resources Director Jerry Esposito makes a point during Friday's discussion of ways to clean up Delaware's inland bays. of Water Resources Jerry Esposi- to. While focusing on sewer plants, the committee has tried to balance the best way to protect the environment while making good use of limited dollars. The impact of fanning and of septic systems and whether additional areas around the inland bays should be using central sewer, are also under debate. Ultimately, the committee will have to make hard choices about how to spend its limited dollars and cents. While there were no priorities set, there was general agreement that everyone bears part of the re- sponsibility for polluting the bays. Schroeder said the bays can't be cleaned quickly because it has taken years to cause their degrada- tion. He has said repeatedly that he isn't trying to single out farm- ers or any other group and has also said that no one is talking about mandating any requirements for farmers. Farmers were left smarting after that Monday meeting. Earlier in the day at a Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) meeting, CIB board member Greg McCabe said "we [farmers] are all environmental- ists. We want to clean up the bays as much as anyone,but we have our livelihood to consider." "Hopefully, it is becoming clear there is no silver bullet [solu- tion]," said Environmental Protec- tion Agency representative Charles App. Schroeder said the agriculture committee will have 90 days to come up with accurate informa- tion. But in the meantime, he thinks the committee can move ahead and set priorities in other areas. "In the next 90 days, we hope we can reach unanimity in the pri- orities. The bottom line is let's at least begin the implementation," Schreeder said. "If we can contin- ue being proactive, hopefully, we ca save these bays." Center pushes Maryland-style 'tributary approach' to help bays By Michael Short When in doubt, think locally. That's the idea behind a new approach by the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB). The center is developing a proposal to consider a more localized "tributary approach" to protecting the bays. At its most basic level, the approach means breaking a large watershed into smaller areas and then involving the farm- ers, businesses and other people affected in that area to become involved. Such people are called stakeholders, which just means they have an interest. The center decided on Friday, Jan. 9, to develop such an approach. "It might be a way for us to come together," said Jim Al- derman of the Inland Bays Citizens Adviso- ry Committee. Maryland has taken such an approach in dealing with the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware would be borrowing a page from its neighbor to the west. "It is an obvious next step," said Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA) official Charles App. The theory is that people are more con- cerned about protecting their neighbor- hood. It's an approach that tries to localize issues and bring them home to people. CIB Chair Pat Campbell-White said that when she tried to solicit money for local water quality efforts, "they [neighbors] were ex- cited because they could see something happening in their backyard." Maryland has 10 tributary teams working on the Chesapeake. In other news, another workshop is planned to consider a possible water-use plan. The fourth public workshop to devel- op a water-use plan for Delaware's inland bays is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The session will be held at the Uni- versity of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies, Cannon Building, Room 104, in Lewes. The overall goal of the project is to ad- dress the many competing and potentially conflicting uses of the inland bays and to strive for a balance between protecting the bays' natural resources and allowing for public use for current and future genera- tions. More specifically, the plan will be designed to focus on four main areas: to provide enjoyable and safe recreational ex- periences for the general public; to benefit and protect existing bay uses; to provide convenient and adequate access to the bays; and to protect and enhance the bays' living resources, habitat and water quality. During the initial public workshops, held in June, August and October 1997, a num- ber of important issues and concerns were identified by interested citizens. The issues that received the greatest amount of atten- tion included habitat and environmental concerns, regulations and enforcement, land use planning and development, recre- ational boating and marinas and education. All interested groups and individuals are invited. Those planning to attend the meet- ing should be prepared to provide input into developing a water-use plan that is well- conceived and balances protection of the bays' resources and accommodates tradi- tional recreational uses. For more information, contact Jim Falk, with the university's Sea Grant Marine Ad- visory Service at 645-42354 or e-mail him at <JamesFalk@>. Center For Inland Bays to Late 0bitaarles ask state to open its coffers retiredB00CkineElizabethRice'bookkeeper Brackine Elizabeth Rice, 62, of Mil- By Michael Short The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will be asking for $250,000 in state funding every year. When the center was created, the legislation specifically said that there would be no state funding. That was the leverage Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) needed to help the leg- islation pass the legislature without any po- tential stumbling blocks. Funding for the center now comes from grants and other sources, including the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency. The CIB is charged with protecting Delaware's three inland bays. The CIB mem- hands." "The thing that has changed is that Pfieste- ria raised its ugly head. Nuisance seaweed has raised its ugly head," said Kent Price, the for- mer chair of the CIB. Price noted that huge amounts of money are now being spent at the federal level to combat such problems. He said that algae blooms and similar prob- lems are just symptoms of a deteriorating envi- ronment. bers agreed to ask for state funding, although - the members of the legislature have long memories and are likely to remember the no- state-funding provision. CIB Chair Pat Campbell-White, speaking at the Jan. 9 meeting, said that things have changed and "we have grown up a little bit. But I am going to have a big sales job on my The money being PRICE spent on issues like Pti- esteria or cleaning up Delaware's sea lettuce is only treating the symptoms of the problem, he said. Price called it smarter to deal with larger is- sues and said funding for the CIB can help do that. ton, and formerly of Lewes, died of heart failure at home on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998. She was born in Lewes, the daughter of the late William Brack Porter and Vera Holston Porter. She was a retired" bookkeeper. She is survived by a son, William B. Porter of Lewes, and three daughters, Wanda A. Brand of Angola, and Brenda B. Scbel- lenger and Linda R. Morrow, both of Lewes; a sister Rosalie I. Schmitt; and a brother, Herschel F. Porter, both of Lewes; eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and her longtime friend and companion, W. Dallas Warrington of Milton. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, at 11 a.m., from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Route 24 in Long Neck. Friends may call one hour prior to ser- vices. Dr. Charles M. Moyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethel Methodist Cemetery in Lewes. Mary Santangelo, former Rehoboth resident Mary Santangelo, 89, of Norwood, N.J., and formerly of Rehoboth Beach, died at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Norwood on Friday, Jan. 9, 1998. She was born in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of the late Anthony Januzzi and Rose Callelo Januzzi. Her husband, Anthony, died in 1987. She is survived by two daughters, Loucia J.Morel, of Wellesley, Mass., and Made Jiancola of Princeton, N.J.; and a sister, Lena Deming of Dewey Beach. Graveside services will be held on Sat- urday, Jan. 17, 1998, at 1 p.m., at Ep- worth Methodist Church Cemetery in Rehoboth Beach. The Rev. Roman Stadtmueller will of- ficiate.