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Discharge Continued from page 1 Greg Ferrese said "we just spent $2 million to decrease nitrogen and phosphorous. We are doing everything we can." Schroeder emphasized that this is only an idea, and that there is no thought of any legislation. He merely wants to begin a dialogue, he said. "Can we do better?" he asked. "I think the answer is yes." If approved, Rehoboth's plant would continue to treat the waste. But the waste would then be sent to the West Rehoboth facility for disposal. That facility uses a spray irrigation system to spread the wastewater on land. Grass or other plants then use up many of those excess nutrients. Thus far, it's an idea that is Slots Continued fieom page 1 Downs and Harrington Race Track. He has developed legislation which would earmark $10 million of the income from those slot ma- chines every year to be used to fund water and sewer projects throughout the state. Schroeder would love to earmark funds for the West Rehoboth Sewer Dis- trict, but said legislation must ben- efit the entire state for it to have any chance of passage. Essentially, the measure would set up a way of funding that infra- structure. Schroeder notes that a survey several years ago estimat- ed that cost in the next 20 years of such state projects will be $620 million. Schroeder's bill would earmark the money for the wastewater fa- cilities advisory council, which then earmarks the money for po- tential projects. The legislation al- ready has the support of Sen. George Bunting Jr. (D-Bethany Beach), Rep. Shirley Price (D- Millville) and Sen. Bob Voshell (D-Milford). Schroeder said the $620 million cost may be low since the West Rehoboth Sewer District cost more than $75 million. "That is more than ten percent," Schroeder said, repeating his claim that West Rehoboth should be the state's highest funding priority for sewer because of the high cost. Schroeder said the issue is a statewide issue and he hopes for statewide support. In a related de- velopment, Price said this week that she continues to work on leg- islation that would cap Delaware's Rainy Day Fund and use the excess money to fund statewide water and sewer devel- opment. Schroeder will ask for funding this year's bond bill, he said, adding the state forced the issue with a moratorium in the West Rehoboth area, essentially forcing the development of a sewer sys- tem. "It is time we stepped up to the plate," he said. meeting with cautious approval. Ferrese said that the city would be willing to sit down with Schroeder to discuss the idea. "If he calls a meeting, we would like to hear what he has t say," Ferrese said. David Small, chief of the infor- mation and education office for the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) said that DNREC would like to see the canal dis- charge stopped. But he noted that Rehoboth Beach has just spent a lot of mon- ey to improve its plant, and he added that money is limited for additional sewer work, such as having the Rehoboth wastewater treated at the West Rehoboth fa- cility. County Administrator Bob Stickels said he wanted to make sure excess capacity of the West Rehoboth treatment plant was not lost. Schroeder's idea calls for the waste to be already treated, so that will not be a problem for the coun- ty. Although cautious, both Stick- CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, February 28. March 6, 1997 - U els and Small expressed support for the idea. "We would be glad to sit down...You are [eventually] probably going to see the EPA prohibit surface water discharge," Stickels said. Small also praised the idea, say- ing it's one of DNREC's goals. Elimination of point source dis- charges is also a goal of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conserva- tion and Management Plan. No action is expected soon. "I hope people will look at this as a way to begin to brainstorm," Schroeder said. "Nobody is wanti- ng to force anyone to do any- thing." "It [money already spent by the city] is a good investment and it's going to give them some time," Schroeder said, saying that spend- ing has helped to clean up the en- vironment of the inland bays. "Schroeder is right on target to begin the dialogue," Small said. Phosphorous is blamed for last summer's seaweed bloom in Re- hoboth Bay, according to College Continued on page 14 Roomy, Lakefront Courtyards Newly-designed, Garaged Villas Take Control of Your Life! Select a New Home in Elegant, Affordable Plantations Located in Lewes, Del. and within minutes of the ocean, when you select a home at Plantations, you know you've taken charge of your life. You have decided to move into the one location that parallels your lifestyle. 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