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16 - CAPE GAZEq[q[, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 Mgae Continued frompage 15 mental Control (DNREC) said that Mertes may have very well gotten a staph infection from swimming in the bays. He said there are periodic reports of prob- lems like ear infections, gastroen- tefitis and throat infections. But he said those reports are pe- riodic and that there is some risk even from swimming "in pristine waters." Still both local residents are convinced that the time is right to take stronger action. "I got a serious staph infection last summer from the bay and I know of others that have too. It's time some action was taken," Mertes wrote. She has also con- tacted Jim Lavelle, a Dewey Beach Commissioner Metres noted that sea lettuce left from last summer's sea weed bloom remained in place all win- ter and she said that similar prob- lems this season could negatively impact business around the bay area. She also said she found large numbers of dead clams at low tide this winter and that they could be gathered by the bushel full. "Far be it for me to hurt the area, but they have sat on this long enough," she said. Mertes said she worries about the health of the bay and about whether people should be clam- ming where she found the dead clams laying exposed. She said that she could barely walk after contracting her infection (she has since completely recovered). "My son has told me 'Mother, you aren't to go out there,"' she said. Marsch pointed to an article in 1994 in the "Philadelphia In- quirer" which said that the toxic algae, which is actually part plant and part animal and which may be responsible for fish kills, could be responsible for severe mood swings and loss of memory in a Durham, N.C. researcher who was studying the algae. Marsch said he regards North Rehoboth Bay'as a sacrificial lamb. He doesn't blame Rehoboth Beach, which has just spent $2 million to upgrade its sewer plant to remove nutrients before they enter the canal. But he does blame the state and federal government because he says they leaned on Rehoboth to use a canal discharge instead of a land treatment "system as is now used by the West Rehoboth Sewer District. "The more people we get down here, the more we have to work to keep it clean," he said. "Let's protect what we have be- fore we lose it." He noted that Price has said last year's bloom of sea lettuce in the inland bays may be linked to high phosphorous levels. The Rehoboth plant is a major source of phosphorous, but is only one of many sources of nu- trients and is far from the only source of pollution in the bays. Marsch said that people who wanted to use land treatment were once called "crazies" but he feels vindicated that the county's treat- ment plant using land disposal is now winning awards. He said the state and federal government should provide funding to help Rehoboth stop discharging into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. "So much money was spent to convince bureaucracy that it is not environmentally sound to dump waste water into surface water," Marsch said. Classic Kitchens VISIT OUR SHOWROOM "We specialize in custom kitchen work, counters, cabinets, flooring. When I leave the job, it's done right." m Ron Connor, proprietor Classic Kitchens 1111 Five Pointe Plaza Next to Western Auto 645-5810 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday beginning May 1 S Dennis Forney photo Cape Region deer population continues to climb The white-tail deer population at Cape Henlopen State Park continues to grow each year with evening herds on the parade grounds frequently surpassing 20 in number. State offi- cials continue to review a number of options for controlling the herd including increased hunting pressure in the areas immediately surrounding the park. Increased development in Delaware's Cape Region, reducing available natural habitat, makes Cape Henlopen State Park's protected pinewoods, dunes and marshes increasingly at- tractive to the deer. Officials fear however that increasing numbers of deer will take their toll on vegetation. Property owners in communities surrounding Cape Henlopen State Park - including Hen- lopen Acres, North Shores and Cape Shores - are already finding that deer enjoy their orna. mental shrubbery more for its taste than for its aesthetic appeal. This photo shows a mother and two fawns feeding in an edge near the officer's club in the Lewes end of the Cape park. Seaside untry Store • Dept. 56 • PenDelfin Family • Daddy's Long Legs • Byers' Choice Carolers • Santa's Crystal Valley • Tom Clark Gnomes • Cat's Meow Village • Lizzie High Dolls • Afghans • Quilts & Rugs • Halloween Corner • Pottery & Glassware • Silk & Dried Flowers • Christmas Shop • Heritage lace • Bath Shop "The Most Unusual Store on the Shore" Freshly Made Gourmet Foods Unique Antiques & Fudge & Cheeses Clothing Collectibles :Now Open y, Saturday, Sunday and Monday • Ocean Highway Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (302) 539-6110 NO SALES TAX Exceptional Gifts