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6 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 1995 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Earth Day goals remain the same The goal of Earth Day 1995 should be the same as the goal for Earth Day 1970: to make us all more aware of and sensitive to the fragile environment we inhabit. At a time when legislators, under pressure from well-heeled corpo- rations, take new aim at important federal legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, our environmental sensibili- ties must be even keener. Almost all of us can see the great environmental strides made since that first Earth Day 25 years ago. And we don't have to look to obscure redwood forests or mountain lakes for evidence. John Stenger's first-person account of a group of students who successfully stood up for the dunes of Cape Henlopen 25 years ago inspires again in its retelling. Locally, hardly any more fitting cele- bration of Earth Day could have been held. The bay inside the point at Cape Henlopen has been reopened in the past five years for shellfishing because of tougher regulations that led to cleaner waters. Sbellfishing waters in Rehoboth and Indian River Bays have been reopened due to tougher regulation of effluent making its way into those waters and many say those waters are cleaner now than they've seen for years. Ospreys and eagles are around us now in greater numbers than we've seen in 35 years, due to tougher regulations, and numbers of rockfish (stripers) are so great that all limits may be lifted in 1996. (We're not so sure that's a good idea but it is definitely evidence that regulation - also known as management - has worked.) Despite all these gains, pressures on our environment due to rapid worldwide and local population increases will only continue and gain strength in the process. The worst thing we can do now is to sit back on the laurels of environmental gains and ease our vigilance or regulations. Bold steps were taken in the past to make those gains and we should remain prepared to take bold steps to protect and further enhance those gains. Letters Weather Picture Four cormorants take up positions on a pier allong Rehoboth's Silver Lake. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon April 21 April 29 May 7 May 14 The day the music died. Another response to Mr. Winlder Mr. Winkler is  it again. He contin- ues to use the local press to mislead read- ers and inaccurately ,report" beach ero- sion conditions and the forces or circum- stances that contribute to the loss of beach sands. I am responding specifical- ly to Winkler's letter which was con- cerned with Dewey Beach and the Indian River Inlet by-pass operation. Concerning Dewey Beach, I wonder what date Winkler has reviewed that leads him to state that the nourishment project there "has the appearance of fail- ing miserably and expensively"? If he has conducted a series of survey profiles that would allow a calculation of the total quantity of sand still in place from the project, I would welcome the opportunity to review this data. If, on the other hand, he is basing his opinion on visual inspection of the dry beach between the new dune and the ocean, he should be reminded of the shortsighted nature of this. The beaches within the mid-Atlantic region undergo a very large seasonal adjustment between summer and winter. The wide summer beach is routinely shortened by approxi- mately 100 feet when.more active winter surf conditions prevail. The sand bars in the nearshore area are inflated by the movement of the sand off the dry beach, resulting in the breaking of waves further out in the water. The return of calm conditions in the spring and through the summer results in the sand bars migrating onto the beach and the beach widening to the width approxi- mately that of the previous summer Due to the occurrence of this seasonal change, we conduct surveys of the beach, measuring the profile from the dunes, or from buildings, across the dry beach, and out into the water to a depth of 30 feet. This provides us with a snapshot of the total quantity of sand in the full beach system profile. This is the standard established by practicing coastal engi- neers to avoid the mistakes Winkler may be guilty of in making valuative judg- ment based on unquantified, visual observations of a beach condition. How many remember the sales tech- nique of the artificial seaweed promoters that was based on installing their product along the shoreline in March, only to come back in August and claim all the sand that had accumulated was credited to their miraculous product? If Winkler is judging Dewey Beach in March, I invite him back in August to take another look, In the meantime, we will conduct our winter survey in the next few weeks and report on the total sand remaining within the project area.. The internationally acclaimed Indian River Inlet by-pass system makes an interesting target for Winkler to criticize next. This facility has been touted in the coastal engineering community as one of the finest, most efficient by-pass opera- tions in the world and has been visited by engineers and government officials from all over the globe. But in Winkler's opinion, it is not doing the job well enough. The Corps of Engineers calculates that, on average, 100,000 to 105,000 cubic yards of sand per year pass along the Q . beach at the entrance to Indian River Inlet. The operation is managed with an eye toward bypassing the amount of sand that nature moves along the shoreline in this location. The pumping is carefully monitored to record total volumes of sand pumped on an annual cycle, allowing the system operators the ability to increase or decrease capacity if needed. The by-pass operation is not in use during the height of the summer beach recreation season at the request of the Continued on page 8 Wriit iiii!!iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!!!iiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iii!iiiiiii!i!iiii!iii!i!!iill!iiiii!i Volume 2 No. 48 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vemon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecki Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzbr Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Betty Fleming Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angle Moon Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "One of the most delighful things about a garden is the anticipa- tion it provides." * W.E. Johns