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Jim Cresson photo It was "cukes away" as Inland Bays Citizen Monitoring Pro- gram volunteer Ed Whereat dumps a load of color-coded cu- cumbers into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal under Freeman Bridge, July 25. Joe Farrell, monitoring team coordinator, sits in the stern of the boat and explains the low-tech and highly resourceful method of measuring current direction and flow rates. Citizen monitoring group stu ties current flows in Lewes- Rehoboth Canal By Jim Cresson When it comes to judging water current flows with color-coded cucumbers, it pays to be persist- ent. That somewhat addled adage applied to the work done Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26, by volunteers with the Inland Bays Citizen Monitoring Program in their attempt to measure in which direction, how far and how fast the water currents flow through the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The volunteers dumped about 150 brightly painted cucumbers into strategic locations of the canal at the beginning of a flood tide Tuesday and collected them at the end of the flood tide later that day. The cukes were set afloat under the Freeman Bridge in Lewes, near the site of the Lewes Waste Water Treatment Plant effluent outfall, and under the Rehoboth Avenue bridge. Unfortunately, a stiff nor'easter- ly wind combined with the wakes of many recreational boats tra- versing the canal sent the floating cucumbers into the canal shore- line, where they remained until the volunteers picked them up. "It was essentially a bust," said Joe Farrell, the University of Delaware marine advisory and re- source management specialist who oversees the monitoring pro- gram. "We didn't learn much from Tuesday's experiment, because the cukes didn't get much chance to flow with the incoming tide." Farrell and his crew of volun- teers were undaunted by the first attempt, however, and re- turned to the canal on a rainy Wednesday afternoon to try again. The second try proved immensely successful, he said. "We put 46 cukes overboard at the Freeman Bridge and recov- ered a good 95 percent of them af- ter the incoming tide," said rell. "They had traveled an ing four-to-five miles, against the prevailing soul wind. Most of the cukes were re- covered around Henlopen Acres and Rehoboth, after just one in- coming tide." Farrell said the experiment was surprising to members of the Citi- zen Monitoring Program, because they had not expected the cucum- bers to flow that far toward the Rehoboth Bay. "We're very encouraged by those results," he said. "Of course, we can't draw too many conclu- sions from one experiment, but if I were to suggest anything, I'd suggest Lewes begin releasing its treated effluent on the outgoing tides only from now on." The preliminary information gathered from that one successful experiment may go a long way to- ward relieving some of the onus usually associated with the Re- hoboth Beach Waste Water Treat- ment Plant for its role in releasing nitrogen and phosphorus into the inland bays. It appears that Lewes' treated effluent is a bigger factor in the inland bays woes than had been previously suspected. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 - 11 '29 FORD SINCE BSO NEXT ROUND SEVEN Open cab roadster, black with black convert- Ible top. Full restoration to show quality. Very rare. $16,900 .... 22 A Senior National Winner at last years Orlando show. Meticulously restored. $35,000 Dark graphite metallic, tan leather, one owner, 60,000 original miles, big body SE, all factory options, alloys, PW roof. $27,900 Kingfisher blue, cream leather, 45,000 original miles, every option including V-12 motor. We have 3 to choose from. $24,900 Dark teal metallic, graphite leather. All options, 53,000 original miles. All books & service up to date. $16,900 All Originall White over red, 42,000 miles, just like new, only one owner. $12,900 Light silver, black canvas top. Every factory optfan including sport & rollover package. 24,000 original miles. Factory warranty. We have 6 to choose from, $34,500 I restoration and wide body turbo fit. This car has been very tastefully done. You must see & drive itl Fast, tight & very reliable. $37,500 '69 911 Porache "85 Vette Coupe '49 ,95 Jag Cony. '75 BMW 2002 '97 Jag XJ6 '97 Tracker 4 door '89 Vette Coupe '98 VW Passat '96 BMW 328 IC '58 MGA Cony. '61 Corvette '97 BMW 328 IC '95 Volvo 850 '68 MB 250 SL '65 Austin