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UPS strike has ripple effect in Cape Region. pg. < Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 15 -Thursday, August 21, 1997 Volume 5, No. 12 Army Corps mulls Lewes beach and jetty project also halted the flow of sand onto Lewes Beach by the action of waves coming out of the Atlantic Ocean by frequent northeast winds. The Army Corps of Engineers recently completed a feasibility study for a $3,235,000 project aimed at reversing the erosion it feels is driven in part by the action of the federally constructed breakwa- ters. The project, which could begin as ear- ly as fiscal year 2000, includes: A 550 foot extension of the stone jetty on the east side of Roosevelt Inlet as long as and paralleling the stone jetty installed on the west side of the inlet a few years back; A 1,400 foot long beach berm, 100 feet wide and eight feet tall, extending eastward from Roosevelt Inlet and following the Angle Moon photo Breakwaters seen as origin of chronic erosion problem By Dennis Forney The construction of two stone breakwa- ters in the mouth of Delaware Bay provided a protected anchorage for vessels in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But that protection Warm August evening a time of reflection at Carey's Camp Carey's Camp wound up its 109th session near Millsboro this past week, with people traveling from far and wide to praise the Lord and enjoy the fellowship. For a better look inside camp meeting life, turn to page 22. alignment of the existing beach, including an additional 500 feet of linear taper to tie to the existing beach; A 1,400 foot long dune atop the berm reaching a height of 14 feet with a crest width of 25 feet, and the accompanying taper; Dune grass, dune fencing and periodic Continued on page 16 Sussex bald eagle poisoning case key witness disappears By Kerry Kester A witness for the federal government's case against Doug Sipple, 50, of George- town, a man facing prosecution on charges of killing protected birds, was whisked out of state and into hiding last week when the 10-year-old witness' mother lost faith that the government would protect her child until Sipple's October trial. Sipple faces federal charges of taking an endangered species (bald eagle), poisoning a bald eagle, unlawfully taking migratory birds and using a registered pesticide incon- sistent with labeling. Maximum penalties for convictions on the taking endangered species and poison- ing a bald eagle offenses include a year of imprisonment, $1,000 fine, a year of super- vised release and a $25 special assessment. The maximum penalty on an unlawfully taking a migratory bird conviction is six months of imprisonment and a $500 fine. The pesticide charge carries a 30-day imprisonment and $1,000 fine penalty with a conviction. According to Priscilla Jones, Sipple's for- mer wife, their child, Jacob Sipple, is the Continued on page 20 Sea lettuce, pfiesteria, clam loss raise Inland Bays health questions By Michael Short The inland bays have been making head- lines in recent weeks. News of sea lettuce blooms, testing for pfiesteria and clammers saying they are finding it harder and harder to scratch a living from the bays present a dim view. Several clammers met informally with Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials this week. John Hughes, the director of the Division of Water Resources, was there and so was Jack Pingree of DNREC, perhaps the state's foremost shellfish expert. The recent news has caused concern about the quality of the inland bays and questions about whether water quality is on the decline. Pfiesteria, which may or may not be present in Delaware, has caused the most concern and was even debated at this week's meeting of Sussex County Council. It even prompted County Councilman George Cole during the County Council session to ask Roy Miller of the DNREC Fisheries Division if he would swim in Indian River Bay. "Sure," replied Miller without hesitation. Bunting worried after the meeting with the clammers that not enough is being done to focus on the inland bays. He noted the high concentrations of sea lettuce, the pres- ence of fish along the East Coast with lesions and sores and discharges from towns and sewage plants into the bays as problems that need more attention. Those are familiar themes, but Bunting said perhaps more should be done. "The bays do not seem to be bouncing back," he said. "We have got to do something to start turning the tide." Bunting has written to the Center for the Inland Bays and spoken to DNREC Secre- tary Christophe Tulou about his concerns. Cliff Copp, a local clammer who owns Copp's Clams, attended the informal meet- ing and said that the state had the right idea when it tried to harvest sea lettuce, a com- mon seaweed which has increased in quani- ty because of excessive nutrient levels, this summer. He said that harvest, which stopped last month, should be resumed immediately. "This is going to kill the bay," he said. Copp said that he has had as many as 40 Continued on page 10