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12- CAPE GAZETI; Friday, At/gust29 " sbbei, 41997 Sewer Continued from page 1 Resources. Esposito said non- point source pollution is probably a bigger problem but agreed that point sources are also significant. Schroeder called Thursday's meeting, saying removing or elim- inating point Source discfiarges would be a big step toward clean- ing up the bays. He has specifical- ly called for removing the Re- hoboth Beach discharge from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and in- stead having the treated waste- waterhandled by the West Re- hoboth Sewer District's spray dis- charge system. But officials on Thursday were careful to avoid heating up on Re- hoboth Beach, which has recently spent $1.4 million to upgrade its sewage treatment plant. Both Schroeder and Esposito said the plant does a good job. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper, who said he doesn't want Rehoboth Beach to be a sacrificial lamb, suggested that the state buy land on Route 24 for the City to use as a site to dispose of its wastewater. County Administrator Bob Stickels hesitated about using the West Rehoboth facility because he's afraid that adding Rehoboth Beach might mean there isn't enough spray irrigation capacity. Instead, Stickels suggested that Rehoboth buy its own site for sewage disposal. Schroeder was joined Thursday by St@kels, Cooper, Sen. George Bunting, Department Of Natural Resources and Environmental Control :Secretary Christophe Tu- lou, Center for the Inland Bays Executive Director Bruce Richards, Esposito and Rep. Shirley Price. Center for the Inland Bays Ex- ecutive "Director Kent Price wasn't on the panel, but made'a presentation on inland bays pollu- tion. Schroe, der billed the meeting as a chance to begin working to solve the problem. "At least we have begun the process and done it in a cooperative [way]," Schroeder said. ".The whole point is to begin a discussion." Schroeder asked Esposito's of- fice to develop alternatives and options to pull those tliree point source discharges out of the bays. There are other discharges, but those three were singled out for potential action. Rehoboth Beach is allowed to discharge 3.2 million gallons per OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY AUGUST 31st 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Asphalt Continued from page 10 said it does not cause any water pollution. "It is a good environmental recy' cling effort," said Michael Hoy of Delmarva Power last week. Hoy estimated that 100 tons of ash could be used a year by the as- phalt plant. He was uncertain whether the asphalt plant would Michael Short photo Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Director of Water Resources Gerard Es- posito discusses inland bays pollution Thursday during a meeting of the minds with city, county and state offi- cials. day of treated sewage, but the ac- tual figure has never been that high. Co.oper said a daily average is probably closer to one million gallons per day. Esposito said the plant is held to a higher standard because of its location. The Milisboro plant is consid- ered a potential problem because of its location near the headwaters of Indian River. It can discharge a maximum of .566 million gallons daily. That area suffers from ex- cessive amounts of nitrogen. Schroeder suggested that perhaps the Millsboro plant could stop its discharge and could instead use the Stockley Center as a spray irri- gation site. ." "The bottom line is that there is ample land at Stockley," accord- ing to Schro.eder. The third site which Esposito's office will focus on is the dis- charge at Indian River Inlet by the Delaware Seashore State Park. That sewage system discharges at Indiafi River Inlet on the outgoing tide and Schroeder called for the state to pipe its sewage to the county's South Coastal Treatment Plant. That can be done, but it is ex- pected to cost about $530,000 in construction and connection fees, plus about $90,000 a year in treat- ment costs. The last figure is a 40 percent increase, but Bunting and Schroeder argued that the state should be leading by .-example. ."How can we say you do thi and we don't do it?" Bunting asked. 6e new or Would be relocated to the site. Hoy said he expected the tail. service to the plant to reduce truck traffic, often a criticism of asphalt plants. Asphalt plants proposed for the Georgetown area have prompted serious concern, includ- ing noise, dust and truck traffic. "We feel strongly the impact on residents will be minimal," Hoy said last week. "IA is a very envi- ronmentally conscious company.' Legal settlement requires state to develop maximum pollution standards for bays "By Michael Short tal Protection Agency by Widener standards are a maximum of-. 14 A .recent agreement which set- tled an environmental lawsuit means that a total maximum daily load (TMDL) of pollution will be established for Delaware's inland bays by the end of 1998. In plain English', that means the amount of pollution the bays can stand before they spiral downhill will be established. The TMDL's will be established for two key problems, levels of nitrogen and phosphorous. The agreement resolves a law- suit filed against the Environmen- University's Environmental Law Clinic for the American Littoral Society, its affiliate the Delaware River Keeper Network and the Sierra Club. The TMDL will be fast tracked for the inland bays, according to John Schneider. Schneider is man- ager of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC) watershed as- sessment section. Schneider said that some stan- dards have already been set for ni- trogen and phosphorous. Those milligrams per liter of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and a maxi- mum of .01 milligrams per liter.of dissolved inorganic phosphorous. The phosphorous level corre- sponds roughly with what Dr. Joanne Burkholder from North Carolina State University has said is a level at which pfiesteria can become a problem. PfieSteria is a microrganism responsible for ma- jor fish kills in North Carolina and it may be linked to fish kill prob- lems in the Pocomoke River this Continued on page 13 . . Seaside Training, AReh jeaae jraLn.tt . _ q Beach based training venture ,,a # F' ' ' " I " .. aura rtnerxip of Irst StateCommunJty Act,on II E_.l_=_ent Pa . - , , , II Agency, Inc., Is recru,tlng stu- II II dents for its September 8th class. 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