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Cape azette ] Cape Region residents react to Chesapeake watershed By Meliss; Steewle melissast Officials embark on phase of plans to clean hesapeake Bay water- ,.y are writing a new 1 the conflict between egulation and property communities west of them are included in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Land-use regulation was a sore spot for Felton resi- dent Robert Dennis. "You referred to 'we' qhite of- ten, but the 'we' you refer to doesn't include me or my n t- door neighbor," he said, follow- uring arecent meeting ing DNREC's presentation on over, residents attend- bcused on the costs as- with cleaning up the rs. These costs range acing septic systems to waterfront property to aent erosion. ment of Natural Re- d Environmental Con- tary Collin O'Mara said would have access to l low-interest loans to operty improvements, weren't buying it. 3untry is $14 trillion in stormwater, wastewater and sed- iment improvements that prop- erty owners will be expected to adopt. Improvements reducing pollu- tion in local waterways h Te been made, but DNREC environ- mental scientist Jennifer Volk said there is stilIwork to be done-. "It is difficult, and costlg" she said. "Doing nothing is not an option." The third phase of the plan, laying out specific punitive measures for continuing to pal- it's growing," said Jan- lute the Chesapeake Bay water- her of Camden. "This" shed, is scheduled for comple- ;broke. I'm sorry, I just tion by 2017. By then, O'Mara w where you t_bink the said, there will be incentives and 11 come from." grants for low-income families, vironmental Protection or possibly property-transfer requiring states whose payments in cases where a prop- feed into the Chesa- erty owner has absolutely no to do something to re- money to make improvements. As star the latest Up the C shed, th, chapter i land-use owners. [ held in E ing were : sociated waterwa: from rep] buffering stop sedh Depar sources trol Secre residents grants an pay for p but many "This c debt, and ice Galla country i: don't knc money w The En Agency waterva peake Ba. -duce pollution - most visible when it p :oduces algae blooms. Dela'wa re officials laid out the first phi se of the watershed clean-up plan in 2010 and sub- mitted it to the EPA. State offi- cials are now fine-tuning ways resident and municipalities within the Chesapeake Bay wa- tershed c; m decrease the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sed- iment that flows from their prop- erties int( ) the bay. Georg town, Ellendale and Yard w The D Resouro In the meantime, O'Mara said he welcomes residents to sign up for various subcommittees as DNREC begins to finalize the second phase of the EPA's Chesapeake watershed program. The subcommittees will individ- ually address wastewater on-site water, public lands, and other land-use subjects. For more in- formation on the plan, go to swc/wa/Pages/Chesapeake_WI P.aspx. lste ban lifted thru Sept. 10 partment of Natural tional circumstances and hard- s and Environmental. Ships faced by landowners indis- Control I as extended the lifting posing of their yard' waste. Burn of a stat .wide yard waste ban approvals will be prioritized and throug],Saturday, Sept. 10, to allowed in a manner that mini- help DelaWareans cleaning up mizes air:quality impacts. from Hurricane Irene who are Detawareans are still encour- finding it. difficult to dispose of aged to keep their yard waste downed rees and fallen limbs :Separated from household, trash DNREC ill- also consider, on a and to take it to a Delaware Solid case-by-ase basis, applications Waste Authority facility, yard for bug yard waste associat- waste dr0p-off site, or to a pri- ed with,he hurricane until Sat- vate coini)any that accepts yard urday, Oct. 1; when the annual waste in order to preset:re land- statewidopen burning ban ex- fill space and to provide valuable pires. Api0rovals for burning will material to the mulch and cam: be based on a review of excep- posting indUstries. Donal d J. Foraker, Jr.;.CPA * I Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor We do more than just taxes .... Bookkeeping & Quickbooks Assistance - Business Advice for all entity types LOcal Online Pavroll Service... and morel Located at 19606 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach I (800)748-0354 NEWS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6 - 3-HURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 8.2Oll 5 B Beebe Medical Foundation