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22 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 NFWS C, al:l Gazette Rehoboth Continued from page 21 ronmental impact statement on Rehoboth's project. The proposed ocean outfall will cost an estimated $34 mil- lion, paid for through federal loans and loans from the state's Clean Water Revolving Fund. The outfall pipe would start at the Rehoboth wastewater treat- ment plant off State Road and lead to a diffuser located 6,000 feet off Deauville Beach, north of the Boardwalk. The project in- cludes upgrades to the waste- water treatment plant, The meeting was triggered by the state funding; the environ- mental impact statement is man- dated per the environmental re- view procedures of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the public input represents the first step in the state's environmental review of Rehoboth's project. The meeting was sparsely attended; less than 20 people showed up, not includ- ing city, state, county or federal officials. The environmental impact statement will be prepared by the city's engineers, Stearns and Wheler/GHD, and will address the purpose and need for the project, other alternatives con- sidered, the environment affect- ed by the project, environmental consequences and a cost-benefit analysis. Greg Pope, of DNREC's Finan- cial Assistance Branch, said the draft of the environmental im- pact statement would be submit- ted next summer, followed by a public hearing and a final deci- sion next fall. The draft of the environmental impact statement was expected earlier next year, but the date was pushed back for data collected from a buoy at the proposed dif- fuser site to be incorporated into the document. City engineers will collect data for two months this year and for RYAN MAVITY PHOTO GREG POPE of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Financial Assistance Branch speaks at a public meeting on an envi- ronmental impact statement the de- partment is preparing on Rehoboth Beach's proposed ocean outfall project. another two months early next sumlner. Pope said the department has not yet established a preferred alternative, although Sussex County Engineer Mike Izzo said the conclusions of two joint studies by the city and Sussex County showed ocean outfall was the best option. John Schneider of DNREC said the city will have to address pollutants and water quality is- sues within the environmental .impact statement, including the ssue of bacteria. He said the city would also have to get several state and fed- eral permits before it can move forward with constructing the outfall. Although most of the public comment was limited to ques- "tions about the project, citizens did proyide comments, which will be included in the scoping of the environmental impact state- ment. Rehoboth resident Mabel Granke said, "The reason all of this got started was because there was the desire to really put teeth into the fact that this state wants to save the Inland Bays. I think that has to be the overarch- ing goal. What is best for the In- land Bays?" "Our iGoal . Pai Control" G',mesh Bah, M.D., Eric Ledford, D.C. Michael Sharkey, D.C, Lewes 33664 Savannah Rd,,. Near Beebe Hospital Newark 1 CeuOtriaa Dr. #101 Near Ehristiana Hospital. Dover " 240 Bei =pr Blvd. #291. Near Kraft Foods Seaford 8957 Middleford lid. Near Naaticoke Hospital L .... llll II' I I Ill'll ............ eci FURNITURE C.7 Upt0 50% 0fi Wicker & Rattan Living Rooms! Upto 40% off Dining Rooms! O~ We're on Highway 9, 4 miles east of Georgetown, DE 302.856.6365 www.beschefurnitu re.com i_,~..~,,,Dei~7 on.. ,.or.~, rs .of $7..50..00 or_, ._n~eL pe~deliv, ery, up t.o 50 miles from George--...,.Delaware, wtlhill Delaware and MaPjland. Re,J~2~/al of what is old and displaced also .~ u~. ~.u~,=~,,! ~ usam~/mjme ~.n .nsaan omrenouse, whereupon a cnardaole donation receipt for your tax purposes IS available on request. Cash discount offered on ~u~ ul ~ouu.c,'.J or ~ n pala oy C~n, personal CtleCK O aeoit card. Customer carne~ discount offered on orders of $500.00 or more, some re~btclions apply.