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Carper Continued from page 1 strong farm economy," Carper said. "Most of the farmers I know are some of the best stewards of the land." Carper and others stressed that farming and poultry farming are' one cause, but only one cause of pollution problems, And while Carper hammered on the idea of preserving agriculture, he struck equally hard on the issue of main- taining clean water supplies. Carper told the committee that he wants a report by the end of the calendar year and that he wants to include findings by the committee in his annual state of the state ad- dress. The commitment appears to be there, but the question is how to balance the environment and the farming community as Delaware and other stales deal with what are expected to be strin- gent pollution limits. Delaware and other states must comply with federal requirments to develop Total Maximum Daily Loading [TMDL] limits for wa- terways like the inland bays and Nanticoke River. Those limits will require severe limits and they came at the business end of a court order after a lawsuit over the Pilothouse Continued from page 1 Board of Public Works (BPW) General Manager Ruth Ann Ritter said the developers sent their pro- posed engineering plans to George, Miles and Buhr and that George, Miles and Buhr.had given a price of $3,100 to review the documents for the B'PW. "They [the developers] have paid for the review and it is underway," said Ritter. Petition opposes plan Meanwhile, a petition being cir- culated around downtown Lewes opposes the plans as they current- ly stand. "We're a loosely organized group of concerned people who are primarily worried about the scale and size of the proposed pro- ject," said Lou Braithwaite who owns the Stepping Stone in down- town Lewes. "I personally am not opposed to development of that property but the size of what's proposed does concern me." Braithwaite said the petition has garnered more than 450 signa- tures. "We plan to present it to the Mayor and Council, the Lewes Planning Commission and the Commercial Architecture Review Commission next week," said Braithwaite. "And we will contin- ue to collect signatures in the mean time." The petition reads as follows: "We, the undersigned, are op- posed to the proposed Pilothouse Project as is has been presented by the developers. We believe this project will not in any way en- hance the quality of life in Lewes, or the commercial viability of the downtown business community. U.S. Clean Water Act "It's an issue whose time has come," said Phil Cherry, the leg- islative liasion for Carper. Carper has appointed Cherry to head a task force made up of the depart- ment heads of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmen- tal Control and Delaware Devel- opment Office. If Delaware does not take action to limit poUution, especially from poultry farming, the Environmen- tal Protection Agency appears ready to do so. "[If we don't do it,] somebody is going to come in and try to solve it for us," Carper said. Carper said that he favors coop- eration, not regulation. But com- mittee members, including "Chip" West have already said that if fan0ers don't voluntarily cut pollution, they are likely to face mandatory regulation. So, what are the answers? Both Carper and Cherry sai.d there is probably no 'silver bul- let" answer. But there are several potential ideas being studied and consid- ered as a way to deal with massive waste problems caused by chick- en manure. One preliminary study is considering whether poultry manure can be burned as a fuel. On the contrary, this massive building will permanently block the view of Lewes' historic har- bor; will create unsafe pedestrian and vehicular situations; will greatly increase traffic on a road- way of limited size; and due to the minimal amount of parking pro- vided; will exacerbate the short- age of parking. This project is in- compatible with the acceptable criteria of the Lewes City Code in that it bears no relationship to the scale, historic values, "or heritage of Lewes (Sec 70-62 and See 70- 63). "We strongly urge you to con- sider carefully the size and scope of this project, its negative impact on the intimate character of the city of Lewes and the dangerous precedent it would set for future development. We would also sup- port your Consideration of more appropriate alternative uses for the Boatyard property." The Pilothouse project includes parking on the ground level, 18 re- tail shops on the Front Street level and 24 condominium residences at the second- and third-story levels above Front Street. The project also includes an open archway in- tended to maintain visibility of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal from Front Street and public and private boat slipslined up along the canal side of the propertyand a public walkway extending along the full length of the canal side of the pro- ject. Kiernan and Moore have con- tracted to purchase the property from the Dale Parsons family which operates Lewes Boatyard. The property is zoned commer- cial, which permits the uses pro- posed by the developers. The boat yard is a nonconform- ing use. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - U A draft distributed at the meet- ing said that Conectiv and Purdue have both expressed some interest in potentially using poultry ma- nure as a fuel, if it proves feasible. Another idea is adding phytase to poultry food. That compound would allow chickens to better di- gest the natural phosphorus found in grains. Because such phospho- rus can not be used, extra phos- phorus must be added, which means that poultry manure con- tains more phosphorus. Tom Sims from the University of Delaware said that an estimated 90 percent of Sussex County agri- cultural land already contains ei- ther optimal or excessive phos- phorus levels. 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