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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 Inland Bays water use plan starts to focus on solutions By Michael Short Jim Falk said those working to develop an Inland Bays water use plan have a "window" of opportu- nity. Falk held the most recent public session on development of a plan on Thursday, Oct. 9. A water use plan is seen as a way of helping protect the Inland Bays by balanc- ing recreational uses of the bay with protection of the environ- ment. More public sessions are planned in the near future. It's a delicate balancing act and Falk of the University of Delaware Sea Grant's Marine Ad- visory Service, is walking a bit of a tightrope. But he said a window of opportunity exists because of attention given to the bays be- cause of pfiesteria, sea lettuce and other bad environmental news. "They are paying more attention to this resource than ever before," Falk said. A water use plan is not intended to be heavy handed and Falk has stressed that the process is open to the public. Public input is welcome and Thursday's ses- sion was no exception. There were no final decisions made by those in attendance. But previous meet- ings have resulted in 17 different water use concerns being devel- oped. Those concerns, each of which has potential solutions, are: • too few marine enforcement officers • boaters cruising in shallow water can cause bottom scouring and erosion. • inland bays users enter re- source protection areas and dam- age submerged aquatic vegetation plantings • marinas and boating facilities are sources of pollutants. • buoys and markers are ineffec- tive at directing boaters in the bays. • high speed boats may cause erosion. • inland bays boaters are unfa- miliar with the impact of boat re- lated pollution. • personal watercraft safety con- cerns need to be considered. • degraded habitat areas result in an ecosystem less likely to sup- port living resources. • increased development limits access to the bays. • boating congestion • unrestricted development of marinas, docks and piers. • navigation channels aren't ad- equately maintained. • habitat restoration efforts need more adequate funding. • watercraft in shallow areas can be in conflict with other water users. • future boating increases may exceed the capacity of the bays • conflicts occur between water- craft and certain types of fishing equipment like crab.pots. Much of the discussion on Thursday focused on how tourism and the environment are linked. Potential user fees were briefly discussed and several people said the connection between healthy bays and summer visitors can't be overlooked. Peck Continued from page 1 rooms or in the cafeteria, while Lewes Volunteer Fire Department paramedics attended Peck and Walls. Burrows said the incident was senseless. The fight erupted after one of the boys, while having lunch, sneezed on his own sand- wich. "The other guy was making fun of him," said Burrows. Emo- tions then started to escalate until the two boys lost control in an up- stairs hallway. "It got real vicious," said Bur- rows, who said that is unusual for that type of fight. Soon after Peck reached Hall, and before she was injured, the other administrators, hall monitors and teachers arrived at the scene, said Burrows. "They just didn't want to quit, even after we got there. That's the unusual part of this." Suellen Skeen, Cape Henlopen School District superintendent, said she was "very distressed" to learn of Peck's injury. Skeen was unable to comment on specifics of the incident, because she sits with the board during student hearings. "I assume, this will come before the board," said Skeen. She explained that she is re- quired to limit the amount of in- formation she may receive when a serious problem arises, because she must remain impartial if a case requires a hearing, with the board. "We make decisions separate and apart from the legal system. Our burden of proof is different," she said. The boys are now facing two separate types of consequences for the school fight: legal and school proceedings. According to the discipline policy, the boys' of- fenses could result in their expul- sions. The process for the disci- plinary action begins at the school-site level. 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