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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30- MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 9 2 million gallons overflow; officials say no harm done By Melissa Steele showed bacteria and nutrient levels at a fraction of what they normally register. Two million gallons ofuntreat- A test for total suspended ed wastewater from the City of solids that normally reads 200- Lewes treatment plant flowed in- 300 parts per million came-in at to local waterways following su- 50 parts per million following perstorm Sandy, but state and lo- Sandy's rain deluge. Nutrient cal officials say bacteria levels readings, likewise, dropped from were heavily diluted by rainfall, normal levels of 250-300 parts so the overflow should have no per million'to 20.7 parts per mil- lasting effects on waterlife, lion - well below 10 percent, "We are confident that there Gordon said. was no harm done to life or envi- "If you take that as the average ronment from our operations of of all the overflow that ran into the wastewater treatment plant the marsh, a total of about 40 gal- during the Sandy hurricane," Ions of waste flowed,onto the said Darrin Gordon, general marsh," Gordon said. manager for Lewes Board of Department of Natural Re- Public Works. sources and Environmental Con- The overflow is defined as raw trol Secretary Collin O'Mara said sewage because it is untreated wastewater that flowed into wastewater, Gordon said. About Lewes tributaries contained min- 2.2 million gallons overflowed imal waste. Lewes' Howard Seymour waste- Because of flooding thoughout water treatment plant's capacity the Inland Bays watershed, as a early moming Oct. 30, following precautionary measure Oct. 29, a mandatory evacuation of DNREC officials closed the Lewes Oct. 29, he said. Delaware Bay, Atlafitic Ocean However, much of the over- and Inland Bays to shellfish har- flow was rainwater, vesting. The shellfish harvest Water tests conducted imme- diately after the storm's peak Continued on page 12 Education key to Clean water More stormwater filters needed, O'Mara says By Melissa Steele hind high levels of bacteria in the Inland Bays, a direct result of stormwater runoff, O'Mara said. The state's top environmental- The focus for groups such as ist says more education - not the Center for the Inland Bays more regulation - is what will should be on educating commu- improve area water quality, nities and residents about the "I'm not sure we can get to importance of containing where we want to be with regu- stormwater, he said. lations," said Department of Nat- The benefits of reducing ural Resources and Environmen- stormwater runoff and prevent- tal Control Secretary Collin O'- ing it from entering waterways Mara during a recent Center for were evident following super- the Inland Bays Citizens Action storm Sandy. Communities that Committee meeting, have invested in rain gardens and When superstorm Sandy left other ways to filter bacteria and the Delaware shores, she left be-Continued on page 12 Thomas David on Welcomes Christie DeMartin (formerly of Head Mechanics Salon) Call for Appointment 302-827-2466 THE SHOPS AT PAYNTER'S MILL NEXT TO THE KITCHEN 16388 SAMUEL PAYNTER BLVD., SUITE 101 MILTON, DE THOMASDAVIDSALON.NET Salons may come & go, but we've been there for you all along... hair nails tanning .. Consistency Good Value Great Customer Service 11/30 & Sat. 12/1 Spend $75 - get $100 Gift Certificate Spend $55 - get $75 Gift Certificate Spend $35- get $50 Gift Certificate All Retail 20% Off on Black Friday (mention this ad) $5.00 Off an OPI Gel Polish Manicure (mention this ad) Make an appointment for a Smoothing Treatment ($225) & receive $50 worth of FREE aftercare products Get a FREE tan with a package of 5 or more Ask about the fun new trend Jamberw Nail Shields Check out for $$$ saving coupons! 7 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth \ Nassau Valley Vineyards Presents Sunday, December 2nd from Noon-5pm FREE Admission It's [olMav 5hopping Extravaganza! 2pm featurin Hot Fashions from Tom Tom Women . pparel &Lil adChild,fi'sBou quevHthHairan,;Makeup by,a.d:HairDay? HOME BEER BREWING DEMO 2pro Extreme Brewing , ART SHOW INI THE GALLERY "Delaware's Premier Folk A st" Pamela Boqnds Seemans from 24pm AWARD-WINNING WINES Great Gift Ideas, Wine Gadgets and More. S iaJ: Ta s !ngs NW 2010 Bluebe Res e[ el NvV " ist s eries" wines with La JA sjg neci by the artist, Abraxas Roinseffias; from Winds0 's Bowe I G] t!ng Qa s ASandy S d.r Heid): LO:we: Jewelw: I Mo(gan: S Gower Chees , ,IGourmet Ba Stries anti Italian ld!ife Artistt lard Clifton ( 32165 Winery Way, Lewes [ Open Year Round 1 302.645.WINE [ for local news u