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DNREC Hosts Public Workshop on Proposed Rehoboth Wastewater Projects

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The City of Rehoboth Beach is one step closer to building an ocean outfall for the city's treated wastewater.

On Wednesday night, DNREC hosted a public workshop at the Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Company Station to provide information on several projects the City of Rehoboth Beach has proposed, all surrounding the way the city disposes of treated sewage. The projects include a pump station, a force main and an ocean outfall, which would take the treated wastewater 6,000 feet off Deauville Beach. 

Krys Johnson, a communications specialist for the City of Rehoboth Beach said Wednesday's workshop was well attended, and the city is happy to see the projects moving forward. 

"It's been a long time coming. This project has been years in the making," she said. "The permit process is where we are in the project timeline, and definitely the city is looking forward to get through this next step."

That next step is a public hearing on November 15th, after which DNREC will decide whether to approve the project permits or not. Gregg Rosner with the Surfrider Foundation--a group that's against the outfall project--attended the workshop and will attend the hearing as well. He said he wasn't satisfied with the workshop's presentations.

"We didn't get the answers we needed," he said. "[We got] a lot of blank stares when we started asking about the regulations and the technical questions on how this can possibly go in."

Rosner says the the outfall is outdated technology and would hurt ocean wildlife. He hopes the hearing is well-attended, because he says the outfall project would affect more than just residents of Rehoboth Beach.

"People who really love to watch the beach, walk the beach, they need to come out and oppose the project," he said. "They all have a voice. This is just not for Rehoboth citizens." 

More information on the treated wastewater projects can be found on DNREC's website. 

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