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Public Hearing Held on Proposed Ocean Outfall in Rehoboth

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - After a public workshop last month, DNREC held a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed ocean outfall for the city's treated wastewater.

 At the hearing, people offered their comments on the projects, which also include a pump station and a force main. The proposed ocean outfall would take the City of Rehoboth Beach's treated wastewater 6,000 feet off Deauville Beach. 

Chris Bason is the Executive Director for the Center for Inland Bay says the outfall is a much better alternative than the city's current pumping location into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

"The bay is so slowly flushed. This is a natural characteristic of the bay," he said. "So the City of Rehoboth Beach's decision, along with DNREC's decision to remove that outfall and instead put it in the ocean is a huge benefit of the environment overall." 

One group that made an appearance at the hearing is the  Surfrider Foundation. In an interview after the October 19 public workshop, Gregg Rosner with the Surfrider Foundation said he hoped many people come to the hearing.

"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." 

After the hearing, DNREC will decide whether to approve the project permits or not. People have until December 2nd to submit written public comment on the projects as well. 

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

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