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REHBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved four bid awards to three contractors for construction of the city's ocean outfall wastewater project.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on the controversial outfall project, in which treated wastewater would be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from Rehoboth's popular tourist beach.

Commissioners voted Monday to award bids totaling more than $37 million, with the ocean outfall bid awarded to Manson Construction of Seattle for $27.6 million.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Shellfish harvest in the Delaware Bay and inland rivers has been suspended for the second time this year because of wastewater discharge.

The Delaware State News reports Kent County Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch says the Kent County wastewater treatment plant has been discharging "undertreated" wastewater since July 5 because of operational issues, resulting in significantly elevated levels of the enterococcus bacteria.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary has approved Rehoboth Beach's plan to discharge the city's treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.

Officials said Thursday that the ocean outfall will eliminate discharges into Delaware's Inland Bays.

City officials chose ocean outfall to comply with a court order to stop discharging effluent into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal by June 2018.

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The Rehoboth Outfall project will get one last look by the Delaware Environmental Secretary Shawn Garvin before permits for the project are issued.

Although he has said he has no intention of reopening the process it has given opponents of the projects hope.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Garvin has been meeting quietly with environmentalists, the Sussex County wastewater treatment companies and Rehoboth Beach officials.

The pipeline would carry treated sewer water to the ocean to around a mile east of where many tourists swim.

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Allen Harim has been found to have committed a number of environmental violations at its wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson.

There was one instance where it discharged double the allotted amount of ammonia concentration into the Beaverdam Creek for the month.

WBOC reports that that authorities at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that this was the result of the inadequacy of the equipment as well process overloads.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists say they will soon help Chesapeake Bay fisherman by mapping the water's low-oxygen dead zones in real time.

Poor oxygen levels often force fish out of the bay's cool bottom waters. William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science says it will show anglers where the fish may have gone.

The university says it's using experimental computer models to map and forecast the bay's dead zones. The oxygen-poor areas are created when excess nitrogen from fertilizers and wastewater flow into the water and boost the growth of algae.

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a new service fee on Delaware households to pay for a plan to clean up Delaware's waterways.

Administration officials say the fee, which will be indexed to inflation and collected through county property taxes, would generate about $30 million annually.

Markell noted in his State of the State address in January that Delaware's rivers, lakes and bays are so polluted that residents are advised not to swim in them or eat fish from them.

Under a deal negotiated with Honeywell International a Wilmington City Council panel moved to approve a $35 million plan for a landfill-gas-fueled plant that would generate power and dry sludge at the city’s regional wastewater plant.

The full council is expected to vote as early as Thursday on the plan for the 20-year construction and operation agreement with the company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Honeywell projected that the new operation would save Wilmington a total of $16.7 million by 2034.

 

      REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some farmers and environmentalists are opposing Rehoboth Beach's plan to channel treated wastewater through a pipeline offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Board of Commissioners hasbeen seeking an alternative to the current procedure, which deposits effluent into the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal. They requested a $25 million loan from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to find it.

 

             Dumping treated-wastewater from Rehoboth Beach into the ocean is the safest way to dispose of it.

            That’s the conclusion of a draft environmental study by GHD Inc that will be used by Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to build the proposed outfall.

            A public hearing has been set for April 10th at Rehoboth’s Convention Hall.

            Chris Bason, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, told the Wilmington News Journal…that he has not had a chance to read the report.