Public comment period for written comments on the proposed City of Rehoboth Beach wastewater projects will end at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2016

November 14th, 2016

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 15, on several wastewater projects proposed by the City of Rehoboth Beach, including the city’s ocean outfall. The hearing began at 6 p.m. at the Rehoboth Elementary School, 500 Stockley Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

Rehoboth’s proposed wastewater projects include a pump station, a force main and an ocean outfall. The new pump station and a 24-inch force main are required to convey the treated wastewater to the ocean outfall and through diffusers located 6,000 feet offshore in water approximately 40 feet deep.

These proposed projects require several DNREC permits and approvals, including a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, a Coastal Zone Management Act Federal Consistency Determination, a Subaqueous Lands Lease, Water Quality Certification, a Wastewater Facilities Construction Permit, and a Beach Preservation Coastal Construction Permit. Rehoboth’s permit applications and supporting documents, and a fact sheet and a draft NPDES permit are available on DNREC’s website http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/Pages/Rehoboth-Wastewater-Projects-Info.aspx.

The public hearing received comments from public speakers, with priority given to those who had preregistered followed by other speakers who choose to sign up at the public hearing. The public comment period for written comments on the proposed City of Rehoboth Beach wastewater projects began Oct. 15 and will end at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2016. If comments are submitted by USPS, they must be postmarked no later than Dec.2, 2016. Please send comments to:

John Schneider, DNREC
State Street Commons 
100 W. Water Street - Suite 10B
Dover, DE 19904