City of Rehoboth Beach Stormwater Sampling Project

Jul 28, 2017

Between now and September, the City of Rehoboth Beach will be conducting stormwater sampling near Lake Gerar and along the boardwalk. In the next week, you will see nine water quality sampler units being installed next to manholes in these areas. DNREC mandated the city to submit a report on the water quality in five stormwater outfalls that empty into the ocean as part of the approval of the Rehoboth ocean outfall permits. The outfalls are located at Grenoble Place, Maryland Avenue, Rehoboth Avenue, Laurel Street and Delaware Avenue. The purpose of this sampling is to investigate what is in the city's stormwater. This information will be used to check the water quality, and where needed, develop options to reduce stormwater volume and evaluate disposal options along with improving the water quality. 

During a storm, the tubing will pull a sample of the stormwater at specific times. It is important that these units and their tubing are not unplugged, moved or disturbed to assure that accurate data is collected. If you see a sampler and it looks like someone has tampered with it, please contact the Rehoboth Beach Police Department at 302-227-2577 so that the sampler can be checked to assure that it is in proper working order. During, or just after a storm, you will see GHD employees on-site collecting the samples. Their safety vests will be clearly marked GHD. If you see anyone that appears to be working on the samplers that are not in GHD safety vests, please contact the number above. Thank you for doing your part to protect the water quality at our beach. If you have any questions about the sampling process, please contact GHD Engineer Jeff Riling at 240-206-6838 or via email at [email protected].


Water quality sampler unit

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