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    You have any links so I can read the WHOLE story so I can make an informed judgment?

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    I have yet to see anything which points to raw sewage getting dumped. it looks like it is treated water that is the byproduct of the sewage getting removed.

    I hope this isn't another case of Surfrider crying wolf (but it sure sounds like it).

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    what disturbed me most about that article in the capegazette is that they said south bethany has had this ocean discharge system for years & it's a bigger operation.my god,that's the break i haunt the most!! especially this past summer.i don't know if the treated water is any better for the ocean than the untreated stuff is,both sound like a bad idea to me.i hope i don't get sick or have skin infections pop up in my future

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    not that good of an article discussing both sides of the issue. It doesn't sound like that big of a deal to me, but I'd like to hear more about the specifics. In either case, they are talking about dumping 50 miles offshore, not near shore. But, need to know more specifics about detriment to the offshore biology.

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    that article (and the experts they quote) seems to support ocean outfall as preferable to land based application. Seems odd that the author couldnt find one scientist with the opposing point of view.

    Either way, Isnt it a bigger issue for ocean users and surfers that Rehoboth releases untreated stormwater right into the surf zone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bodyboarddude View Post
    what disturbed me most about that article in the capegazette is that they said south bethany has had this ocean discharge system for years & it's a bigger operation
    South Bethany and Ocean City...for over 30 years.
    Last edited by scotty; Nov 10, 2009 at 01:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodyboarddude View Post
    what disturbed me most about that article in the capegazette is that they said south bethany has had this ocean discharge system for years & it's a bigger operation.my god,that's the break i haunt the most!! especially this past summer.i don't know if the treated water is any better for the ocean than the untreated stuff is,both sound like a bad idea to me.i hope i don't get sick or have skin infections pop up in my future
    I remebering watch a Episode of Dirty Jobs on Discovery channel where they went to a Waste Water Treatment Plant. It showed the Process in filtering the water and making it "useable" agian. After the process is done they say the water is 97% contaminate free and could be drinkable if needed. But really who is gonna drink filtered poo water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    I remebering watch a Episode of Dirty Jobs on Discovery channel where they went to a Waste Water Treatment Plant. It showed the Process in filtering the water and making it "useable" agian. After the process is done they say the water is 97% contaminate free and could be drinkable if needed. But really who is gonna drink filtered poo water.
    yeah,i really don't understand alot of the science involved in that industry,but my common sense tells me that still isn't good. what's happening to our marine ecology in south bethany.are there studies done by DNREC that keeps tabs on that? i hope so,cause i don't want to find out AFTER something has already happened,this happens in our country too much as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    South Bethany and Ocean City...for over 30 years.
    I believe the outfall drain is less than a mile out in ocean city. Friend actually welded the draining system.

    treated effluent can still cause many problems in the ecosystem. The proper removal of nitrogen and phosphorus is essentially, delmarva doesnt need any more nutrient loading from runoff. eutrophication aint fun for anyone. the concentration of organic contaminants can also upset ecosystem balance on the bacterial level, which feed off of organic material. More bacterial = more time being sick for us. Just a few points against effluent.

    but, whats the alternative to effluent release into the ocean. might have the least overall impact as compared to terrestrial and aquatic dumping.