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Press release regarding the April 9, 2014 Inland Bays Foundation Board of Directors meeting Re: 2014 Priorities

The Mission Statement of the Inland Bays Foundation clearly states the Foundation’s sole mission is to clean and protect the waters of the Delaware Inland Bays Estuary.

On April 9, the Board of Directors of the Foundation met in Executive Session to define their 2014 priorities and they are:

  • Define and implement an Advocacy Program that will utilize lobbying techniques and strategies to influence our elected and appointed officials at the local, state and federal levels to accomplish our goal of clean waters in Delaware’s Inland Bays. The Foundation will define and support the key elements of the Governor’s Clean Water Initiative and call for new initiatives required to accomplish our goal.
  • Continue and expand our Public Information Program to aggressively grow the Foundation in both size and funding to make the Foundation a more effective advocacy and lobbying organization.
  • The Board expressed a need to continuously monitor and report to the public potential “toxic” situations like the coal ash pile on Burton’s Island located on the banks of the Indian River. If necessary, to take action to protect the citizens and wildlife of the Inland Bays Watershed and encourage effective remediation of said potential “toxic” hazards.

More detailed information about the Inland Bays Foundation can be found at our website www.inlandbaysfoundation.org or Face Book page or by calling the Foundation Public Information Coordinator at 302-296-7801. Board meetings are held at the Bethany Library on the second Wednesday of every month at 4 PM and the public is invited and welcome.


Nutrient Pollution - An Ongoing Threat to the Waters of Delaware's Inland Bays

The Foundation remains concerned about the amount of nutrient pollution entering Delaware's Inland Bays and contributing to the rapid growth of algae and other nuisance vegetation. This creates conditions that deplete the amount of dissolved oxygen in our waters limiting the growth of healthy vegetation like eel grass which actually provides healthy levels of oxygen through photosynthesis if allowed to flourish. This removes healthy habitat for juvenile fin and shell fish populations in our estuary. It also often contributes to large "fish kills" due to the lack of dissolved oxygen in our tributaries. Along with high levels of nutrient pollution. Along with this pollutions often comes bacterial pollution from Agriculture and Development.

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This information is being provided for your education about the issues the Foundation is analyzing for solutions. It is our hope that by analyzing this educational information you will realize the compelling need to take action and help us clean up our Bays: Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman. You may do so by visiting our membership page and downloading a membership application. Please take the time to do so and forward your application for membership to the mentioned PO Box.

Nutrient pollution

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License;)

Nutrient pollution caused by runoff of soil and fertilizer during a rain storm Nutrient pollution, a form of water pollution, refers to contamination by excessive inputs of nutrients. It is a primary cause of eutrophication of surface waters, in which excess nutrients, usually nitrogen or phosphorus, stimulate algal growth. Sources of nutrient pollution include runoff from farm fields and pastures, discharges from septic tanks and feedlots, and emissions from combustion.

Excess nutrients, or nutrient pollution, have been summarized as potentially leading to:

  • Population Effects: excess growth of algae (blooms);
  • Community Effects: species composition shifts (dominant taxa);
  • Ecological Effects: food web changes, light limitation;
  • Biogeochemical Effects: excess organic carbon (eutrophication); dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia); toxin production;
  • Human health effects: excess nitrate in drinking water (blue baby syndrome); disinfection by-products in drinking water

In a 2011 EPA report, the Science Advisory Board succinctly states: “Excess reactive nitrogen compounds in the environment are associated with many large-scale environmental concerns, including eutrophication of surface waters, toxic algae blooms, hypoxia, acid rain, nitrogen saturation in forests, and global warming.

Learn more...


Appeal Filed Against DNREC-Approved Remediation Plan for Allen Harim Facility

Local groups charge State-determined remedial order violates the statutory, regulatory requirements

Today, the organizations Protecting our Indian River and Inland Bays Foundation filed an appeal with the Delaware Environmental Appeals Board regarding the proposed controversial South Korean-owned Allen Harim poultry processing plant in Millsboro, Delaware. The appeal challenges the December 24, 2013 Order of the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (No. 2013-WH-0061) which approves a proposed remedial action plan at the site of the town’s former Vlasic pickle plant -- a currently contaminated Brownfield’s site.

The appeal was filed by Ken Kristl, Esq. and the Widener Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. The Widener Clinic provides representation and legal assistance to public interest organizations and individuals on environmental matters in Delaware and other Mid-Atlantic states.

“We are seeking to reverse the order,” said Cindy Wilton, a founding member of Protecting our Indian River. “The remediation plan that DNREC proposed misses the mark on so many levels that they simply need to go back to the drawing board and make solid, fair, realistic plans for reviving that site.”

According to the appeal, the remedial plan determined by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) was flawed in several key elements, including:

  • The failure to characterize adequately the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site. This includes the failures to sample in areas of known or suspected areas of contamination, consider all data about the site, and determine potential and actual offsite impacts.
  • The failure to evaluate properly the risks created by the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site. This includes the failure to consider known or suspected risks at the site, develop sufficient data to conduct an adequate risk assessment, have adequate data to support the risk assessment actually conducted, and determine risks from potential and actual offsite impacts.
  • The failure to impose a remedy that reduces and/or eliminates the impacts and risks of the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site.

Numerous experts submitted testimony at the December 17, 2013 remediation plan hearing concerning the current Brownfield site that is set to be converted into a poultry processing plant for 104 million birds per year.

Expert testimony by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) engineer and factory farm authority Kathy Martin highlighted flaws in the on-site testing, particularly from the waste water treatment plant. SRAP’s Genell Pridgen also provided written comment on arsenic and cobalt findings in the site investigation. Inland Bays Foundation’s science coordinator John Austin, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, presented testimony denouncing the DNREC’s proposed monitoring plan as “inadequate.” There was no testing offsite to private wells, which has been reiterated by the community and various experts as inadequate to ensure protection of water wells and public health.

“This was a missed opportunity by DNREC to do things the right way,” said SRAP’s Maria Payan. “Community health and environmental stability were back-burnered in favor of a quick fix that was no fix at all. This process should start again, and this time the citizens of Sussex County need to be respected and protected by its government agencies.”

Read the Statement of Appeal...


Clean Water for Delaware's Future

The Inland Bays Foundation Board Board of Directors met with Governor Markell and DNREC Secretary Omara in December with a 1.5 hour intense discussion of the need for cleaner waters in Delaware. We'd like to think that meeting introduced some concepts the Governor used in his State of the State Message and in this meeting on March 4 to discuss the Governor's plan for cleaner waters in Delaware. Please plan to attend.

You are invited to attend the “Clean Water for Delaware's Future ” event on March 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. See directions below.

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending this event.

Please RSVP by email: dnrecevents@state.de.us by noon, Friday, February 28th.

Directions & Map :

DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656 - 1490

From points north on I-95

  • Take the Rte 4/ Martin Luther King blvd exit
  • Follow the riverfront signs and turn left on Martin Luther King/ Lancaster Ave.
  • Turn right on Justison St.
  • Turn right onto Shipyard Dr. (across from the Big Fish Restaurant)
  • Shipyard Dr. merges with Delmarva Lane
  • Stay straight until reaching the DuPont Environmental Education Center driveway

From points south on I-95

  • Take the Martin Luther King Blvd exit (exit 6) onto Maryland Ave.
  • Turn Right on Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Turn right on Justison St.
  • Turn right onto Shipyard Dr. (across from the Big Fish Restaurant)
  • Shipyard Dr. merges with Delmarva Lane
  • Stay straight until reaching the DuPont Environmental Education Center driveway

Welcome

The Inland Bays serve as a valuable recreational asset for residents and visitors, and as a diverse habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic life. We hope to educate the public on the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed in Sussex County Delaware protecting wildlife, water fowl and sandy beaches for us all.


The following is a very good recap of the current situation with the Pinnacle "Brownsfields" site in Millsboro prepared by Cindy Wilton, head of the Protect Our Indian River non profit group which the Inland Bays Foundation is partnering with on this effort-

Protecting our Indian River --UPDATE--

First, we want to thank the many people that donated to Protecting Our Indian River citizens’ group. We filed an appeal with the Sussex County BOA for approval of the “potentially hazardous use“ special exception for the proposed 2 million bird per week slaughterhouse on the Indian River at the already contaminated Vlassic/Pinnacle plant. Richard Abbott, Esq. is representing us in that Appeal against the Board of Adjustments decision. Here is article referencing appeal...

We are also appealing the DNREC remediation plan, which only calls for monitoring-no remediation of contaminates. They call this a “no action remediation plan. “ We are being represented by Kenneth T. Kristl, Esq. and the Widener Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (Clinic), located at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. The Clinic provides representation and legal assistance to public interest organizations and individuals on environmental matters in Delaware. Here is article referencing appeal...

To date we have raised approximately $3,000. These funds are now depleted. The community also paid $800 to sample 13 private wells off-site.. 8 of the 13 wells tested positive for cobalt, one of the contaminates found on Vlassic site. Dr. Lau from the Delaware Department of Health and Human services confirmed cobalt in 6 of 6 samples he tested. This confirmed lab results of citizen testing by John Austin, analyzed by Lancaster Eurofin lab. Testing shows pollution plume is traveling.

This processing plant proposal , if approved, threatens public health, the Indian River, quality of life and property values-and not only to those who live near the proposed plant. Remember, South Korean Allen Harim has stated publicly they want to put 100 poultry confinements (AKA factory farms in a 50 mile radius. That means everyone within a fifty mile radius will now face the same threats.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR OUR HEALTH, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PROPERTY VALUE.

If you can, please help with a tax-deductible donation of $20, 50, 100 or whatever you can. Please, make check payable to “SRAProject”, under memo line, please put “Protecting Our Indian River. (donation is tax deductible). Mail to: Cindy Wilton, 27927 Possum Point Road, Millsboro, DE 19966. Or online here: Please under "include a note", please put "Protecting Our Indian River"

The state is trying to fast track this project. Even the EPA had to step in as DNREC transferred an EXPIRED permit, and told them that it wasn't allowed. Read more...

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) who has helped us organize and provided experts for us ,John Austin who has donated countless hours and the Inland Bays Foundation. We would also like to thank the Delaware Chapter of Sierra Clubs for their testimony and the countless media organizations and blogs who have helped with reporting.

Find us on the internet http://www.protectingour indianriver.com/

Find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com /groups/455758131181559/

Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share with your neighbor!