Target: Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Goal: Stop the construction of an oceanic outfall in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
In 2007, The city of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware proposed a plan to create an outfall for waste into the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Today, the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant is constructing this outfall. This means terrible consequences for marine life and ocean water quality.
The marine life that resides near Rehoboth Beach includes seals, porpoises, whales, dolphins, a large variety of fish, plankton, algae, and other benthic life. Physical injury to fish and other marine life has already been reported during the construction of the outfall and further disruption to marine life is predicted, according the city’s Environmental Impact Statement. Poor air and water quality that will affect public safety are also expected, and the changes to wildlife habitat could mean new endangerments to various species, not to mention further mortality to those already endangered.
Although the public comment period on the oceanic outfall is officially closed, environmental organizations such as Marine and Environmental Education and Research (MEER) are continuing to take action to petition against the oceanic outfall. Please help by writing to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, asking them to support and sponsor our continuing efforts against the outfall. This government agency has the power and authority to put an end to the oceanic outfall and protect our environment.
Dear Secretary Collin O’Mara,
The oceanic outfall that is being built in the City of Rehoboth will have an incredibly negative impact for marine life, the environment, and public safety. This wonderful beach will soon be polluted with toxic waste, changing the habitats of various species of fish, algae, plankton, dolphins, whales, and other marine life for the worse. Negative consequences have already been observed during construction and are expected to grow. This is why I hope that you will support and sponsor the continuing efforts against the oceanic outfall.
I am aware that public comment to the City of Rehoboth Beach regarding the oceanic outfall is officially closed, however, public opinion against the outfall persists. This is why I am joining many others in continuing to petition against the oceanic outfall. Help us by using your power and authority to extend the efforts against the Rehoboth Wastewater Treatment Plant and put an end to the oceanic outfall.
[Your Name Here]
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