As reported this week to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Surface Water Discharges Section, Kent County’s wastewater treatment plant is back within acceptable water quality levels for the effluent discharged into the Murderkill River – leading DNREC to establish a timeframe for a federally-advised 21-day closure of recreational shellfish harvest in the Delaware Bay north of the Mispillion Inlet. The 21-day closure in effect for potential public health risks extends from July 24 to Aug. 14.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin today directed the Kent County wastewater treatment plant to take immediate action to correct an ongoing discharge of undertreated effluent that prompted the Secretary to issue an emergency order for the closure of recreational shellfishing in the Delaware Bay north of the entrance to the Mispillion Inlet. The emergency closure impacts only the harvest of bivalve molluscan shellfish – clams, oysters and mussels – and does not affect the legal harvest of other shellfish species such as crabs and conchs.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and Office of Environmental Finance, and the Delaware Division of Public Health are now accepting project proposals from state, county, and municipal governments, and conservation districts for matching grants for wastewater, surface water and drinking water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23.
DNREC’s Office of the Secretary, Environmental Finance, and DHSS Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water, will host a public workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 14, at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 South Bay Road, in Dover, in preparation for the development of FY 2017 project priority lists for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.
Date Posted: Monday, June 19th, 2017
The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 21 in Conference Room 220, Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 South Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901
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