- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach residents have begun noticing the first signs of the construction of an offshore sewage project, even though a potentially contentious permitting process awaits.

The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1PfSXcu ) reports that Rehoboth Beach voters last summer approved a plan to borrow $52.5 million for a sewage treatment plant upgrade and a new ocean discharge that will empty more than a mile offshore.

Rehoboth Beach has been under pressure to eliminate its current discharge into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal for nearly 20 years.

Some civic groups have rallied to defeat the plan, citing pollution worries. Other environmental groups say the discharge is a low-impact way to dispose of wastewater.

Rehoboth Beach financial adviser Tom McGlone says the city still needs to obtain seven state and federal permits, which he says could be difficult if the public objects.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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