Environment and Natural Resources

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County considers the protection of our environment and natural resources to be a priority.  As stated on the national League's website: "The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the earth’s ecosystem is essential for maximum protection of public health and the environment. The interrelationships of air, water and land resources should be recognized in designing environmental safeguards. The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection and pollution control."

The LWVSC seeks to increase public awareness of the influence of human activities on the ecosystem, the efforts to balance the resource demands of industry and the public, and what we can do to influence local government to protect public health and the environment.  As a nonpartisan organization, the League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

LWVSC Forums on Clean Water

As residents of Sussex County, we are witnessing the effects of rapid growth in residental development and argicultural industries on our natural resources.  Clean drinking water has become a serious concern, with many wells polluted by chicken processing plants and waste disposal.  The Environment & Natural Resources Committee decided to hold a forum to raise awareness of current well-water contamination and ongoing threats to public health and the environment in Sussex County. 
On March 13, 2018, a forum was held in Sussexy County Council Chambers  entitled: "Safe Drinking Water??  Everyone's Concern."  The well attended forum focused on shortcomings of wastewater and agricultural sludge disposal that lead to continuing pollution of residential wells.  A panel of experts discussed the scope of polluted sites, inadequate zoning practices, and the current lack of regulation enforcement which has led to groundwater contamination at sites such as Mountaire Farms in Millsboro.
Due to the heavy attendance of the initial forum and the concerns for the issue expressed by the public, the Environment & Natural Resources Committee of the LWVSC decided to hold a second forum as a continuation of the one held in March.  It was called, "Safe Drinking Water??  Everyone's Concern, Part 2."  The League’s aim in hosting this presentation was not only to raise awareness of current well-water contamination and ongoing threats to public health and the environment in Sussex County, but also to stress the need for the public to insist on long-term solutions.  The speakers presentations were followed by a question and answer period where the public was welcome to submit questions regarding their concerns on the issues addressed. 
Both forums were live streamed.

photo of audience for Clean Drinking Water forum

                                 Safe Drinking Water??  Everyone's Concern, Part 1 

The video of the presentation can be found here.

 The speakers and their power point presentations follow:

Safe Drinking Water??  Everyone's Concern, Part 2

A video of parts of the presentation can be found here.

The speakers and their power point presentations follow:  

  • Lisa Borin Ogden, Deputy Secretary of DNREC, discussed the role of DNREC in protecting Delaware waters, their challengees, pollution reduction methods, and water quality improvement methods. 
    Protecting Delaware's Waters, "Everyone Has a Role"
  • Keith Mensch, Program Administrator, Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water,  explained what ODW does and how it regulates public water systems.
    Office of Drinking Water
  • Dr. Mohammad Akhterformer director of the American Public Health Association, discuessed nitrates in Sussex County ground water, local areas of well water contamination, the effects of that contamination, and the responsibility of elected and appointed officials.
    Clean Drinking Water for All

 

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