Since January 2015, the LWVSC of DE Land Use Committee has focused on educating the public regarding the pivotal role the residents of Sussex County have in the drafting of the state mandated Sussex County 2018 Comprehensive Plan. During 2015, the Committee completed the initial five public workshop/forums in each of the five councilmanic districts to educate the public on the drafting of a new Comprehensive Plan for 2018. Since then, they have completed eleven more. The focus of these forums is not only to educate residents on the significance of this plan, but to stress the importance of the public's active involvement in the drafting of this Plan.
All forums are held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in County Council Chambers in Georgetown. A moderated Q&A period follows each panel's presentation with questions submitted by members of the audience.
The Land Use Committee urges every resident to check out the County's website for additional information, to complete the Sussex Plan Survey to make your views known to your elected officials, and to sign up to receive notices of relevant County meetings and workshops via email. In addition, at all of Sussex's Planning & Zoning meetings, usually held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, the agenda features an update and discussion of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, with opportunity for public comment during the discussion period. All residents are welcome to attend and state their concerns. Please see the Comprehensive Plan Checklist and County Comprehensive Plan Adoption Procedures for more information..
Most Recent Public Forum
On March 14th, 2018, League of Women Voters of Sussex County's Environment & Natural Resources Committee presented a well attended forum entitled, "Safe Drinking Water?? Everyone's Concern." in Sussex County Council Chambers, Georgetown.
The League’s aim for this presentation was to raise awareness of current well-water contamination and ongoing threats to public health and the environment in Sussex County. Public insistence on the need for long-term solutions is critical as County Council reviews the final draft of the 2018 Sussex County Comprehensive Plan before submitting it to the state for approval.
The 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.
The speakers and their power point presentations follow:
- John Austin, EPA Expert Chemist and Certified Drinking Water Lab Inspector (ret.), will discuss the toxicity and health impacts of nitrate, why it is regulated, and the wastewater spray and agricultural sludge disposal sites currently contaminating residential wells in Sussex County.
Nitrate in Sussex County Ground Water (Austin)
- Andrea Green, Attorney, and Tony Scarpa, Realtor, co-founders of “Keep Our Wells Clean," will explain the negative environmental impact of the planned Artesian disposal of Allen Harim’s wastewater in Milton and address the recently discovered contamination coming from the operations of Clean Delaware LLC, a septic tank waste disposal company in Milton.
Artesian Northern Sussex Regional Wastewater Recharge Facility & Allen Harim Poultry Processing, Impact on Water (Green)
Clean Delaware, LLC Case Study of Nonpoint Source Pollution (Scarpa)
- Dr. Joseph Kim, Chair of Nanticoke Integrated Health Alliance, will share his medical concerns about the health impacts of water supplies contaminated with Nitrate and describe the various public health initiatives he supports.
- Why This Matters, The Health Effects of Contaminated Water (Kim)