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Draft Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan now on DNREC’s website

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL and the DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Contact:  Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Anne Fitzgerald, Chief of Community Relations, DDA, 302-698-4520

 Additional public comment and input sought for Delaware’s plan for cleaner instate streams and the Chesapeake Bay Draft Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan now on DNREC’s website

 DOVER (Nov. 29, 2011) – After a year of DNREC’s involving the public in developing Delaware’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) – including outreach, soliciting comment and input into the plan from interested people, groups and stakeholders – the department continues to seek contributions to the draft Phase II plan. The developing WIP document will be the state’s long-range plan for reducing pollutants that enter the state’s waterways that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

The draft plan, which must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency later next month, has been posted on DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/wa/Pages/Chesapeake_WIP.aspx. DNREC will accept public comment and feedback on the draft until December 13. Beyond this date, additional opportunities for comment will continue until the final WIP document is submitted to EPA March 30, 2012.

Currently, Delaware’s rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay are burdened with pollution that afflicts the health of these waterways and the Bay, and affects their productivity. Restoring water quality to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will have far-reaching benefits for Delaware’s economic and environmental health.

Delaware is among six Chesapeake Bay Watershed states – Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York – and the District of Columbia required to develop a plan to help restore water quality of the Bay and its tidal waters by 2025, with 60 percent of the work to be completed by 2017.

To create Delaware‘s Draft Phase II WIP for the watershed’s future, the Phase I document was reviewed by numerous stakeholder groups and revised to provide more details regarding how implementation will occur at the local level. The draft plan identifies partners, program locations, actions and the resources needed to reach milestones and meet implementation goals for 2017. The wide-ranging collaboration and cooperation which went into the plan will continue with DNREC seeking additional public participation in developing the WIP.

Delaware’s WIP is being completed in three phases. Last December, Delaware’s Phase I WIP was approved by the EPA. The Draft Phase II WIP is due to EPA by December 15, with the final Phase II Plan due on March 30, 2012. Delaware’s Phase III WIP must be received by EPA in 2017. With each successive WIP, the details of the actions to achieve load goals will become increasingly more specific.

“Delaware is committed to finding the most cost-effective ways to achieve the goal of cleaner rivers and streams in our state and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara. “We’ve made significant progress in reducing pollutants over the years and exceeded our goals for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus in 2009 and 2010. By increasing best management practices and improving data management, Delaware is right on track to achieve our two-year milestone goals.”

“The restoration of the ecology and environment of the Chesapeake Bay is and has been supported by agriculture,” said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee. “As we move forward, we should recognize the forty percent reductions in the nutrient loading of nitrogen and phosphorus that have already been achieved by agriculture. The Delaware agriculture community will continue to do its part in WIP Phase II to meet the 2025 goals for improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is leading the effort to reduce pollution and has developed a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nutrients and sediment for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal branches. A TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive and still meet water quality standards that protect humans and aquatic life. As part of the TMDL, each jurisdiction is required to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that details how load goals will be achieved and maintained into the future.

The following Delaware WIP-related documents are posted at http://www.wr.dnrec.delaware.gov/Information/Pages/Chesapeake_WIP.aspx: Delaware’s Phase I WIP; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); Delaware’s 2009-2011 Milestone Goals; Accomplishments, Initiatives and Funding to meet Delaware’s Milestone Goals; and University of Delaware Water Resources Agency’s 2010 Report on the Socioeconomic Value of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Delaware.

For information on EPA’s TMDL, visit http://www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl/.

For more information, contact Jennifer Volk, Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Chesapeake WIP lead, at Jennifer.Volk@state.de.us or 302-739-9939.

 

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Almost 35 percent of Delaware lies within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and includes land in all three counties. Approximately one-half of Sussex County, about one-third of Kent County and about 10 percent of New Castle County drain into the rivers, creeks and agricultural ditches that eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay. Delaware communities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed include: Middletown; Hartly: Farmington; Greenwood; Bridgeville; Seaford; Blades; Bethel; Laurel; and Delmar. The Watershed also includes some of the state’s most prized waterways:  Broad and Marshyhope Creeks; and the Nanticoke, Chester and Choptank Rivers.

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are being polluted when excess nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment enter our groundwater and drain to waterways. Sources of pollution include: residential and agricultural fertilizers; stormwater runoff, which includes gas and oil from roads and parking lots; erosion and sediment; wastewater treatment plants; and manure from poultry and livestock.

Delaware’s Phase I and  Draft Phase II WIP have been prepared by an Interagency Workgroup made up of representatives from DNREC; Delaware Department of Agriculture; Department of Transportation; Office of State Planning Coordination; County Conservation Districts; U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies; U.S. Geological Survey; and other stakeholders such as representatives from the farming and development communities. Nine subcommittees were formed to address: agriculture; stormwater; wastewater; land use and comprehensive plans; restoration; public lands; funding; information technology; and communications.

Michael Globetti
Public Affairs-Office of the Secretary
Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Sediment and Stormwater RAC Technical Subcommittee Meeting 12/12/2011

Public Meeting Notification

Good News! New home sales are up 8.9% vs. October 2010

Posted on: November 28, 2011
Source: Calculated Risk

New home sales for October, at annual run-rate of 307,000, gained a bit of ground on September’s anemic annualized rate of 303,000, and were up 8.9% year-on-year, according to the Census Bureau’s release this morning. The figure, at worst, lacks conviction, but it reflects two striking early recovery trends. One, is that “buying new” is a preference among a percentage of buyers making discretionary purchases right now–many of them move-up and second-time move-up buyers. Two, the trickle of demand focuses on particular value propositions in particular submarkets in market areas supported by jobs stability and local mobility/household formation patterns. Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride’s macro view: “New home sales have averaged only 299 thousand SAAR over the 18 months since the expiration of the tax credit … mostly moving sideways at a very low level.” Read More …

Delaware Insurance Commission recognizes Benchmark Builders for 15 Years of Participation in Workplace Safety Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Delaware State Insurance Commission has recognized Benchmark Builders for participation in the Workplace Safety Program for 15 consecutive years. Accepting the honorary certificate was Benchmark Builders’ Director of Operations and Safety Compliance Officer Brian Rickards. The company began participating in the program in 1994 with Brian being responsible for ensuring compliance ever since. “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our employees and trade partners,” commented Rickards. “We have always endeavored to provide a safe place to work, so participating in the program was just a matter of going through the certification process for us. ”

Benchmark Builders’ Director of Operations and Safety Compliance Officer Brian Rickards holds DE Insurance Department Certificate.

Started in 1989, the Delaware Insurance Commissioner’s Office, in conjunction with the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau, began offering Delaware employers an opportunity to lower their workers compensation insurance premiums by participating in this innovative program. By passing yearly safety inspections of their worksites, businesses can earn discounts up to 19% – saving money while protecting the health and safety of their employees.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with companies like Benchmark Builders for enhancing and maintaining safety for their employees in the workplace,” said Kathleen Humphries, the Workplace Safety Program Director at the Delaware Insurance Commissioner’s Office. “By participating in this voluntary program, it is estimated that over $6 million has been saved by Delaware businesses. “

Locally owned and operated, Benchmark Builders has been building homes throughout Delaware since 1988 for a broad range of homebuyers. The company is currently marketing eight communities including townhomes, 55+ communities, and traditional single-family-home communities in the Wilmington, Newark, Bear and Smyrna areas of New Castle and Kent Counties, Delaware. “We strive as a company to create a safe workplace for our employees,” said Steve Bomberger, President of Benchmark Builders, “and we are proud of the efforts of Brian Rickards for bringing this commitment to the forefront of the home building industry.”

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PARTY!!! Need to know if you qualify for tickets the Spike Party?

Need to know if you qualify for tickets the Spike Party? Email hollie.gordon@hbade.org

When:
Thursday, February 9
7:00 – 11:00 pm

Where:  Pointe Orlando

Don’t miss the exclusive 2012 Spike and Directors’ Reception – Party at the Pointe. Just a short walk from the Orange County Convention Center, Pointe Orlando is famous for its sizzling combination of world-class venues, each with its own incredible cuisine, energy and live entertainment.

Your party ticket* is a passport, entitling you to move freely from one destination to the next. Take in a Latin trio and savor the sights and sounds of old Havana at Cuba Libre, or jam to a reggae band at Tommy Bahama’s. Enjoy belly dancing shows throughout the evening at Taverna Opa, or boogie the night away at B.B. King’s Blues Club. You could also stroll through Baterbys Art Auction Gallery or, sample all five venues, enjoying food, beverages and unique entertainment along the way! Any way you look at it, it’s your ticket to kick back and relax with fellow Directors and Spikes.

*Tickets are required and can be picked up onsite, with photo ID, at the Spike Party Booth, Hall A Lobby, Level I. Eligible Spikes have a minimum of six credits and must have earned one new member recruitment credit between January 1 and October 31, 2011. The one recruitment credit can be a full credit for a new Builder or Associate member, or two ½ credits for new Affiliate or Council members. For more information, please email membership@nahb.org.

ReNews from NAHB

NAHB Argues for Reinstatement of LRRP Opt-Out Provision in Court

The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments from NAHB and the Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 1 concerning EPA’s removal of the opt-out provision from its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule, and while a final decision will be some time in coming, the argument gave some idea as to the judges’ thinking in this case.   Read More…

Also In This Issue
Lead Paint Update
Dec. 14 Webinar: Latest Information on EPA Lead Paint Rule Enforcement and Compliance
New EPA Tools for RRP Rule Compliance and Consumers
Floor Plan
A Collaboration in Livability for Home Owner With Muscular Dystrophy
International Builders Show 2012
Don’t Miss Remodelers Central and Aging in Place Product Tour at IBS 2012
Celebrate CAPS 10th Anniversary at IBS
Register for Remodeler Education Seminars at IBS 2012
Register Now for the Chairman’s Dinner at IBS
2012 Winter Board Meeting Event Schedule
Business Update
Green Remodeling Program Bringing in Higher Appraisals for Pre-1980 Homes
‘Cheap and Easy’ Marketing Can Give a Boost to a Remodeler’s Business
New EPA Guidelines Seek to Manage Health Risks of Retrofit Work
New to ReNews: Market Watch
House Price Estimator, Mixed Readings on Consumer Confidence, Construction Spending Up in September
NAHB Remodelers News
Join a 2012 NAHB Remodelers Committee
Leadership Grant Open: Apply Now to Send Local Council Leaders to Spring Boards
BUILD-PAC Resources
Nominate a Remodeler for Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year
Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Upcoming Webinars to Focus on Networking, Lead Paint Rule

Click on the links below for more information about each of our upcoming educational webinars:

 

Nov. 30: Learn to Create Expensive Looking Details Within an Affordable Budget

Dec. 7: Webinar to Teach How to Make Networking Fun, Productive, Less Stressful

Dec. 14: Get Latest Information on EPA Lead Paint Rule Enforcement and Compliance

Important: Employee Collective Bargaining Rights Must Be Posted as of Jan. 31, 2012

Beginning on Jan. 31, 2012, all employers with more than $500,000 in annual gross business volume — including home builders and remodelers — will be required to post an official notice advising employees of their collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The law applies to all companies that meet the gross business volume threshold, including those who have non-union shops or whose business is located in a right-to-work state. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the notice must be 11 inches by 17 inches and displayed in a conspicuous location where other workplace notices are regularly posted. Companies can download instructions and notification posters, available in more than 20 languages, free of charge from the NLRB website. A company that does not display the required poster as of Jan. 31, 2012 may be subject to an unfair labor practices complaint. For more information on the requirements, please visit the NLRB website or contact David Crump, NAHB’s director of legal research, at 800-368-5242, x8491.

Home Builders Applaud Congress For Restoring Higher FHA Loan Limits

The NAHB today applauded Congress for reinstating for another two years the higher conforming loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), noting that this is an important step to help mend the struggling housing market.

“We commend congressional leaders in both parties and each chamber of Congress for taking this action to boost overall mortgage liquidity in the marketplace, create jobs, and provide home owners and home buyers with safe and affordable financing,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen.

“Restoring the higher FHA loan limits will help to stabilize home values, provide constancy while private investors re-enter the market, and enable millions of creditworthy consumers to get home loans with the best mortgage rates and lowest fees and downpayment requirements,” he added.

Toys for Tots Mixer and Annual Election of 2012 Officers

Congratulations and welcome to the incoming 2012 Board of Directors and Officers for the HBADE, elected just last evening at the Annual Election and General Membership Meeting at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover.

Incoming 2012 HBADE President, Fred Fortunato, Benchmark Builders

HBADE Members and volunteer leaders celebrated at the Toys for Tots Member Mixer sponsored by Horty & Horty that was held in the Lobby Bar  following the Elections and Board Meeting.  The event was well attended and the HBADE collected more than a full truckload of toy donations for the Toys for Tots Holiday Drive.   turnout and collection of toy donations, with every attendee donating.  Mark Gandy of Bath Kitchen and Tile brought a truckload himself, collected at the Bath, Kitchen and Tile showrooms on behalf of the HBADE!  Thank you to ALL!

The following slate of Officers elected yesterday will be sworn in at the Annual Inaugural Ball scheduled for December 3, 2011 at Dover Downs Hotel & casino.  BE SURE TO REGISTER to attend the Ball…it is the highlight event of the year where we reflect on the past  year and look forward to the coming challenges.  The Leadership and Legacy Ball honors the long line of industry greats who have volunteered as leaders in our association, state, and industry over the years since our founding in 1947.  Dinner, award presentations and dancing to the fabulous sounds of STRANGERS from Philadelphia, back for the 3rd tome by attendee requests!  We hope to see you there at the celebration!

2012 Board of Directors

Officers

President…………………………………………. Fred Fortunato, Benchmark Builders

Senior Vice President…………………………………. Scott Bradley, Bestfield Homes

Associate Vice President ……………………….….Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco, LLC

New Castle County Vice President……….. Kevin Whittaker, Whittaker Brothers

Sussex County Vice President……………………Bob Thornton, Silverstock Homes

Kent County Vice President………………………Don Yoos, J. S. Hovnanian & Sons

Treasurer…………………………………………………….. Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber

Secretary……………………………….. Scott Wilcox, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston

Immediate Past President……………………………. Mark Grahne, Atlantic Homes

Directors – Builders

Rick Banning……………………………………………………………..MBM Construction

Matt Egan………………………………………………………………………..Cornell Homes

Mary Field…………………………………………………………………………Regal Builders

Debra Finocchiaro……………………………………………..Leon Weiner & Associates

Mark Fitzgerald……………………………………………………………….. Schell Brothers

Mark Gandy ……………………………………………….………………….. Bath, Kitchen & Tile

Jon Long……………………………………………………………………LC Homes Delaware

Directors – Associates

Dottie Fawcett …………………………………………………………Digital Map Products

John Ford…………………………………………………………….…Re/Max Associates

Richard Forsten……………………………………………………………..Saul Ewing, LLP

Howard Fortunato ……………………………………………………….Landmark/JCM

John Gormley……………………………………………………………….PRO-Build

Jeff Joseph …………………………………………………………………..PNC Bank

Mike Riemann………………………………………………Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Joe Terranova…………………………………………………………………………..TD Bank

Council Presidents

Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco. LLC ……………………….………Associates Council

Shari Hendley, JS Hovnanian & Sons..…………………..………Green Building Council

Mark Succarotte, LC Homes, Delaware ………..…… Sales and Marketing Council

Mark Parker, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage……………………….Remodelers Council

Staff

Jennifer Casey…………………………………………………………Executive Vice President

Jennifer Hudson ………………………………………………..Events & Marketing Director

Hollie Gordon …………………………………….……………..Membership Services Director

Kim Ferrell ……………………………………………………………….…..Office Coordinator

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