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Plan to Fix Breaches at Prime Hook

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PRIME HOOK, De.- Plans to fix the shoreline breaches at the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge are taking shape in Sussex County.

Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the shoreline restoration project will require 800,000 cubic feet of sand. This will prevent saltwater from the Delaware Bay rushing inland and killing trees, disrupting wildlife and destroying land.

Farmer Mark Wells is one of many property owners who have seen their land shrink over the last few years.

"It's an ecological disaster area now. It's starting to affect everyone around it," says Wells. "If the federal government can get their act together, close these breaches, and start protecting it, maybe it can come back. Maybe the farmland will come back and hopefully the refuge will come back too."

There is no estimation on how much the project will cost, but a majority of the bill is expected to be paid for by the federal government. The work could start as early as Fall of 2014.

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