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$40 Million Prime Hook Restoration Project

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 MILTON, Del. - Congress allocated $40 million to the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge to help replenish the beaches.

According to refuge director Art Coppola, the money is split into two categories. The first $20 million is going towards recovery from Hurricane Sandy, while the second half is for resiliency to build up the salt marsh.

"From the increase of storms that have occurred on the coast," Coppola said. "It was time to start a management plan to rebuild these habitats."

Coppola said the main point of this project is to maintain the habitat for fish, wildlife and plants.

Another area that needs work is the breaches at Fowler Beach. Flooding has caused problems for many residents who say they have been waiting many years for a project like this to follow through. Like Bob Carney who has lived at Prime Hook Beach for over 50 years.

"Well because of the flooding, the trees are dead, everything's been dead here for the last 8 years, we hear the talk we're just hoping it gets done," he explained. "Whether or not it happens I don't know... but we we're lucky enough to see the good part, and now we got the bad part."

Phase one will start in the Fall of 2015 and it includes replenishing the dunes and filling in the breaches.

"If it hadn't been for Hurricane Sandy we wouldn't have seen that type of allocation from congress," Coppola said. "So it's really a blessing in disguise."

   
     


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