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Dewey Beach Creates Living Shoreline to Help with Flooding

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DEWEY, Del.- The town of Dewey Beach, in partnership with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, started phase one of a project to create a living shoreline in the bay at the end of Read Avenue. 
Read Avenue floods often, when compared to other streets in Dewey. 
"The neighbors of Read Avenue have been affected by the bowl effect of Dewey Beach, this is the lowest spot for many, many years," said Dewey Beach Mayor T.J. Redefer. 
To help prevent flooding, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays has created a low reef made out of bags of recycled oyster shells from restaurants in the area. The reef will break up incoming waves and thus will protect the storm water pipe and slow down waves that cause flooding. Doug Janiec, a consultant for the center, said the shells are better for the environment. 
"Living oysters will start growing on the shell bags so it can get encrusted over time. It's a nature based solution instead of using stone or brick or something, whatever you might want to throw in the water," said Janiec. 
Phase two of the project is to build a sand dune to prevent water from going into the streets. 
"Sand [will be] installed in a big berm. It's a diversion of the water up to the little stores at the corner of Read Ave and the ocean block," said Dewey Beach Commissioner Paul Bauer. 
The center will complete the living shoreline and sand dune, along with an entrance for kayaks by the end of the fall. 
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