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U.S. Army Corps: Beach Replenishment to start in October

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Rehoboth and Dewey beaches are set to get wider this fall.

During a tour with Senator Tom Carper on Friday morning, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col David Park said Rehoboth and Dewey's beach nourishment is set to start in October.

"We try to offset the impact to the local community as much as we can," he told WRDE. "It doesn't always happen but in this case we were able to do it in a kind of an off-season so it has little impact."

A number of coastal mayors were present for the tour in Bethany Beach, with Mayor Lew Killmer stressing beach replenishment's importance for the local economy.

"To be quite honest without the dunes, without the dredging, people wouldn't come to our state to recreate," he said. "It would change everything."

Killmer hopes to see replenishment on a more frequent basis. 

Senator Carper stressed the importance of beach nourishment projects as well, saying they protect infrastructure and towns during severe storms.

“Sea level rise and extreme weather fueled by climate change pose mounting risks to Delaware’s economy and coastal way of life,” said Senator Carper. “Beach and dune erosion threaten our nearly $7 billion annual coastal economy, and inland flooding poses real dangers to roads, homes and businesses throughout the state. As we chart out priorities for the next water infrastructure reauthorization bill, I was glad to have the opportunity to tour these important projects with Lt. Col. Park so he could witness Delaware’s challenges first-hand, and also see the progress of ongoing projects that help keep the First State economy moving. I look forward to working closely with Lt. Col. Park to make sure Delaware’s water infrastructure priorities are addressed and I thank him for touring these sites with me today.”

For more on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' beach replenishment projects, click here.

 

 

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