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Rehoboth and Dewey Beach Replenishment Sand Not Lost

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REHOBOTH BEACH/DEWEY BEACH, Del. - 409,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped onto Rehoboth and Dewey beaches this fall, but some worry it washed away during recent storms. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) say the recent beach replenishment project did not go to waste. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company $7.21 million to replenish Rehoboth and Dewey beaches this fall. DNREC says the project lasted four weeks from the end of October to mid-November.

Some people worry that the sand is gone. Ron Wicker moved to Rehoboth Beach several years ago. He watched the beach erode and he watched Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company put it pack.

"I was just here probably after it was replenished and I noticed after that some of the sand that was replaced was gone," he says.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an initial adjustment in the sand is anticipated after replenishment and that storms can cause it to be displaced to sand bars offshore. The sand typically migrates back to the beach when there is calmer weather. 

"We haven't had a major storm," says DNREC Shoreline and Waterway Program Administrator Michael Powell. "We've had some minor storms that have redistributed some of the sand from up on the beach into the near shore."

Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koenig says the project was timed right. 

"In the off season there's less people to contend with. It makes the process go quicker," says Koenig.  "This year the contractor had really favorable weather. The work conditions were favorable and they were actually ahead of schedule."

"I think it's hiding a little bit," says Owner of Carlton's, Trey Kraus.

Kraus feels secure with a bigger beach that protects the boardwalk and businesses. He did notice improvement Monday morning.

"I came out and I see the surf is flattening out, which usually means the sand is moving back in again," says Kraus. 

Powell says favorable weather is essential to bringing the sand back on shore and that the beach was already getting bigger again Monday. 

 

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