Dunes Work Begins At End of July For Delaware Beaches

Jul 22, 2013

Indian River Inlet Marina
Credit de.state.parks.com

At the end of July the U.S. Army Corps of engineers is set to begin replenishing the sand dunes on the north side of the Indian River Inlet.

It will involve dredging 400-thousand cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor to replace the sand that was lost to Hurricane Sandy last year.

$6.6 million under the Superstorm’s relief package from Washington will being spent on the project while another $19 million go to the rehabilitation of the breaches at Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that work had been expected to begin in June but a survey on the impact on the environment and local species had to be carried out first.

Tourists could find three to four blocks of a beach closed for dredging projects.

Notice of those closures will be put online.

By the third week of August work should also begin on the stone jetty in the Indian River Inlet.