Army Corps of Engineers

Don Rush

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Complications will force replenishment of Delaware's beaches to stretch into their peak season this year.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette tells The News Journal of Wilmington that a limited number of dredges nationwide has delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet also attributed the delays to obtaining permits and funding. He says the first stage will begin mid-May in Bethany Beach, and take 28 days.

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Three Delaware beach towns have gotten approval to repair their beaches this fall after a series of damaging storms two years ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the resorts are Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach.

There will be no cost to the state.      

The repair work is federally funded and will fall under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program.

That allows the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out the repairs.

Work on the beaches is expected to begin this fall with completion some next spring.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is resuming their dredging operations in the Ocean City Inlet this month.

The vessel is expected to be in the resort city for a month after beginning its dredging operations in late April.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the dredger is expected to scoop out up to 40-thousand cubic yards of sand which accumulates as it moves south towards Assateague Island.

The dredging is usually done twice a year and clears out the sediment in the inlet area.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A project will soon get underway to better protect a stretch of Norfolk shoreline from storm damage.

WAVY-TV reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start the $34.5 million project this month. The Corps will put 1.2 million cubic yards of sand along 7.3 miles.

The section of beach goes from the Willoughby Spit near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to an area near Little Creek Inlet. The Corps says this largely residential area sits "virtually unprotected."

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.

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The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to ease the restrictions on oyster aquaculture.

The plan now open for public comment would make it easier for those applying for aquaculture permits and would eliminate size restrictions.

WBOC reports that some say this is a wave of the future.

But local watermen are expressing their concerns.

They fear this could open up the region for large companies to stake a claim on large portions of the Bay.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware beachgoers can expect narrower beaches this summer due to storms and high tides.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports two nor'easters have affected Delaware beaches - one in early October, and a second hit in January with near-hurricane force winds, record-setting high tides and waves as tall as two-story buildings.
 

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The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at dredging the inlet channel in Ocean City beginning in the first week of next month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that after the last winter storm the Corps decided to carry out the dredging earlier than planned.

Around 15-thousand cubic yards of material is will be needed to be removed from the channel to reach the 10 foot depth needed for passage.

Next month’s dredging should dig out around 10-thousand cubic yards.

The rest is expected to be done in April.

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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - At least $1 million in federal money earmarked to build new oyster reefs on the Eastern Shore will instead go to Virginia after Maryland officials asked that the project be delayed.
 

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