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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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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they intend to pursue federal disaster assistance after this weekend's snowstorm.

Russell Strickland, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced Monday he has sent the letter of intent to seek assistance to federal officials.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has directed the agency to work with the federal government and seek all available assistance to support recovery efforts.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is planning on doing some dredging in Somerset County.

They are eyeing Smith Island and Crisfield Harbor.

Roads Department Director George Barnes told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expected the Corps in February to inspect look for sites where some 350-thousand cubic yards of dredged spoil can be located.

He hopes the dredging can get under way by this spring or summer.

Barnes is also looking at the Wenona Marina project which including adding boat slips, electricity and a sewer outstation.

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There’s legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would urge Congress to do something about the state of the Conowingo Dam.

The dam is blamed for sediment flowing into the bay which contains harmful nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen when the dam floods.

The Maryland Senate resolution wants the Congress to get the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on the state of pollution at the dam.

Last November a $1.4 million study found that cutting pollution into the bay would fall mostly only the shoulders of agricultural communities.

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The Army Corps of Engineers has approved speeding up $62.5 million for deepening the main channel of the Delaware River for the current budget year.

The agency wants to make sure that the entire 102 mile project is done by 2017.

Most of the money will go toward dredging, blasting and rock  removal on a portion just north of Edgemoor near the Philadelphia International Airport.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the schedule was moved up to make sure that contractors could meet restrictions that limit work to a December 1st through March 15th time frame.

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This fall the Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging the Isle of Wight and the Sinepuxent Bay Channels.

Money will flow from the Hurricane Sandy relief funds which will also repair the damaged seawall along the north side of the Ocean City Inlet.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the corps figures the current channel depth of Isle of White at 2 feet and the Sinepuxent Bay at 3 feet.


The Army Corps of Engineers are now on the verge of completing an erosion reduction plan for the Indian River Inlet bridge that they drew up more than 40 years ago.

The project is being financed through the Sandy relief bill that includes funding for the original design after damage done by the storm.

It will involve construction of a huge dune along the coastal highway bridge. 

The plan is to pump 500-thousand cubic yards of sand to build a dune averaging 16 feet high allowing for, at least, a 50 foot wide beach.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal plan to restore the native oyster to the Chesapeake Bay identifies 24 tributaries in Virginia and Maryland that provide the best potential to bring back a coveted hard-shell that has declined to less than 1 percent of historic highs.

The plan was prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the federally directed effort to restore the environmentally battered estuary, the nation's largest. It concludes that 14 tributaries in Maryland and 10 in Virginia offer the best hope of restoring the bay oyster.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has rejected an appeal from environmental groups and the state of New Jersey challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of the Delaware River.

In a 67-page ruling issued Tuesday, the court upheld decisions by federal judges in Delaware and New Jersey who said the Corps could deepen the shipping channel in the river by five feet without violating federal environmental laws.

The Corps is deepening a 103-mile stretch of the river from 40 to 45 feet in order to accommodate larger commercial ships.