Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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8:35 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Delaware's Successful Comeback From Hurricane Sandy

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One year after Superstorm Sandy Delaware’s tourism industry has successfully survived the massive storm.

2 million cubic yards of sand has been used to shore up the beaches scoured by the hurricane.

Federal funding was also used to widen and beef up the north beach to protect the highway in the Indian River Inlet where waves from Sandy drove sand drifts 6 feet deep over Route 1.

Sand replenishment is also underway at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

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8:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nearly $20 Million More for Restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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Another $19.8 million will be coming to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for restoration in the wake of the storm-damage done to the beach and marsh south of Fowler Beach Road.

That’s in addition to $20 million set aside for beach and dune restoration after the refuge shore line was breached during Hurricane Sandy.

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8:46 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Prime Hook Road Reopens After Storm

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Transportation officials say Prime Hook Road is open again following flooding that closed the road during last week's winter storm.

The road connects Prime Hook Beach to Coastal Highway and runs along the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The storm cut off the main access to the Delaware Bay community in Sussex County. The road is used by about 200 year-round residents.

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8:58 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Millions of Cubic Sand and Sediment for Wildlife Refuge

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Four to seven million cubic yards of sand and sediment will be needed to restore the damaged marshes at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

That’s the word from state research scientist Robert Scarborough who outlined a detailed assessment of what must be done to restore two wetland areas that have not kept up with sea-level rise.

The assessment came during the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Environmental Summit in Cape May, New Jersey.

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12:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Could Imperil Red Knot Shorebird

The after affects of Hurricane Sandy could imperil the red knot shore bird at the Mispillion Harbor in Delaware and the New Jersey Beaches, say wildlife experts.


The shorebird stops off in the area to gorge on crab eggs during the spring on its way to Arctic breeding grounds.


Tom Kelsch, vice president for conservation programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, also told the Wilmington News Journal that one of the biggest problems is to make sure the Delaware Bay shore has enough sandy beach for horseshoe crabs to spawn this spring.

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8:47 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Delaware Explores Ways to Stop Flooding at State Park

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Delaware state officials will be looking to see if there is a quick fix to stop flooding and road overwash at the Prime Hook Beach.


The Wilmington News Journal reports that building a structure to hold back the Delaware Bay waters would be a major shift from pumping sand to fight shoreline erosion, storm damage and sea-level rise.


State officials want to build a bulkhead-like structure to protect the north side of Delaware Route 1 at the $150-million Indian River Inlet Bridge.

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8:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Federal Regulators Propose Changes for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

 DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal regulators have issued a draft comprehensive conservation plan for the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.

The draft plan released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes three options for managing the refuge for the next 15 years.

One option is maintain current management practices. Another is to return to management plans used in the past, which would require some changes to current public use programs.

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