Mid-Atlantic
Jason Minto / The News Journal

DE - Letter: Why won't Delaware step up for bayfront communities?

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did a study to pump sand dredged from the shipping channel onto seven bayshore beaches to protect them from storms — rather than dumping the sand out in the lower bay.

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did a study to pump sand dredged from the shipping channel onto seven bayshore beaches to protect them from storms — rather than dumping the sand out in the lower bay. The Corps also did a similar study on the New Jersey side of the Bay in 2019. Even though the Delaware study was completed first, the Corps is planning to pump the dredged sand onto the New Jersey bayshore beaches. Why? Because New Jersey’s government has agreed to pay their share — 35% of the total cost — while Delaware’s state government has not.

Delaware partners with the Corps to pump dredged sand onto Lewes Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Delaware’s state government should value its bayfront communities as much as it values the oceanfront communities.

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