Replenishment projects set for Rehoboth, Dewey beaches
The nor’easter that churned off the East Coast last week showed just how vulnerable Delaware’s beaches can be, as several coastal communities faced flooding conditions as ocean waters breached sand dunes.
That’s why Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koenig said the upcoming beach replenishment projects at both Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach are so vital in helping preserve the valuable tourism market along Delaware’s coastlines.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District recently awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois, for $7.21 million to conduct periodic nourishment of the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management project.
The project is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Beach replenishment work in Rehoboth Beach is scheduled to begin over the next couple of weeks while Dewey Beach is expected to begin receiving its replenishment around mid-November.