DNREC head: Beach replenishment may cost towns, county

Article and Photo from the Delmarva Daily Times

Following winter storm Jonas’ devastating effect on coastal Delaware, in which high winds and tides tore through sand dunes and eroded previous beach replenishment efforts, towns looking to repair their coastlines may need to start thinking about cost.

During a talk Friday with Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small at the Hyatt’s Place hotel in Dewey Beach, the department head said it may be time to look at whether municipalities and counties dealing with the issue need to help pay some of the cost.

“This is really an opportune time to dust off this conversation,” Small said. “For years, we’ve defined the ‘local share’ as covered by the state.”

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