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Fenwick Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL

APPROPRIATION/PHASE: Construction General

BUSINESS LINE: Flood & Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: Senate Committee Resolution, 23 June 1988. Project authorized for construction in WRDA 2000. 

LOCATION: Fenwick Island, Sussex County, is a coastal community located along the Atlantic shoreline just north of the Delaware-Maryland state border. Fenwick Island State Park borders it to the north. 

DESCRIPTION: The plan proposed in the final feasibility report for flood and coastal storm damage reduction at Fenwick Island is a 200-foot wide berm with an elevation of +7.7 feet NAVD, and a dune with an elevation of +17.7 feet NAVD over a total project length of 6,500 feet. The plan includes dune grass, dune fencing, and suitable advance beach fill and periodic nourishment every four years to ensure the integrity of the design.

STATUS: Initial construction was completed in November 2005. 

Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused damage to the Delaware coast from Lewes Beach to Fenwick Island and up the Delaware Bay.  Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) funds under Public Law 84-99 were used to complete a Project Information Report (PIR). FCCE funds were used to restore the project to design template. A contract to complete the repairs and restoration was awarded on 25 June 2013. Pumping began in mid-July of 2013 and was completed on 9 August 2013. 

TIMELINE

Start

Complete

Comments

Initial Construction

Sept 2004

Nov 2005

FCCE Emergency (Sandy)           July 2013         Aug 2013  
FCCE (Oct. 15/Jan. 16)      Scheduled Fall of 2017    


PROJECT GOALS:
The purpose of this project provides for hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction at Fenwick Island, with a berm and a dune, that includes dune grass, dune fencing, a beach fill, and periodic nourishment every four years.

SPONSOR: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

DATE OF PROJECT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: 13 Sept 2004      

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2054

PROJECT MANAGER: George Bock