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Bethany Beach/South Bethany Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: Senate Committee Resolution, 23 June 1988. Project authorized for construction by Title I, Section 101 (a) (15) of WRDA ’99.

LOCATION: The towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany are communities along the Atlantic Ocean Coast of Delaware, in Sussex County.

DESCRIPTION: The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project area extends along approximately 2 miles of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Delaware in Sussex County, Delaware. The plan proposed in the final feasibility report for the purpose of flood and coastal storm damage reduction consists of a sand fill beach and dune project, in two independent discontinuous segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany. The project includes a 150-foot wide berm with an elevation of +7.0 feet NAVD, and a dune with an elevation of +16.0 feet NAVD over a total project length of 14,950 feet (2.8 miles). The recommended project consists of providing 3.5 million cubic yards initial beach fill, with subsequent nourishment of 480,000 cubic yards every three years. The plan includes dune grass, dune fencing, and suitable advance beach fill and periodic nourishment every three years to ensure the integrity of the design.

STATUS: Initial construction was completed in June 2008. FY 2011 funds were used to award a contract to complete the 2nd renourishment cycle. The contract was awarded in September 2011 with construction beginning in October 2011.  Beachfill operations were completed in March 2011 for Bethany and October 2011 for South Bethany. 

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). The results of the PIR determined that the project was eligible for FCCE funding to restore the project. A contract to complete the repairs and restoration was awarded on 25 June 2013. Pumping began on 18 August 2013 and was completed on 28 September 2013.

FCCE funds were used to complete a Project Information Report as a result of damages incurred from Oct 15 nor’easter/Hurricane Joaquin. Funds were made available in 2017 enabling the District to move forward to awarding a construction contract. Work is expected to take place in the fall of 2017. 


TIMELINE

Start

Complete

Comments

Initial Construction

June 2008

Emergency Work

Jan 2009

June 2009

2nd Periodic Nourishment

Oct. 2011

 

FCCE (Sandy)           Aug 2013          Sept 2013  
FCCE (Oct. 15/Jan. 16)         Fall 2017  

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction consisting of a sand fill beach and dune project, in two independent segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany. It includes a berm, a dune, beach fill, dune grass, dune fencing, and periodic nourishment every three years.

SPONSOR: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

DATE OF PROJECT AGREEMENT: 26 JUL 2006       

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2057

PROJECT MANAGER: George Bock